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Community Economic Development Focus on Social Enterprises

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 93.570
Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Aug 5, 2019

For programmatic or technical questions:
Gerald Shanklin

For grants management or budget questions:
Tim Chappelle


The Community Economic Development (CED) Focus on Social Enterprises program provides Grants to provide technical and financial assistance to support organizations willing to create or expand social enterprises that will work to reduce personal or community barriers and provide economic support through the creation of employment and business opportunities for individuals and families with low income. Bonus points will be awarded to projects that will create jobs in rural communities with high rates of poverty, unemployment, or substance abuse, or hire individuals with low income from rural communities to fill positions created.

The positions created should:

  • Lead to increased self-sufficiency for individuals and families with low income
  • Create businesses and jobs in low income communities that improve the livelihood of those who obtain those jobs and strengthen the economic life of the community itself
  • Attract additional public and private funds to increase community investment and quality of life in low income communities

Community barriers are defined as conditions in a community that impede success in employment or self-employment of individuals with low incomes. Such conditions may include:

  • Lack of employment education and training programs
  • Lack of public transportation
  • Lack of markets
  • Unavailability of financing, insurance, and bonding
  • Inadequate social services
  • Substance abuse
  • Inadequate healthcare access
  • Environmental health hazards

Applicants must meet 3 conditions:

  • Applicant must be a private, non-profit Community Development Corporation (CDC) with 501(c)(3) status
  • Applicant must have articles of incorporation or bylaws demonstrating that the CDC has as a principal purpose the planning, developing, or managing of low-income housing or community economic development activities
  • The Board of Directors must have representation from community residents, business leaders, and civic leaders
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $400,000 per year
Project period: 5 years
Estimated number of awards: 6
Estimated total program funding: $2,400,000

Application process

Links to the full announcement and the online application process are available through

CED technical assistance page

Tagged as
Access · Capital funding · Community and economic development · Employment and unemployment · Environmental health · Human services · Poverty · Self-sufficiency · Substance use and misuse · Transportation

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