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 (aged 16-34) and individuals with mental health challenges. Since the funds' inception in 1995, we have disbursed $7.5 million through 372 grants.

2018 initiatives

In 2018, we granted a total of $549,000 to 23 organizations providing employment training and employment opportunities to marginalized youth and individuals with mental health challenges, helping them build capacity for self-reliance.

In addition to our grant-making role, we have expanded impact investments within our investment portfolio and have begun deploying invested assets toward smaller-scale community impact investments to generate further positive social and environmental outcomes.

Organization highlights

Learn about the organizations we funded in 2018 in our 2018 CED Annual Report.

Each year, in collaboration with Co-op TV, we produce a video to showcase the types of impactful programming our CED Funds support. Check out our most recent video, which features Working for Change, an organization based in Toronto, ON. Through its social enterprise model, Working for Change provides flexible employment and training opportunities for individuals with mental health challenges.

Application rounds

2019 and 2020

  • The spring 2019 funding round is now complete.
  • The fall 2019 funding round will be an invitation-only funding round. Applications will be due by September 1, 2019 by 11:59 p.m. EST.
  • Spring 2020 funding round applications will be handed out starting October 15, 2019. Applications are due January 15, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. EST. For more information, email The Co-operators Foundation.