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Grants to USA IHEs, Agencies, Tribes, and Nonprofits in Eligible Locations for Defense Manufacturing Industry Development

Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program (DMCSP)


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Funding Source
US Department of Defense
Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation (OLDCC)
CFDA Number: 12.600
Funding or PIN Number: OLDCC-23-F-0002
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Important Dates
Deadline: 06/26/23 5:00 PM PDT Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA IHEs, government agencies, tribes, and nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for projects to expand the defense manufacturing industry. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Funding is intended to support investments in communities that strengthen national security innovation and expand the capabilities of the defense manufacturing industrial ecosystem. Applicants must receive an official designation as a Defense Manufacturing Community from the Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation.

The Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program, authorized under Section 846 of the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (P.L. 115-232), supports long-term investments in critical skills, facilities, research and development, and small business support in order to strengthen the national security innovation and manufacturing base by designating and supporting consortia as defense manufacturing communities. Consortia membership can include entities of State and local government, defense manufacturers, workforce organizations, defense industry and association-led organizations, non-profit organizations, academia, and various combinations thereof. State and local economic development organizations can be valuable partners in connecting the defense-focused project with broader public initiatives, while industry associations and companies can invest in proven programs and technologies to bring them to scale.

The program also seeks to ensure complementarity of designated Defense Manufacturing Communities with existing Department of Defense Manufacturing Innovation Institutes. Since 2012, the Department of Defense has established nine (9) Manufacturing Innovation Institutes as a valuable source of innovation for the defense industrial base. These Institutes are public-private partnerships designed to overcome the challenges faced by American manufacturing innovators in a variety of technology areas. While each Institute operates in its own unique ecosystem, the Institutes offer common capabilities that:

  • Provide access to state-of-the-art tools and equipment that are otherwise beyond the reach of most businesses
  • Implement targeted education and workforce development training programs
  • Encourage project investments in applied research and industrially-relevant manufacturing technologies 

Consortia may seek to support their regional defense ecosystems through:

  • Equipment or facility upgrade 
  • Workforce training, retraining, or recruitment and retention, including that of women and underrepresented minorities 
  • Business incubators 
  • Advanced research and commercialization, including with Federal laboratories and depots 
  • Supply chain development 
  • Small business assistance


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Proposals for projects must be submitted by a “Lead Organization” on behalf of a regional consortium as part of the proposal being submitted.

For the purpose of this announcement, a “consortium” is an association of persons and organizations/ entities focused on a common challenge in defense manufacturing or defense-related technology. These consortia represent active networks of similar, synergistic or complementary organizations engaged in a particular defense manufacturing industry sector or vertical, with active channels for business transactions, communications, dialogue, and workforce development that share specialized infrastructure, labor markets and services.

A Lead Organization of a consortium applying for project finding must meet the following requirements:
o Be an established entity with a defined management structure, and the authority to bind the
consortium to deliver the commitments undertaken by the consortium in furtherance of the
proposed strategy;
o Be recognized as a Lead Organization by key partners and stakeholders through formal written documentation; and,
o Be one of the following types of entities:
- State, local or tribal government organization,
- Public or private non-profit consortium of defense industry, or
- Institution of higher education or a consortium of higher education institutions.

Additionally, proposed consortium:
o May be composed of members from State and local government, defense industry, Federal
laboratories, industry associations, Department of Defense Manufacturing Innovation Institutes, and academia;
o Must demonstrate regional collaboration capabilities, and a regional concentration of technologies or industrial base supply chains that are critical to national security; and,
o Must demonstrate complementarity with Defense Manufacturing Innovation Institutes.

Pre-Proposal Conference
The Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation will host an informational webinar on May 4th at 2 p.m. EDT/ 11 a.m. PDT, to review the goals and objectives of the Notice of Funding Opportunity and answer questions from interested respondents.

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Pre-Application Information
The Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation must receive complete proposals for project funding by 5:00 p.m. PDT on June 26, 2023 (the Proposal Deadline).

During open competition periods, the general application process is as follows:
- Step 1: The consortium must apply for and receive designation as a Defense Manufacturing Community. Proposals will be evaluated according to the eligibility and scoring criteria listed within the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) in
- Step 2: Upon receiving the above designation, the consortium will be invited to submit a grant application for funding.

All grant agreements must be issued and countersigned prior to September 20, 2023, so the appropriated funds can be obligated no later than September 30, 2023.

Proposals must commit to a matching share, in cash or in-kind (including calculated value of personnel, goods, and services, including direct and indirect costs), of at least twenty percent (20%) of the entire proposed project cost.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
The maximum award for any one consortia is $5 million.

Term of Contract
Periods of performance may also vary, but in no case exceed five (5) years, with a start date of September 1, 2023, and an end date of no later than June 30, 2028.

Contact Information
Hiwot Gebremariam
Program Activity Lead, Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program
(703) 679-2901

RFP & Supporting Documents
Full Grant Text RFP

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