Community Economic Development Programme Launches

The Community Economic Development (CED) programme is a new Government initiative designed for local community groups and organisations that want to take a lead in shaping their economies for the benefit of local communities.

The programme is aimed at communities in areas of high deprivation in England that want to work for economic change. This could be in the areas of food, housing, finance, energy, etc.

The CED programme will help 50 deprived communities to develop their own community economic development plans. Each bespoke plan will identify practical opportunities to develop the local economy and boost engagement so the community are actively shaping the economic future of the local area.

The programme provides six days of specialist support, advice and a grant of £5,000 to help residents, local business and public sector organisations work together to develop the best ideas to strengthen the local economy.

The 2015/16 programme extends and builds on the Department for Communities and Local Government’s (DCLG’s) funded programme of work around the Community Rights, Neighbourhood Planning and Our Place. It is part of the Communities in Control funding programme and is being delivered by Locality.

Any existing organisation based in England can apply to be part of the CED programme, whether it is a community group, local business, parish council or any other local body.

Applicants will need to demonstrate (or be on the road to demonstrating) a commitment to partnership working across the local community, working with other organisations and community stakeholders.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be an incorporated organisation, or be able to name an incorporated organisation willing to hold the funds and act as the accountable body on behalf of the applicant.
  • Be based and working in England.
  • Confirm they cannot access financial support from any other source to develop a Community Economic Development Plan.
  • Be able to show that the area in which they are active is characterised by high deprivation, or that there are pockets of high deprivation based on information taken from the national Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD).

The deadline for applications is 8 May 2015 (12noon).

Full details can be found on the My Community website

Source: Locality, 01/04/2015

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