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Community Development Funding Opportunity

Hot on the heels of our last funding opportunity message, here's another one that may be of interest to our We Can! community sites.

For Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Community and Economic Development (CED) program, administered by the Office of Community Services (OCS) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), will provide up to $16 million in grants ($800,000 maximum per project) to Community Development Corporations (CDCs) for projects designed to address the economic needs of low-income individuals and families through the creation of employment and business opportunities.

CED funding may be used to provide technical and financial assistance in order to create sustainable new employment and business opportunities for recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and other low-income individuals whose income level does not exceed 125 percent of the Federal poverty level (

This year, in coordination with the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI), the CED program will provide up to $10 million of this funding to CDCs for CED projects located in food deserts and designed to improve access to healthy, affordable foods. HFFI is the first time the Federal government has coordinated its efforts to eliminate food deserts around the country. Together, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U. S. Department of Treasury (Treasury) and HHS have created the Healthy Food Financing Working Group (Working Group).

ACF plans to implement a Federally sponsored evaluation strategy to assess the success of CED demonstration projects funded through this grant program. The Federal evaluation strategy will include grantee-level documentation of activities, outputs and outcomes. All funded grantees will be required to participate fully in a Federal evaluation(s) and to follow all evaluation protocols established by ACF or its designee contractor.

To view the full solicitations, use the Web links below:

HMTL version:

PDF version:

A webinar for prospective applicants will be available beginning on May 27, 2011 at 2PM EST. Note, the webinar will be available until the closing of the announcement and can be accessed anytime after May 27, 2011 at 2PM EST. Applicants interested in accessing the webinar should register at the following website: and follow links to the "Registration" tab on the upper right hand corner of the website. A confirmation email, which will include the instructions on accessing the webinar, will be sent to applicants to confirm their registration.

Applications are due July 11, 2011.

Good luck!

The We Can! Team

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