Want to develop your community?

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If you belong to a community that wants to work towards seeing real economic change in your area, then you’ll be thrilled to hear that the Community Economic Development programme is relaunching.  The programme is looking to support 20 groups that want to take a lead in shaping their economies for the benefit of their community.

‘Community economic development’ or ‘CED’ describes a process of economic development within a specific geographic area, to make the economy in that area work well for that community. The process is led by people living, working and running businesses in that area.

Groups participating in this year’s programme will receive a package of grants and support to help them produce a dynamic and deliverable local economic plan. Your involvement in the scheme will take place from September 2016 to June 2017, with applications going live on Thursday 30th June.

The programme is funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government’s (DCLG) and delivered by a partnership of Co-operatives UK, New Economics Foundation, Locality, the Centre for Local Economic Strategies and Responsible Finance.

How to apply

Groups interested in applying for the second round of the Community Economic Development programme are encouraged to do the following:

  1. Check out the resources from last year’s programme to get an insight into community economic development and what it might mean for your community
  2. Read the Guidance Notes to ensure you understand what’s involved in participating in the programme
  3. Start the application process here Grants & Support Available

If you have any enquiries please email ced@uk.coop, and for more information about last year’s programme is available here.