Community Trade Adjustment Assistance

To assist communities impacted by trade with economic adjustment through the: (1) coordination of federal, State, and local resources; (2) creation of community-based development strategies; and (3) development and provision of programs that help communities adjust to trade impacts.

The Community
TAA Program is designed to provide a wide range of technical, planning, and infrastructure assistance and respond adaptively to pressing trade impact issues.

Agency - Department of Commerce

The Department of Commerce fosters and promotes the nation's economic development and technological advancement through vigilance in international trade policy, domestic business policy and growth, and promoting economic progress at all levels.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Refer to Appendix IV of the Catalog for EDA regional office contact information.

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Strategy investments help organize and carry out a planning process in order to develop a strategic plan tailored to the community"s specific economic problems and opportunities, including amendments to existing Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) to address trade related challenges.

Implementation investments support one or more activities identified in an EDA-approved strategic plan.

Awards may be used for activities such as developing and updating a strategic plan and for implementing the plan by carrying out projects for site acquisition and preparation, construction, rehabilitation, and equipping facilities, technical assistance, market or industry research and analysis, and other activities set out in 13 CFR 313.7.

To receive assistance, a community must petition to be designated as an "Impacted Community," meaning that the community is significantly affected by trade impacts.

A community may receive such designation from the Secretary of Commerce if the community demonstrates that: (1) the community has a "Cognizable Certification," that is Secretary of Labor has certified a group of workers in the community as eligible for TAA for Workers benefits, the Secretary of Commerce has certified a firm in the community as eligible for TAA for Firms benefits, or a group of agricultural producers in the community has been certified to receive benefits under the TAA for Farmers and Fishermen program; and (2) the Secretary determines that the community is significantly affected by the threat to, or the loss of, jobs associated with that certification.

All EDA grants are discretionary.

EDA does not award any formula grants.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicant for EDA investment assistance under the Community TAA program include cities, counties, or other political subdivisions of a State or a consortium of political subdivisions of a State.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Eligible beneficiaries of EDA investment assistance under the Community TAA program include cities, counties, or other political subdivisions of a State or a consortium of political subdivisions of a State.


In accordance with section 273 of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C. § 2371b), to receive assistance under the Community TAA Program, a community must have one or more of the "Cognizable Certifications (See also the definition of Cognizable Certification set out as 13 C.F.R. § 313.2). OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

An environmental impact assessment is required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedures

Applications are evaluated by EDA Regional Office staff and approved by the Regional Director.


Jan 11, 2010 to Apr 20, 2010 Applications must be received by April 20, 2010 at 5:00 pm local time to allow time for processing since program funds expire September 30, 2010.


Chapter 4, Title II of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended, 19 U.S.C. 2371 et seq., (Trade Act).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

The deadlines are set forth in the applicable announcement of federal funding opportunity (FFO).


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 25.%. The Federal share of a grant to develop a strategic plan may not exceed 75 percent and the local share must be at least 25 percent. The federal share of an implementation grant may not exceed 95 percent of the cost of the project and the community s share may not be less than 5 percent. Implementation grants may not exceed $5,000,000. Priority shall be given to grant applications submitted by small and medium-sized communities.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

None. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance will be awarded/released to recipients in accordance with the grant terms and conditions.

Post Assistance Requirements


Periodic reporting of operating results and progress, financial statements, and summary of funds spent, consistent with EDA s Government Performance Results Act (GPRA) reporting requirements and those that may be added to assess the impact of the assistance on the community, its economic resilience, and international competitiveness.

When funds are advanced to recipients the DoC shall require each recipient to submit the SF-272 and, when necessary, its continuation sheet, SF-272a.

The DoC shall use this report to monitor funds advanced to recipients and to obtain disbursement information for each agreement with the recipients.

If construction is included in the project, quarterly reports on the progress of construction are required.

EDA requires the submission of the SF-425 Federal Financial Report.

EDA reserves the right to conduct site visits.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, recipients that are States, local governments, nonprofit organizations, and institutions of higher education are subject to the audit requirements contained in the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 (31 U.S.C. 7501 et seq.). Commercial organizations shall be subject to the audit requirements as stipulated in the award documents. States, local governments, and nonprofit organizations that expend $500,000 or more in a year in federal awards shall have a single or program-specific audit conducted for that year.


Records are required to be maintained for 3 years from the date of submission, unless otherwise provided. All financial and programmatic records, supporting documents, statistical reports, and other records of recipients or sub-recipients are required to be maintained by the terms of the grant award agreement. The recipient must retain records for three years after submission of the final financial report, and have them readily available for inspection and audit.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 09 $0; FY 10 est $40,000,000; FY 11 est $0 - The Community Trade Adjustment Assistance opportunity was funded only for FY 2010 under the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2009 (Public Law No. 111-32, 123 Stat. 1859, at 1860 (2009)). Funding was not authorized in the FY 2009 or FY 2011 budgets.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

13 CFR Part 313

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Refer to Appendix IV of the Catalog for EDA regional office contact information.

Headquarters Office

1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Room D100, Washington, District of Columbia 20230

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Planning proposals that are intended to (1) diversify and strengthen the community s economy; (2) identify impediments to economic development that result from the impact of trade; and (3) develop a community strategic plan to address economic adjustment and workforce dislocation in the community. Preference shall be given to plans submitted by EDA s existing partnership planning grantees and that identify other federal, State and local resources available to assist the community. Implementation proposals: Preference shall be given to proposals that arise from CTAA planning activities and that promise to benefit indigenous populations, diversify the economy, and address global competition.

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