The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has announced two economic development opportunities.
Nearly $18 million is available for community economic development projects aimed at decreasing dependence on federal programs, chronic unemployment, and community deterioration. Funded projects will enhance job creation and business development for low-income individuals. ACF anticipates making 22 awards of up to $800,000 each.
$9.5 million is available for community-based efforts to improve the economic and physical health of people in areas designated as food deserts. Projects will encompass healthy food ventures designed to improve access and consumption of healthy, affordable foods and address the needs of low-income families through the creation of employment and business opportunities in low-income communities. ACF anticipates making 13 awards of up to $800,000 each.
Both three-year non-construction projects and five-year construction projects are eligible for funding under both announcements. Non-profit Community Development Corporations are eligible to apply.
Applications for both opportunities are due by July 21, 2014.