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Community Economic Development
Providing support to Community Development Corporations  that focus on creating employment and business development opportunities for low-income individuals, families, and communities. CED grantees collaborate on community efforts to sustain local workforce and economic growth.  Read More
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Rural Community Development
Assisting low-income communities across the country to develop, preserve, improve, expand, or operate affordable, safe water and waste water treatment facilities through training and technical assistance grants. RCD grantees often serve a wide geographic area, but offer an array of services that directly respond to the local needs of rural communities.  Read More
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  • Community Economic Development
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OCS Community Development

Welcome to OCS Community Development

  • Here you will find tools, resources, and other information related to the Community Economic Development (CED), Community Economic Development Healthy Food Financing Initiative (CED-HFFI), and Rural Community Development (RCD) programs.  Visit OCS Community Development to learn how to manage and administer your grant, obtain best practices for creating jobs and revitalizing communities, locate a grantee near you, and find your federal points of contact.

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

News and Announcements

New Updates to the OLDC System!

The On-Line Data Collection (OLDC) System enhancements have been launched! The enhanced home screen was created to improve navigation and make OLDC easier to use. OLDC functionality remains unchanged. More detailed guidance on the new OLDC features is available in the New Release OLDC User Guide. As more guidance is released, it will be available on the News and Tips page in OLDC and on the PPR information page.

Funding Opportunity Announcement Question and Answer Document Available.

The 2015 CED and CED-HFFI Funding Opportunity Applications were due Friday, April 24, 2015. For more information, please visit the 2015 CED & CED-HFFI FOA page.

Webinar Materials Available from the Winter 2015 Webinar Series!

The series addresses topics, such as data collection and reporting, GrantSolutions, reversionary interest, and best practices for administering grants and implementing CED and CED-HFFI projects. Visit the Winter 2015 Webinar Series page for the webinar recording, slides, and transcripts.

2015 HHS Poverty Guidelines Now Available

The 2015 HHS Poverty Guidelines are now available and will be helpful to Community Economic Development (CED) grantees to determine income eligibility for their programs. View the 2015 Poverty Guidelines.

You can also access the 2015 HHS Poverty Guidelines on the HHS website.

Healthy Food Access Portal

Check out the new look of the Healthy Food Access Portal. The new design allows you to search for resources, find available funding opportunities, and view webinars and videos. 

Federal Recognition of Same Sex Spouses and Marriages Memorandum

These Memorandum provide guidance on applying the Department of Health and Human Services’ policy of recognizing same-sex spouses and marriages to all CED-funded projects.

2014 CED Grantee Conference

Thank you to everyone who attended the CED Grantee Conference March 18 – 20, 2014.

The videos presented at the 2014 CED Grantee Conference are now available on the 2014 CED Conference Videos page on the ACF website.

Conference materials are now available on the Conference Materials page.

For any questions or feedback regarding the conference please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Office of Community Services (OCS) will not be holding a 2015 CED grantee conference. OCS will be offering a series of webinars and virtual sessions in Winter/Spring 2015 to ensure you have the resources and information you need to successfully administer your grants. For more information, visit the  Winter 2015 Webinar page..

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Congratulations on receiving a Community Economic Development (CED) or Community Economic Development Healthy Food Financing Initiative (CED-HFFI) grant from the Office of Community Services (OCS)!  There are numerous tools and resources available to you as you kick-off your grants. To find resources, please visit our Resource Library.

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Getting help is easy.  If you have a question about your grant, go to  Contacts to find your assigned OCS Program Specialist, OGM Grants Management Specialist, or DPM Accountant.

Note sure what you are looking for? Then check out the wide array of resources and tools in the Resource Library.

Grantee Spotlight

Argentine Neighborhood Development Association
Kansas City, KS

With their 2013 CED-HFFI funding, ANDA set out to create a Save-a-Lot supermarket in a food desert located in the Argentine Neighborhood of Kansas City. The Save-a-Lot, a grocery store is now open! 

Find out more!

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