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Department of Defense - Office of Economic Adjustment

Program Description


The Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) is the Department of Defense’s (DOD) primary source for assisting communities that are adversely impacted by Defense program changes, including base closures or realignments, base expansions, and contract or program cancellations. Within OEA, the primary tool for DOD’s economic adjustment projects is the Defense Economic Adjustment program for base realignment and closure (BRAC).

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Financial Assistance

Community Base Reuse Planning Grants

Planning grants are provided to assist local governments or states in developing reuse/redevelopment plans for military installations approved for closure or realignment.

Eligibility Requirements: Local governments and states whose communities are affected by base realignment and closure are eligible.


Community Economic Adjustment Assistance for Advance Planning

Advance planning funding is provided to assist state, regional governmental organizations or local governments to undertake economic adjustment planning activities intended to lessen an area’s dependence on military base-related defense spending and/or to prepare strategies and schematic plans for the potential reuse or redevelopment of active bases.

Eligibility Requirements: Eligible entities include: states, regional governmental organizations or local governments.

Availability: Annual grant awards can be up to $175,000.


Growth Management Planning Assistance Grants

These grants are provided to assist local governments or states on behalf of local governments to undertake community economic adjustment planning activities in response to the establishment or expansion of a DOD military installation. This activity is directed toward impacts resulting from the opening or expansion of a military installation, and the additional civilian public facilities and services that may be required to support the increased military presence.

Eligibility Requirements: Eligible entities include local governments and states.

Limitations: Applicant must provide documentation that: a) the Defense action has occurred or will occur; b) it has imposed or is likely to impose a direct and significant adverse consequence; and c) other impact assistance is not available.

Availability: Annual grant awards typically range from $100,000-$300,000.

Technical Assistance

Defense Economic Adjustment Program for BRAC

OEA encourages communities to integrate cleanup issues into the overall planning for redevelopment, and since many base closure actions result in extensive planning and review of economic development goals, there is often an opportunity to adapt the concepts and techniques of brownfields redevelopment as elements of a larger set of community development actions.

Eligibility Requirements: OEA can provide technical and financial assistance to state and local governments directly impacted by a base closure or realignment.

Restrictions: Grants are restricted to state and local governments to plan and carry out defense adjustment strategies.

Availability: Requests for OEA assistance can be made by, or on behalf of, state and/or local elected officials.

Uses/Applications: Grants and technical resources can be used for brownfields related activities including:

Additional Information

Joe Cartwright, Associate Director
Office of Economic Adjustment
400 Army Navy Drive
Arlington, VA 22202-2884

Kurt Kratz, Director of Environmental Cleanup
Office of the Deputy Under Secretary for Installations and Environment (I&E)
Department of Defense
3C 765
The Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301-3400

Main Website: http://www.oea.gov

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