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The Make it in America Challenge

Post Date

March 18th 2013

Application Due Date

May 31st 2013

Funding Opportunity Number


CFDA Number(s)


Funding Instrument Type(s)

Cooperative Agreement

Funding Activity Categories

Employment, Labor and Training
Regional Development

Economic Development, Manufacturing

Number of Awards


Eligibility Categories


Each agency contributing to this Funding Opportunity has different eligibility requirements. Please see the following sections of the Funding Opportunity for more specific eligibility information: Section IV.A.2 for EDA Eligibility Information; Section IV.B.2 for NIST Eligibility Information; Section IV.C.2 for ETA Eligibility Information; and Appendix B for DRA Eligibility Information.


  • Estimated Total Funding:


  • Award Range:

    $None - $4000000

Grant Description

This FFO announces the availability of funding for the Make it in America Challenge. The Make it in America Challenge will provide up to $40 million in competitive grant funding through the DOCуs EDA and NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP), DOLуs ETA, and the DRA. This collaboration allows applicants to submit one application to leverage complementary Federal funding sources to support the development and implementation of a regionally driven economic development strategy that accelerates job creation by encouraging re-shoring of productive activity by U.S. firms, fostering increased Foreign Direct Investment, encouraging U.S. companies to keep or expand their businessesяand jobsя in the United States, and training local workers to meet the needs of those businesses. Federal support for the Make it in America Challenge is expected to be used to fund up to 15 projects, each with a project period of up to 3 years. If, however, a project includes EDA-funded construction, that component of the project may have a project period of up to five years. The funding level of each participating Federal Agency will vary, subject to the availability of their respective appropriations. See Section III, Award Information, in the Full Announcement Text of this FFO.

Contact Information

  • Agency

    Department of Commerce

  • Office:

    Economic Development Administration

  • Agency Contact:

    See Appendix D of the Funding Opportunity for agency-specific contact information.

  • Agency Mailing Address:

  • Agency Email Address:

  • Location:

    Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge

  • More Information:

    Make it in America Challenge Website

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