Community Grants

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Community grants are usually awarded for community development, economic development, rural development, or urban redevelopment. Community grants are also awarded for job creation, job retention, employment training and employment retraining. Local governments, state governments, and the federal government all provide community grants. Private foundations and trusts, as well as corporate foundations and trusts also award grants for communities.

Community development grants from the federal government are often awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (U.S. HUD). Community development grants at the local level are provided through Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) distributed through city and county governments. Many other U.S. government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the U.S. Department of Commerce also award community grants. A good way to learn about all federal grants is to sign up to receive notices at

There are more than 2,000 private foundations in the United States that give community grants with total giving that ranges from $462 million to less than $100,000. The Lilly Endowment, Ford Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts, McArthur Foundation, Kellogg Foundation, Casey Foundation, New York Community Trust, Mott Foundation and Wal-Mart Foundation have all awarded more than $1 million to community development projects. Bank of America is recognized as a national leader in giving community development grants. This leadership role is based on results that have helped bring positive change to communities through the development of affordable housing, the financing of small businesses and the identification of new ways in which Bank of America can use creativity, partnerships and expertise to help communities thrive.

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development Grants is committed to supporting groups of low-income individuals as they work to break the cycle of poverty and improve their communities. By helping the poor to participate in the decisions and actions that affect their lives, CCHC empowers them to move beyond poverty. CCHD funds two categories of projects: organizing and economic development.The Ford Foundation Asset Building and Community Development program helps strengthen and increase the effectiveness of people and organizations working to find solutions to problems of poverty and injustice. The Foundation supports people who are building human, social, financial and environmental assets that enable people and communities to exert control over their lives and to participate in their societies in meaningful and effective ways. Grants support vibrant social movements, institutions and partnerships that analyze contemporary social and economic needs and devise responses to them.

For high quality, cost effective training on how to write successful grant proposals for development projects attend one of our USGG Win More Grants Certificate Course workshops, host a workshop in your community, or sign up for our Grant Writing as a Career Certificate Course. For information on rural community grants, contact the Center for Rural Outreach & Public Services, Inc.

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