Local Economic Assistance & Development Support Program (LEADS)

In fiscal year 2016 the Certified Communities Initiative (CCI) evolved into the LEADS Program.  LEADS is a funding program for economic development projects that produce sustainable outcomes.  The funding provided through LEADS is intended to create jobs through recruitment, retention/expansion and startup activities; develop the tax base; and provide incentives for business development.  LEADS applications will be evaluated based on these objectives.

Projects may be awarded $5,000 to $15,000 per year and funding is awarded through a cost reimbursement contract.  EDD will reimburse the project applicant for work performed and/or costs incurred by the applicant up to the total amount specified in the grant.  Reimbursement will be made only upon completion of the project and submittal of a project report.

Eligible applicants:

  • Are part of an economic development effort that includes both public and private participation and can demonstrate their capacity to facilitate economic growth
  • Have an up-to-date community economic development plan and a marketing plan that supports business development and job growth
  • Have passed the and, ideally, a Local Option Gross Receipts Tax for economic development; or have enacted other economic development financing tools in your service area

Eligible projects:

  • Achieve specific economic development objectives of job creation, expansion of tax base, and/or business development through measureable outcomes
  • Are consistent with the community’s adopted economic development plan
  • Have a clear beginning and end
  • Have an appropriate budget and timeline

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The LEADS Program is administered by the .  Team members work with communities to identify projects and prepare the .