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EDA CARES Act Funding Opportunity



In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, a once-in-a-generation opportunity has been created. The CARES Act has produced a $1.5 billion fund for economic recovery through the Economic Development Administration. Southwest Michigan must respond aggressively to capture our share of this funding for vital economic development projects and planning. The opportunity is uniquely broad and inclusive and the local match split required is amazingly small. This is our moment to be ambitious and innovative in reimagining our post-pandemic economy.


The Southwest Michigan Planning Commission is designated by the U.S. Economic Development Administration as the Economic Development District for Berrien, Cass and Van Buren Counties. 

Project Selection Process 


Due to the scale of the CARES funding, the Southwest Michigan Planning Commission has developed a more robust project identification and selection process in order to advance the region's strongest project proposals to the EDA grant application. 


Project Selection Process Document 


2018 -2024 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy with Addendum


Addendum to 2018-2024 CEDS


Scoring Rubric (used by CEDS Committee Members)

Call for Projects  


The first round of applications are due Friday, July 10th at 5:00 pm. Please use the Project Submission Form to submit projects to burduej@swmpc.org


Project Submission Form


Questions or need assistance? 

Jerrid Burdue, Associate Planner


This page last updated on 6/25/2020.

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CARES Act Recovery Assistance Information from the Economic Development Administration  


To be eligible for funding under EDA’s CARES Act Recovery Assistance, applicants must explain clearly in their application how the proposed project would “prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus” or respond to “economic injury as a result of coronavirus.”


EDA EAA Notice of Funding Opportunity 

(CARES Act Funding starts on pg. 46)


EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance Overview 


EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance Frequently Asked Questions 


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Methods of Procurement - 2 CFR 200 

Southwest Michigan Planning Commission  
376 West Main Street  Suite 130  Benton Harbor, MI 49022-3651
Phone: 269.925.1137  Fax: 269.925.0288  

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