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.
Read the FY21 LEADS Policy Manual for more information.