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EDA Funding

CEDS DocumentThe City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County have continuously worked together for over ten years on the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for our region.  The strategy is a guideline to provide direction for our region and takes into account the work of the Cuyahoga Next Advisors (Blue Ribbon Task Force) and the City’s 2020 Plan.  

Potential applicants eligible for EDA funding assistance should submit a brief 2 page max description of the project to the City of Cleveland Department of Economic Development or Cuyahoga County Department of Development. The CEDS committee, which consists of Cuyahoga County, the City of Cleveland, a business from the County, a business from the City, and the regional chamber of
commerce, will then review and rank the priority of projects based on:  

1.    EDA’s evaluation criteria
2.    EDA’s funding priorities
3.    CEDS economic development priorities  

Download CEDS Project Ranking Score Sheet 

Applications should be sent to:

Gregory Zucca, Strategic Program Officer
Cuyahoga County Department of Development
1701 East 12 Street, 1st
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
Fax: 216-443-7378

U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Department of Commerce

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) was established under the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965, to generate jobs, help retain existing jobs, and stimulate industrial and commercial growth in economically distressed areas of the United States. EDA funding assistance is available to rural and urban areas experiencing high unemployment, low income, or other severe economic distress.

EDA targets its investment assistance on attracting private capital investment and creating higher-skill, higher-wage jobs in those communities and regions that are suffering from economic distress as described. EDA bases funding assistance on locally- and regionally-developed priorities identified by the region’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).


EDA Investment Programs:

  • Public Works and Economic Development Program
  • Economic Adjustment Assistance Program
  • Research and National Technical Assistance
  • Local Technical Assistance
  • Planning Program
  • University Center Economic Development Program
  • Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms Program