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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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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

Funding Opportunity Announcement Question and Answer Document Available.

Every week, questions that have been submitted about the 2015 CED and CED-HFFI Funding Opportunity Announcements and their answers will be posted to the the 2015 CED & CED-HFFI FOA page. This page also contains the materials from the 2015 CED and CED-HFFI Funding Opportunity Webinar.

Please be advised that OCS will no longer provide answers to news questions related to the CED and CED-HFFI Funding Announcements received as of Wednesday April 22nd at 12pm Eastern. If you have further questions, please refer to the 2015 CED & CED HFFI FOA Questions and Answers document available on 2015 CED & CED-HFFI FOA page.

OCS looks forward to receiving your application.

Register Now: Winter 2015 Webinar Series!

The series will address topics, such as data collection and reporting, GrantSolutions, reversionary interest, and best practices for administering grants and implementing CED and CED-HFFI projects. Some webinars will be specifically geared towards new, 2014 grantees, and others will be for all CED and CED-HFFI grantees. New webinars will be announced over the next few months via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For more information and to register, visit the Winter 2015 Webinar Series page.

2015 CED & CED-HFFI Opportunities Now Published!

The Community Economic Development (CED) and Community Economic Development Healthy Food Financing Initiative (CED-HFFI) Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA) have been published!

The full announcements are available for view and download at:

For more information, please view the 2015 CED & CED-HFFI FOA page.

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..

Grantee Welcome photo of teacher with students

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.

Image: Getting help

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!

Upcoming Events

Winter 2015 Webinar Series - Register Now!

2015 CED/CED-HFFI Applications Due - 04.24.2015