The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) is pleased to unveil its new Single Application for Assistance. Since the first Single Application for Assistance was released in 1998, DCED has continued to look for ways to improve our customer service and provide businesses, community organizations and local governments with an easier and more accurate tool to apply for programs administered by the department.

The new Single Application for Assistance allows the applicant to apply for various programs using one form while capturing specific program information needed to evaluate the project for possible funding. The application is designed to help applicants comprehend the program requirements upfront and expedite the review process.

DCED has a large number of programs available for for-profit companies, non-profit organizations and local governments. In order to assist applicants with a list of the best possible program options for their company/organization, a Program Finder has been added to the application. The Program Finder will provide a list of programs based on eligibility and/or the use of funds, and provides a short program description along with links to the program’s fact sheet and guidelines.

Additional highlights of the new application are:

  • One time user registration that will provide a more intelligent application

  • Easier navigation within the application

  • Updated specific program addenda requirements

  • Instant confirmation of a submitted application