Delta Regional Authority Opens Application Cycle for Economic Development Investment Opportunities

March 02, 2022

FY 2022 States’ Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP) application cycle opens March 2, 2022 and closes June 5, 2022.

CLARKSDALE, MS – Today, Delta Regional Authority (DRA) opened the 2022 funding cycle for the States’ Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP).  SEDAP provides direct investments into community-based and regional projects to support basic public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, workforce development, and small business development with an emphasis on entrepreneurship.  Under federal law, at least 75 percent of DRA funds must be invested in economically distressed counties and parishes. 

In 2021, DRA invested over $26.8 million into 81 projects throughout the eight-state DRA region.  The investment was matched by an additional $1 billion in other public and private sector dollars and are expected to create or retain 5,212 jobs, train 2,114 individuals, and affect 32,948 families.  

Communities and organizations are encouraged to work with their Local Development District (LDD) offices to prepare and submit SEDAP applications.  To apply, please visit funding.dra.gov.  

The deadline to submit applications is June 5, 2022.  All necessary information for application consideration can be found in the 2021 SEDAP Manual, and updated information for FY 2022 soon will be provided.  Additional information on state-specific funding allocations, funding eligibility requirements and guidelines, and contact information for local development districts are available here.

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About the Delta Regional Authority

The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) is a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000 to promote and encourage the economic development of the lower Mississippi River Delta region and Alabama Black Belt.  DRA invests in projects supporting transportation infrastructure, basic public infrastructure, workforce training, and business development.  DRA’s mission is to help create jobs, build communities, and improve the lives of those who reside in the 252 counties and parishes of the eight-state region.

DRA Media Contact:
Shawna Blair
202-515-1354
sblair@dra.gov