The Cooperators Community Economic Development Fund (CED)




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The overall  focusof the CED Fund is the creation of sustainable economic development initiatives for disadvantaged individuals or communities. Our CED fund offers multi-year grants that provide recipient organizations with longer term planning options and increased financial stability.

Recipient programs provide training for the unemployed and underemployed, the intellectually or physically disabled, at-risk youth and immigrants. Since the fund’s inception in 1995, we have disbursed over $3.4 million to 86 organizations.

Program Objective:

Sustainable economic development initiatives and community enterprises

Investment Type:

Grants, Multi-year grants

Key Features:

To be considered for funding, the organization must: - Have a specific program aimed at helping a marginalized population - Provide evidence of strong, long-term community partnerships and other funders - Offer capacity building for the organization and the local community - Have access to appropriate technical, strategic and administrative assistance - Develop a sound business and marketing plan - Record specific outcomes and measures of success Projects not eligible for assistance: - Research, feasibility studies, surveys - Conferences, workshops, seminars - Fund-raising initiatives - Deficit reduction

Client Group:

Community Economic Development Fund (CED)