SEDAP Application Guidelines

The 2020 SEDAP Application Cycle opens March 2, 2020 and closes June 28, 2020.

The DRA has modified the 2020 SEDAP timeline to extend the application deadline from May 31st to June 28th. The deadline extension should provide applicants ample time to access local needs and develop projects that meet DRA guidelines in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic situation. Please review the below application guidelines and process as well as eligibility requirements, funding priorities, and distress counties/parishes to assess your eligibility and interest in applying for SEDAP funding. All necessary information for application consideration can be found in the 2020 SEDAP Manual. If interested in applying during the 2020 cycle, contact your local development district.

SEDAP Application and Selection Process

Funding for projects will depend upon the receipt of DRA’s annual appropriation and passage of the DRA budget at the annual Governors' Quorum Meeting which takes place in late February each year.  Each state’s allocation of SEDAP funding shall be made available for eligible projects, provided the state assessed dues have been remitted in full. 

Eligible applicants should work with Local Development District (LDD) offices to prepare and submit applications to the DRA. Once project applications are received, a review and determination of project eligibility are made, and projects are then divided into Tier 1 and Tier 2 eligible projects or are considered ineligible to receive funding.  Any applicant whose project is found to be ineligible will be allowed to appeal this decision by working with the LDD and/or DRA to provide additional documentation or other supporting documents to address the material issue(s) cited.

Tier 1 projects must meet each of the following three federal priorities, as outlined in the Eligibility Guidelines: 1) job creation and/or retention utilizing a participation agreement, 2) include other sources of public and/or private funds, and 3) have a regional impact.  In addition, projects meeting the imminent health or safety threat classification can be considered a Tier 1 project with proper documentation and support from the appropriate state or federal agency (i.e. Department of Environmental Quality).  Finally, projects considered to be state economic development priority projects (by the Governor’s office) can be considered a Tier 1 project without meeting all three required federal priorities, provided the Governor’s office: 1) recommends the project for funding, 2) certifies the project, 3) requests a waiver of the unmet Tier 1 criteria and 4) provides to the Federal Co-Chairman justification for the waiver.  Tier one projects may be recommended for funding by the state at any time during the announced open funding window.  This will provide an expedited pathway for Tier 1 projects. 

IMPORTANT:  Each state will be required to spend 50 percent of the state allocation on Tier 1 projects, before recommending Tier 2 projects for funding. 

Tier 2 projects will encompass all other eligible projects.  Should the state not receive enough Tier 1 applications to consider for funding recommendations, Tier 2 projects will be allowed to exceed 50 percent of the state’s allocation.  Tier 2 projects shall be considered at any point after 50 percent of funds have been applied to Tier 1 projects or during the last week of the funding window, ending on June 30th. 

The months of September through December each year will be considered an “administrative dead period” for SEDAP application activity.  Other funding opportunities and the associated eligibility reviews may continue during this time.

*The above process is effective as of March 2, 2020 for the FY 2020 SEDAP cycle.

Other Types of Funding

A “Replacement” project takes the place of a project that fails to materialize within the current SEDAP funding cycle. In an effort to encourage timely economic development efforts, a state may choose to utilize project funding from the current cycle in order to fund a more viable project, if a project fails to materialize or begin work within 12 months from the Notice to Proceed date. A replacement application should be submitted online. Provided the project meets DRA eligibility requirements, the project will be voted on by the DRA Board and award documents will be issued. Replacement projects should be “shovel-ready” and DRA reimbursements should begin within the first 90-days of the new project’s Notice to Proceed.

2020 SEDAP Timeline*

March 2

SEDAP funding opportunity announcement  
March 2 - June 28 Deadline to submit applications to LDDs  
July 5 LDDs complete technical assistance work with applicants and submit final applications to DRA  
July 26 DRA staff work complete  
August 2 Chairman determines eligibility  
August 16

Designees have met with Governors


August 23

Project determination calls are held

September 6 Certification letters received and projects votes closed  
  Announcements, award documents, notices to proceed follow immediately upon receipt of certification letters and are coordinated through DRA communications staff  
*updated April 2020