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’ve disbursed over $6.5 million through 349 grants.

2017 initiatives

In 2017, we granted a total of $521,000 to 24 organizations providing economic opportunities to marginalized youth and persons with mental health challenges, helping them build capacity for self-reliance.

In addition to our grant-making role, we’ve started leveraging our investment portfolio to help address environmental and social challenges through impact investments. We’ve also developed a framework to guide future, smaller-scale community impact investments.

Organization highlights

Learn about the organizations we funded in 2017 in our 2017 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. Check out our most recent video, which features Choices for Youth, an organization based in St. John’s, N.L. Through its innovative programming and social enterprises, Choices for Youth empowers marginalized youth through training and employment opportunities.

Application rounds

2018 and 2019

1) The spring 2018 funding round is now complete.

2) Spring 2019 funding round applications will be handed out starting October 15, 2018. Applications are due January 15, 2019 by 11:59 p.m. EST. For more information, email The Co-operators Foundation.