Community Economic Development Projects

Quick Facts

Due DateJuly 21, 2014 (Monday)
Award Amount$ 100,000 - $ 800,000
Category of Funding ActivityIncome Security and Social Services
Eligible Applicants
  • 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
  • Others - 'To be eligible for the CED program, an applicant must meet three conditions: 1. Applicant must be a private, non-profit CDC with 501(c)(3) or non-501(c)(3) status; 2. Applicant must have articles of incorporation, bylaws, or other official documents demonstrating that the CDC has as a principal purpose the planning, developing, or managing of low-income housing or community economic development activities; and 3. The Board of Directors must have representation from each of the following: community residents, business leaders, and civic leaders. Note: The CDC designation does not need to be specified on any official documents as long as the three requirements stated above are met.” Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement. Faith-based organizations are encouraged to review the ACF Policy on Grants to Faith-Based Organizations at: http: //www.acf.hhs.gov/acf-policy-on-grants-to-faith-based-organizations. Applications from individuals, foreign entities, and sole proprietorship for-profit organizations are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

Program Description

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Community Services (OCS) will award up to $17.9 million in Community Economic Development (CED) discretionary grant funds to Community Development Corporations (CDC) for well-planned, financially viable, and innovative projects to enhance job creation and business development for low-income individuals. CED grants will be made as part of a broader strategy to address objectives such as decreasing dependency on federal programs, chronic unemployment, and community deterioration in urban and rural areas. CED projects are expected to actively recruit low-income individuals to fill the positions created by CED-funded development activities, and to assist those individuals to successfully hold those jobs and ensure that the businesses and jobs created remain viable for at least one year after the end of the grant period. CED-funded projects can be non-construction or construction projects. The grant period for non-construction projects is 3 years; for construction projects, the grant period is 5 years. The CED program permits facility construction as needed to support business creation, business expansion, and/or job creation. However, it is important to note that short-term construction jobs associated with preparing for business startup or expansion are not counted when determining the number of jobs created under the CED program as they are designed to be temporary in nature. OCS is encouraging applications from CDCs to target rural areas and underserved areas, and from 19 states and territories that do not have active CED projects, including American Samoa, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Island of Guam, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Furthermore, OCS is encouraging projects that align with the Promise Zones Initiative or Choice Neighborhoods Program.

General Information

Funding Opportunity NumberHHS-2014-ACF-OCS-EE-0817
Funding Opportunity TitleCommunity Economic Development Projects
Opportunity CategoryIncome Security and Social Services
Funding Instrument TypeGrant
Category ExplanationNot Available
Number of Awards22
Cost Sharing or Matching RequirementNo
Posted DateMay 23, 2014 (Friday)
Application Due DateJuly 21, 2014 (Monday)
***Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m., ET, on the listed application due date.
Application Archive DateAugust 20, 2014 (Wednesday)
Total Program Funding$ 17,900,000
Award Amount$ 100,000 - $ 800,000
CFDA Number
  • 93.570 - Community Services Block Grant_Discretionary Awards

Eligible Applicants

  • 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
  • Others - 'To be eligible for the CED program, an applicant must meet three conditions: 1. Applicant must be a private, non-profit CDC with 501(c)(3) or non-501(c)(3) status; 2. Applicant must have articles of incorporation, bylaws, or other official documents demonstrating that the CDC has as a principal purpose the planning, developing, or managing of low-income housing or community economic development activities; and 3. The Board of Directors must have representation from each of the following: community residents, business leaders, and civic leaders. Note: The CDC designation does not need to be specified on any official documents as long as the three requirements stated above are met.” Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement. Faith-based organizations are encouraged to review the ACF Policy on Grants to Faith-Based Organizations at: http: //www.acf.hhs.gov/acf-policy-on-grants-to-faith-based-organizations. Applications from individuals, foreign entities, and sole proprietorship for-profit organizations are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

Contact Information

Agency NameDepartment of Health and Human Services
Program Information Websitehttp://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/view/HHS-2014-ACF-OCS-EE-0817
ContactOffice: Administration for Children and Families
Address: Administration for Children and Families - OCS
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