Community Economic Development Program Operational Projects

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2008, contingent upon available funding, the Office of Community Services (OCS) will award Community Economic Development (CED) discretionary grant funds for well-planned, financially viable, and innovative projects.

OCS will award funds to Community Development Corporations


(CDCs) that are experienced in implementing economic development projects.

OCS intends that grant funds awarded under this announcement will provide resources to eligible CDCs for their job creation and business projects, as a strategy to address broader objectives such as arresting tendencies toward financial dependency, chronic unemployment, and community deterioration in both urban and rural areas.

Eligible CDCs must submit a business plan that demonstrates the economic viability of the venture.

Related Programs

Community Services Block Grant_Discretionary Awards

Department of Health and Human Services

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

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Additional Information of Eligibility:
An applicant must be a private, non-profit CDC experienced in developing and managing economic development projects.

For purposes of this grant program, the CDC must be governed by a Board of Directors consisting of residents of the community and business and civic leaders.

The CDC must have as a principal purpose: planning, developing, or managing low-income housing or community development activities.

An applicant must document its eligibility as a CDC for the purposes of this grant program.

The application must include a list of governing board members that provides a designations as one of the three types: a community resident, business, or civic leader.

In addition, the application must include documentation that the organization has as a primary purpose: planning, developing, or community development or managing low-income housing activites.

This documentation may include incorporation documents or other CDC organizational documents (e.g., article of incorporation papers, by-laws, official documents that identify the organization).

Faith-based and community organizations are eligible to apply.

Foreign entities are not eligible under this announcement.

Full Opportunity Web Address:


Agency Email Description:
Rafael Elizalde

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