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Grants to USA CDCs to Support Social Enterprises that
Provide Economic Opportunities for Low-Income Families

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Children and Families (ACF) - Office of Community Services (OCS)

Deadline Date:

08/05/19 4:30 PM ET Receipt of paper applications; 11:59 PM ET Electronic receipt


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Grants to USA nonprofit community development corporations to support the development of social enterprises that create business and employment opportunities for low-income families. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete.

The Community Development Corporations funded under this announcement will implement a business incubator, which will provide technical and financial assistance to support organizations willing to create or expand social enterprises. These social enterprises, in turn, reduce personal or community barriers and provide economic support through the creation of employment and business opportunities for individuals and families with low income.

The CED Social Enterprise program seeks to fund projects that address the personal and community barriers that must be overcome to help individuals with low incomes become self-sufficient. Funds can be used for costs associated with participating social enterprise business start-up or expansion activities, as well as technical assistance and incubator services to participating social enterprises, as consistent with the cost principles found at 45 CFR Part 75, Subpart E, provided that the expenditures result in the creation of positions that can be filled with individuals with low incomes. This includes start-up capital for operating expenses, such as salaries, facilities, and equipment that will be replaced by projected earnings. This also includes business and social support services provided to the social enterprises.

This FOA focuses on supporting social enterprises—profit-making businesses or non-profit organizations that uses revenue-generating activities to:

- Develop new products, services, and commercial activities that result in the creation of new, full-time, full-year jobs – at least 75 percent of which will be filled by individuals with low incomes;
- Reinvest funds back into the community or into supporting the individuals with low incomes filling those positions; and
- Through local entrepreneurship, reduce or remove barriers that the individuals with low incomes filling the positions face (e.g., those reentering into the community from the criminal justice system, experiencing domestic violence, suffering from substance dependence, lacking adequate child care, etc.).

For information on program goals, see the Announcement Module:

For details on project elements and eligible activities, see pages 5-6 of the Announcement Module:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186350

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Up to 6

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Ceiling: $400,000 Per Budget Period
Award Floor: $400,000 Per Budget Period
Average Projected Award Amount: $400,000 Per Budget Period

Term of Contract:

Length of Project Period: 60-month project period with five 12-month budget periods

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Consistent with Section 680(a)(2) of the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Act, 42 U.S. C. § 9921, to be a qualified CDC, an organization must meet three conditions:

- The organization must be a private, non-profit with 501(c)(3) status;
- The organization must have articles of incorporation or bylaws demonstrating that the CDC has a principal purpose of planning, developing, or managing low-income housing or community development projects; and
- The Board of Directors of the organization must have representation from community residents, business leaders, and civic leaders.

Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement.

CED Social Enterprise grant funds may not be used for:

- Projects that include the reimbursement of pre-award costs.
- Projects that provide subawards/pass-throughs.
- Projects that use funding to capitalize loan loss reserve funds.
- Projects that use funding to provide loan(s) that have balloon payments that will be paid after the end of the project period.
- Projects that focus primarily on job training, job placement, and technical assistance. Note: Limited on-the-job training and job placement activities can be for a specific position that has been created, but cannot be used to operate a general job training and placement program.
- Projects that do not create new jobs that did not exist prior to the proposed CED Social Enterprise project.

Funding restrictions:

Pre-Application Information:

Due Date for Applications: 08/05/2019

The deadline for electronic application submission is 11:59 p.m., ET. The deadline for receipt of paper applications is 4:30 p.m., ET.

How to Register and Apply through
Read the following instructions about registering to apply for ACF funds. Applicants should read the registration instructions carefully and prepare the information requested before beginning the registration process. Reviewing and assembling the required information before beginning the registration process will alleviate last-minute searches for required information.

The registration process can take up to four weeks to complete. Therefore, registration should be done in sufficient time to ensure it does not impact your ability to meet required application submission deadlines.

Organization applicants can find complete instructions here:

Obtain a DUNS Number: All entities applying for funding, including renewal funding, must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet (D&B). Applicants must enter the DUNS number in the data entry field labeled "Organizations DUNS" on the SF-424 form.

For more detailed instructions for obtaining a DUNS number, refer to:

Register with SAM: In addition to having a DUNS number, organizations applying online through must register with the System for Award Management (SAM). All organizations must register with SAM in order to apply online. Failure to register with SAM will prevent your organization from applying through

For more detailed instructions for registering with SAM, refer to:

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submission By Mail or Hand Delivery:

Tim Chappelle
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Grants Management
1401 Mercantile Lane, Suite 401
Largo, MD 20774

Program Office Contact:

Gerald Shanklin
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Community Services
OCS Grants Operations Center
Phone: 855.792.6551

Office of Grants Management Contact:

Tim Chappelle
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Grants Management`
OCS Grants Operations Center
Phone: 855.792.6551

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