DRA Opens 2019 Application Period for Community Investments

March 04, 2019

CLARKSDALE, MS. – Delta Regional Authority (DRA) Chairman Chris Caldwell announced today that DRA is opening the 2019 application cycle to provide investments through its available funding opportunities. DRA funding programs are tailored to address specific infrastructure improvements, help develop the Delta’s workforce and local industries, and enhance regional economic opportunities.

Organizations and communities can apply online at funding.dra.gov. The deadline to submit applications is May 31, and funds are available in DRA’s footprint in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee.

“Our goal at DRA is to forge partnerships to invest in infrastructure improvements that will create economic development opportunities in the DRA region,” said Chairman Chris Caldwell. “We provide multiple funding opportunities to strengthen communities and help provide jobs for the 10 million residents who live in our footprint.”

Communities and organizations are encouraged to work closely with their local development district office, which has staff members trained by the DRA, to assist with the application process. 
Information on state-specific funding allocations, funding program eligibility requirements and guidelines, and contact information for local development districts are available here.
About the Delta Regional Authority
The Delta Regional Authority is a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000 to help create jobs, build communities, and improve lives through strategic investments in economic development in 252 counties and parishes across eight states. DRA has approved investments of more than $211 million into more than 1,200 projects. Overall, DRA investments have estimated outcomes since 2002 that will create and retain more than 60,000 jobs, train nearly 54,000 workers to advance in the 21st Century, and deliver sewer and water improvements to 400,000 residents and businesses. Learn more at dra.gov.

Contact: Andrew Moreau