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 $5.6 million through 308 grants.

2016 initiatives

The 2016 Spring round granted $360,000 to 16 organizations providing economic opportunities to marginalized youth and persons with mental health challenges, helping them build capacity for self-reliance.

In May, The Co-operators announced donations totalling $260,000 to seven organizations as part of its nation-wide effort to welcome Syrian refugees to Canada. The funding comes from a special one-time grant program announced in December 2016 that was created through The Co-operators Foundation’s Community Economic Development Funds to support initiatives aimed at preparing refugees for employability in Canada.  

Organization highlights

Learn about the organizations we funded in 2015 in our 2015 CED Annual Report.

Every year The Co-operators Foundation and Co-op TV engages with an organization that has received funding through the CED program, and produces a video that highlights the organization and the great work that they do. Our latest video is on Megaphone, who produces a magazine that is sold by homeless and low-income vendors on the streets of Vancouver and Victoria. It offers individuals an opportunity to work and earn some money in a flexible arrangement that is empathetic to their circumstances.

Application rounds

1) Spring 2017 funding round – applications will be handed out starting October 17, 2016.  Applications are due January 13, 2017 11:59 pm EST.  
2) Fall 2017 funding round – please check the website for application information after June 1, 2017