Grant Details

Community Economic Development (CED) Projects - FY 2024

Agency: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
CFDA: 93.570
Federal FON: HHS-2024-ACF-OCS-EE-1965
Office: Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Office of Community Services (OCS)
Multipart Grant: No
Next Due: 07/17/2024 (Application)
Solicitation Date: 05/02/2024
Match Required: No
Actual Funds: $13,600,000 (Estimated)
Award Range: $100,000 (Min) / $800,000 (Max)
Number of Awards: 17 (Estimated)

The purpose of this program is to provide funding to community development corporations (CDCs) for projects that will address the economic needs of individuals with low incomes by creating quality jobs and businesses and providing wraparound services. Funding may be used for start-up or expansion activities of participating businesses.

This program is based on the following three pillars:

  • Creating new high-quality, permanent, full-time jobs for individuals with low incomes
  • Addressing barriers to employment by providing wraparound services that focus on the needs of individuals with low incomes hired into jobs created through CED
  • Promoting community revitalization by infusing funding into local communities to support economic development

Eligible project types include:

  • Non-construction projects: projects are considered non-construction projects if they involve limited alteration or renovation, costing less than $250,000, to support participating business creation and/or expansion and job creation; these projects typically involve a loan or equity investment in participating businesses
  • Construction projects: projects are considered construction projects if they require construction or renovation prior to the project's ability to create jobs; these projects typically include commercial real estate for lease or use by small- and large-scale business operations

Eligible activities include:

  • Start-up capital for operating expenses, such as salaries, facilities, and equipment that will be replaced by projected earnings
  • Loans to identified, viable, participating businesses
  • Equity or stock investment in identified, viable, participating businesses
  • Providing support services to employees of the participating businesses
  • Construction
  • Other types of business development activities that lead to measurable job creation
  • Travel for key project staff to attend ACF-sponsored workshops/conferences/recipient orientations

Projects must:

  • Be ready to implement at the time of award
  • Create a minimum number of jobs for individuals with low incomes that result in increased self-sufficiency
  • Create or expand businesses that promote economic revitalization in low-income communities
  • Attract additional public and private funds to increase investment and quality of life in low-income communities
  • Promote equity in underserved communities

At least 75 percent of jobs created must be filled by individuals with low incomes. Additional points will be awarded during the application evaluation process for projects that:

  • Support payment of living wages
  • Are located in a geographically underserved community
  • Are aligned with President Biden's Executive Order 14008: Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad or the Justice40 Initiative
  • Are collaborating with other current Office of Community Services (OCS) award recipients

Last Updated: June 05, 2024

Eligibility Notes:

Eligible applicants are qualified community development corporations (CDCs). To be a qualified CDC, an organization must meet the following three conditions:

  • Be a private nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) status
  • Have articles of incorporation or bylaws demonstrating that the CDC has a principal purpose of planning, developing, or managing low-income housing or community development projects
  • Board of directors has representation from community residents, business leaders, and civic leaders

Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements may also apply.

Bonus points will be awarded during the application evaluation process to projects that will be located in and serve energy communities, as listed on pages 56-57 of the NOFA file, and/or those designated as underserved by the Justice40 Initiative, as indicated in the Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool (CEJST) which can be found online at

Sole proprietorships are ineligible to apply.

Previous award recipients include:

  • Corporation to Develop Communities of Tampa, Inc. (FL)
  • Economic and Community Development Institute, Inc. (OH)
  • Kiamichi Opportunities, Inc. (OK)
  • Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment (CA)
  • Southwest Detroit Business Association (MI)

Refer to the Award file for additional information regarding previous award recipients.

Eligible Applicants:
Non Profits
Application Notes:

Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on July 17, 2024.

Applications must be submitted online at

Applications must include:

  • Project narrative:
    • Table of contents
    • Project summary (1 page max)
    • Project narrative
    • Line-item budget and budget narrative
  • Attachments:
    • Indirect cost agreement (if applicable)
    • Legal proof of nonprofit status (if applicable)
    • Additional eligibility documentation
    • Organizational capacity supporting information
    • Third-party agreements
    • Letters of support
    • Evidence of site control
    • Financial documentation
    • Market research and data
    • Evidence of participating business commitment to quality jobs
  • Other required forms:
    • SF 424
    • SF 424A (if applicable)
    • SF 424B (if applicable)
    • SF 424C (if applicable)
    • SF 424D (if applicable)
    • SF LLL (if applicable)
    • Key contacts
    • lobbying form
    • Project/performance site location(s)

Applications must be submitted as two files plus the other required forms. The first file must include the project narrative, and the second file must include all attachments. File one and file two combined are limited to 200 pages, not including the evidence of site control. Applications must be formatted on standard-sized pages using one-inch margins and a 12-point Times New Roman font; however, a 10-point font may be used for footnotes and text in tables and graphics. If possible, page numbers should be included. The table of contents and project summary must be single-spaced. The project narrative must be double-spaced. The line-item budget, budget narrative, and attachments may be single-spaced, as may tables and footnotes throughout the application. The funding agency recommends that files be in .pdf format; however, the funding agency also supports the file formats listed on page 20 of the NOFA file.

The following are required in order to submit an application:

  • Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number
  • SAM (System for Award Management) registration
  • SPOC (state Single Point of Contact) notification

Applicants may obtain a UEI number and verify or renew SAM registration status at Applicants in states participating in the SPOC program must contact the relevant SPOC listed in the SPOC file before applying.

The recording of a pre-application presentation can be viewed online at

Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Need for assistance (2 points)
  • Objective and expected outcomes (3 points)
  • Approach (12 points0
  • Business plan - participating business viability (15 points)
  • Business plan - high-quality job creation (15 points)
  • Business plan - barrier reduction support services (15 points)
  • Business plan - community revitalization (15 points)
  • Organizational capacity (10 points)
  • Letters of support (3 points)
  • Project budget and budget justification information (10 points)
  • Bonus points (15 points)

Additional details regarding criteria for bonus points can be found on pages 54-57 of the NOFA file.

Refer to the NOFA file for additional application information.

Match Required: No
Actual Funds: $13,600,000 (Estimated)
Award Range: $100,000 (Min) / $800,000 (Max)
Number of Awards: 17 (Estimated)
Match Notes:

Matching funds are not required for this program; however, the inclusion of matching funds will be considered during application review. Applicants that choose to include matching funds will be held accountable for any funds added, including through reporting.

Funding Notes:

An estimated $13.6 million is available through this program to support an expected 17 awards ranging from $100,000 to $800,000.

Projects must create at least the minimum number of jobs for the amount of the requested award. Refer to pages 71-73 of the NOFA file for a table with examples of the minimum number of jobs based on specific award amounts. Priority will not be given to applications that propose jobs above the required minimum.

The expected award date is August 30, 2024. Award notifications will be issued by September 30, 2024.

For projects not involving construction, the project period is 36 months with one 36-month budget period. For projects involving construction, the project period is 48 months with one 48-month budget period. Both types of projects must be ready to be implemented at the time of award and completed during the assigned project period.

Funds may not be used for:

  • Pre-award costs
  • Subawards/pass-throughs
  • Capitalizing loan loss reserve funds
  • Providing loans in which repayment begins after the end of the funded project period
  • Creating or expanding microenterprise business training and technical assistance centers
  • Providing as a primary activity job training, placement of individuals into existing positions, and technical assistance
  • Placing individuals in jobs that existed prior to the proposed project

For FY 2022, more than $16 million was distributed via 22 awards ranging from $200,000 to $800,000 through this program. For FY 2021, 20 awards ranging from $325,000 to $800,000 were distributed. Refer to the Award file for details.


Primary Contact:

Chanel Jackson
(855) 792-6551

Grants Management Contact:

Tim Chappelle
(855) 792-6551

Agency Address
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, D.C. 20201

Contact Notes:

Questions should be directed to the appropriate program contact.

Applications must be submitted online at

The agency address provided is for reference purposes only.

Award File: US8095_Award_FY2024.pdf (681.0 Kb)
Other Pre-Award File: US8095_FAQ_FY2024.pdf (224.5 Kb)
NOFA File: US8095_NOFA_FY2024.pdf (365.6 Kb)
Federal Forms:
SPOC (195.6 Kb)
File Notes:

The NOFA file contains the revised full solicitation for this program. The FAQ file contains a list of answers to frequently asked questions regarding this program. The Award file contains information on previous award recipients. The SPOC file contains information on the state Single Point of Contact program.

June 5, 2024
A revised full solicitation for this program has been released and attached as the NOFA file.

May 23, 2024
A list of answers to frequently asked questions regarding this program has been released and attached as the FAQ file. The Eligibility and Financial sections have been updated accordingly.

May 20, 2024
A recording of the webinar for this program has been released, and a link to the presentation is available in the Application section.

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Grant Categories
Community Development
Economic Development
Rural Issues
Human Services