Be part of real economic change in the area you live, work or run a business in.

The Community Economic Development programme is designed to support communities who want to deliver real economic change in their area. Now in it’s second year, the programme is support 20 new groups that want to take a lead in shaping their economies for the benefit of their community. Alongside this, we are working with ten communities who participated in the programme last year, helping them ensure that their plans become a reality.

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.

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What is Community Economic Development?

‘Community economic development’ or ‘CED’ describes the process of economic development within a specific area to benefit the local community.The process is led by people living, working and running businesses in that area.

CED tackles the interconnected environmental, social and economic issues and recognises the importance of connections between the local, regional and national layers of the economy.  Building on the knowledge, experience and resources in that community, it identifies and maximises the local economic opportunities available.

To learn more about the concept of ‘community economic development and what it may mean for your community’, read our full introductory guide here.

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What help is available?

Applications for the programme are now closed. Head over to Support to find out more about the programme and how you might be able to use it in your area.

Delivery partners

This year’s programme extends and builds on the first year of activity, funded by Department for Communities and Local Government’s (DCLG) and delivered by a partnership of Co-operatives UKNew Economics Foundation, Locality, Centre for Local Economic Strategies and Responsible Finance.