Strategic Planning Program

Communities across DRA’s eight-state region lack the capacity and resources to strategically plan. This program will give public entities access to strategic planning funds to address long-standing issues and develop a roadmap for economic growth and opportunity. Applicants for this program have the autonomy to apply for a plan that fits the unique needs and challenges in their community. Eligible plans include, but are not limited to, economic development plans, utility rate studies, transportation plans, workforce development plans, and broadband deployment plans. The program is funded through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law signed by President Biden.

2023 Strategic Planning Program Funding

Total Funds Available: Approx. $3 million

Grant Award Minimum: $25,000

Grant Award Maximum: $150,000

Funding Cycle Opens: March 28, 2023

Application Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

More information about the 2023 Strategic Planning Program can be found in the Request for Proposals and in the Strategic Planning Program Manual.

Applicants are encouraged to contact DRA program staff for additional information regarding submission requirements as well as assistance in developing their application. Technical questions about the RFP should be directed to with the subject line “Strategic Planning Grant RFP.” Include the contact name, applicant organization, and phone number in the body of your email.

Applicants may access the application electronically at:

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