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CED Getting Started with Your Community Economic Development Grant

Guidance for CED Getting Started with Your Community Economic Development Grant


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CED Getting Started with Your Community Economic Development Grant

A CED Grantee Module

Community Economic Development (CED)
Guidance, Policies, Procedures, Tools
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This module is part of the CED Grantee Toolkit.

Review the materials in this section to learn more about your responsibilities as a CED grantee and the information you will need to get started with your grant.

Overview of the CED Program, Requirements, and Resources

CED provides technical and financial assistance to community development corporations (CDCs) for community economic development activities that address the economic needs of individuals with low income and their families. Program objectives are:
  • Create job opportunities for individuals with low income;
  • Create and expand businesses in distressed communities, and
  • Increase investment in distressed communities.
All projects must meet project milestones, use project partner agreements, and adhere to applicable Federal and programmatic rules and regulations, including those set forth in the HHS Grants Policy Statement, Uniform Administrative Requirements, and cost principles.
Watch this video for an overview of the CED program. 

Viewing the Notice of Award for your CED Grant

If you haven’t already, the first thing you should do is view your Notice of Award (NoA).

It is the official legal document issued to the grantee that indicates a federal grant award has been made and funds may be requested to be used, and reported on, in the approved manner. The NoA is sometimes referred to as the Notice of Grant Award (NGA).

Reading and Understanding the NoA for CED Grantees provides detailed information about each field of the NoA.

Watch this video for instructions for reviewing the NGA.

Resource and Technical Assistance Guide

As you work on your project, the Resource and Technical Assistance Guide will connect you to staff and information, including:
  • How to contact your assigned OCS Program Specialist;
  • How to contact your assigned OGM Grants Management Specialist;
  • How to contact user support for GrantSolutions, the On-Line Data Collection System, and the Payment Management System; and
  • A list of useful web links.
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CED Grant Forms and Reporting Overview

All grant funds must be treated in accordance with applicable Federal Rules and Regulations, including submission of all required Federal forms.

The CED Grant Forms Overview provides an overview of forms required for all CED grantees, as well as forms required under some circumstances.


Real Property Reporting
Consists of information, guidance, and materials related to Real Property and Tangible Personal Property including information on reporting using the SF-429. If you have questions on property reporting, contact your OGM Specialist via GrantSolutions.

Green ChecklistCED Grant Forms Overview

HHS Grants Policy Statement

The HHS Grants Policy Statement includes the general terms and conditions of all HHS discretionary grant and cooperative agreement awards. This covers Federal requirements related to civil rights, architectural barriers, and drug-free workplaces, as well as information on cost principles and financial management.
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Uniform Administrative Requirements at 45 CFR Part 75

The Uniform Administrative Requirements at 45 CFR part 75 Visit disclaimer pageset forth administrative requirements for both HHS agencies and grant recipients. Note the required sections pertaining to financial management systems.
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Last Reviewed: March 6, 2020

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