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Community Services Block Grant Discretionary Awards


Total Assistance, FY 2008 to Present
Assistance Type: PROJECT GRANTS
Popular Name: Community Economic Development & Rural Community Programs
CFDA Number

Objectives: To support program activities to alleviate the causes of poverty in distressed communities which: (1) assist businesses in creating jobs for low-income individuals, i.e., develop employment and business development opportunities for low-income individuals; (2) create a better standard of living for rural low-income individuals in terms of water and waste water treatment. Currently, the Office of Community Services is funding the Community Economic Development Program (CED) (including a program with emphasis on Social Enterprises) and the Rural Community Development Program for Water and Wastewater Treatment Systems (RCD). The CED program provides grants to Community Development Corporations (CDCs) for projects designed to address the economic needs of individuals and families with low income through the creation of employment and business opportunities. The CED program seeks to fund projects that address the personal and community barriers that must be overcome to help individuals with low incomes become self-sufficient. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, the Office of Community Services awarded $2,400,000 in grants to Community Economic Development (CED) projects with a focus on creating social enterprise incubators. This initiative focuses on supporting social enterprises-profit making business or non-profit organizations that uses revenue-generating activities to: *Develop new products, services, and commercial activities that result in the creation of new full-time, full-year jobs-at least 75 percent of which will be filled by individuals with low incomes. *Reinvest funds back into the community or into supporting the individuals with low incomes filling those positions; and *Through local entrepreneurship, reduce or remove barriers that the individuals with low incomes filling the positions face (e.g. those reentering into the community from the criminal justice system, experiencing domestic violence, suffering from substance dependence, lacking, adequate child care, etc.) Each project has a project period of five years and will receive incremental funding totaling $1,700,000. The RCD program provides grants to multi-state, regional, private, and non-profit organizations, including those that support tribal entities, for projects designed to provide training and technical assistance to low-income rural communities in developing and managing affordable, safe water and wastewater treatment facilities.