Community Economic Development (CED) Funds

The mission of the Community Economic Development (CED) Funds is to contribute to financial security for Canadians and their communities through community economic development. The Funds support community economic development initiatives that lead to job creation and/or enhanced employability for marginalized youth and persons with mental health issues. Since the Funds' inception in 1995, we have disbursed over $6.3 million through 340 grants.

2017 initiatives

The 2017 Spring round granted $366,500 to 15 organizations providing economic opportunities to marginalized youth and persons with mental health challenges, helping them build capacity for self-reliance.

Organization highlights

Learn about the organizations we funded in 2016 in our 2016 CED Annual Report.

Every year The Co-operators Foundation and Co-op TV collaborate to produce a video illustrating the types of impactful programming our CED Funds support. In 2016, The Co-operators donated a total of $260,000 to seven organizations that are helping welcome Syrian refugees to Canada. Our latest video highlights how our funding is helping Syrian refugees build a new life in Canada.

Application rounds


1) Spring 2018 funding round – applications will be handed out starting October 16, 2017. Applications are due January 15, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. EST. For more information please contact:

2) The fall funding round – applications are due September 1, 2017 – This will be an invitation-only funding round.