About Community Economic Development

Logo for the Community Economic Development ProgramCommunity Economic Development (CED) is a federal grant program funding Community Development Corporations that address the economic needs of low-income individuals and families through the creation of sustainable business development and employment opportunities.      

CED's projects create employment opportunities that lead to increased self-sufficiency for low-income individuals through a variety of activities, such as:

  • Capital expenditures such as the purchase of equipment or real property;
  • Allowable operating expenses; and
  • Loans or equity investments.

CED funds a variety of projects, including:

CED awards funds to private, non-profit organizations that are community development corporations (CDCs), including faith-based organizations, and Tribal and Alaskan Native organizations. CDCs must be governed by a three-party board of directors that includes residents of the community served, and local business and civic leaders. CDCs must have as their principle purpose planning, developing or managing low-income housing or community development projects. 

CED programs also provide technical and financial assistance for economic development activities. 

Learn more about CED on our Resource and Research pages.

For more information, contact:
Community Economic Development Program
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Community Services
370 L'Enfant Promenade, S.W.
Washington, DC 20447
Phone Number: (202) 401-5663
CED@acf.hhs.gov