Community Economic Development (CED)

 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-funded projects create or expand new businesses, create new jobs for individuals with low incomes, and leverage additional funding investments in communities.


The Community Economic Development (CED) program does not provide direct grants to individuals; CED does not charge a fee for receiving a grant. If you receive a message offering you a CED grant or requesting a fee, please contact the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Fraud Hotline at 1-800-447-8477.

For more information, please visit the Grant Fraud and Scams Visit disclaimer page site.

Contact Information

Rafael J. Elizalde, Program Manager
Community Economic Development Program
Office of Community Services
Phone: 202-401-5115

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.

Note: CED funds cannot be awarded to individuals. If you are an individual looking for employment, please view the active CED projects in your state. 

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