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CDFI Fund Opens FY 2020 Capital Magnet Fund Funding Roundhttps://www.cdfifund.gov/Lists/CDFI News/AllItems.aspxhttps://www.cdfifund.gov/Lists/CDFI News/DispForm.aspx?ID=379CDFI Fund Opens FY 2020 Capital Magnet Fund Funding Round<p>​The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) opened today the fiscal year (FY) 2020 funding round for the Capital Magnet Fund. </p><p>Through the Capital Magnet Fund, the CDFI Fund competitively awards funds to CDFIs and qualified non-profit housing organizations. These awards can be used to finance affordable housing, as well as related economic development and community service facilities. The objective is to attract private capital to economically distressed communities, including underserved rural areas. Funding for the Capital Magnet Fund comes from allocations made by the Government-Sponsored Enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and varies from year to year. The CDFI Fund plans to provide up to $173.8 million in awards for the FY 2020 round.  </p><p>Capital Magnet Fund awardees are able to utilize these funds for financing activities such as affordable housing funds, economic development funds, loan loss reserves, revolving loan funds, risk-sharing loans, and loan guarantees.  Recipients are required to leverage private and public funds to finance affordable housing and economic development activities that yield a minimum ratio of 10:1.  </p><p><strong>Application Materials</strong></p><p>The FY 2020 Capital Magnet Fund Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA), application, application instructions, and related guidance can be found on the CDFI Fund's website at <a href="http://www.cdfifund.gov/cmf">www.cdfifund.gov/cmf</a> under How to Apply Step 2: Apply. The application process consists of two parts: submitting the SF-424 Mandatory form through Grants.gov, and submitting the rest of the application through the CDFI Fund's Awards Management Information System (AMIS).   </p><p><strong>Required Application Systems</strong></p><p>All applicants must be registered and have active accounts in <a href="http://www.sam.gov/">SAM.gov</a>, <a href="https://www.grants.gov/">Grants.gov</a>, and <a href="https://amis.cdfifund.gov/s/AMISHome">AMIS</a> to apply for funding by the applicable deadlines or their application will be considered ineligible.  Organizations should either create these accounts if they don't already exist or confirm that their existing accounts are up-to-date and active as soon as possible in order to avoid potential application submission problems. </p><p>Both new and repeat applicants should allow ample time to complete the entire registration and submission process well in advance of the application deadlines. Registration guidance is provided on each website. Please review each system's requirements carefully. Detailed information is available in the FY 2020 NOFA.</p><p><strong>Deadlines</strong></p><ul><li>The deadline for submission of the SF-424 is <strong>11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on June 26, 2020</strong>. All applicants must submit their SF-424 electronically through Grants.gov.  The CDFI Fund strongly encourages all materials to be submitted through Grants.gov at least three days before the deadline.</li><li>The deadline for creating an organizational account in AMIS is <strong>11:59 p.m. ET on July 2, 2020</strong>.</li><li>The CDFI Fund will stop taking questions about the application at <strong>5:00 p.m. ET on July 23, 2020</strong>.  </li><li>The deadline for submission of the Capital Magnet Fund application materials through the CDFI Fund's Award Management Information System (AMIS) is <strong>5:00 p.m. ET on July 27, 2020</strong>. The CDFI Fund strongly encourages all materials to be submitted through AMIS at least three days before the deadline.</li></ul><p>Please see the FY 2020 NOFA for applicant eligibility requirements and the steps for submitting all parts of the Capital Magnet Fund application.</p><p><strong>Learn About Applying to the Capital Magnet Fund </strong></p><p>The CDFI Fund is conducting three live webinars to inform applicants about the FY 2020 Capital Magnet Fund application. The first two webinars will provide an overview of the application for certified CDFIs and for non-profit affordable housing organizations; the third will provide a walkthrough of the AMIS application. Please view the <a href="/programs-training/Programs/cmf/Pages/apply-step.aspx">Step 2: Apply</a> page of the Capital Magnet Fund website for the dates, times, and access information for each webinar. Advance registration is not required to participate in the webinars.</p><p><strong>Questions</strong></p><p>For more information on the Capital Magnet Fund, please submit a Service Request through AMIS, or contact the CDFI Fund's Help Desk by e-mailing <a href="mailto:cmf@cdfi.treas.gov">cmf@cdfi.treas.gov</a> or by calling (202) 653-0421. The CDFI Fund will stop responding to questions about the FY 2020 award round at 5:00 p.m. ET on July 23, 2020.  </p><p>To learn more about the CDFI Fund and its programs, please visit <a href="http://www.cdfifund.gov/">www.cdfifund.gov</a>.<br></p><p><br></p>2020-05-28T04:00:00ZUpdates379
New Native CDFI Resource Bank Now Availablehttps://www.cdfifund.gov/Lists/CDFI News/AllItems.aspxhttps://www.cdfifund.gov/Lists/CDFI News/DispForm.aspx?ID=380New Native CDFI Resource Bank Now Available<p>A new Resource Bank for the CDFI Fund’s “Building Native CDFIs’ Sustainability and Impact II (BNCSI II)” Capacity Building Initiative training is now available <a href="/programs-training/training-ta/Pages/resource-bank.aspx?Name=Building%20Native%20CDFIs%E2%80%99%20Sustainability%20and%20Impact%20II" target="_blank">on the CDFI Fund’s website</a>.</p><p>For more than ten years, the CDFI Fund has used targeted training and technical assistance to build the capacity of the Native CDFI industry. To meet the needs of today's Native CDFIs, the CDFI Fund partnered with ICF Incorporated, LLC and First Nations Oweesta Corporation to deliver a comprehensive technical assistance training platform for the Native CDFI industry. The BNCSI II training consisted of in-person workshops and webinars, individualized technical assistance, site visits, and learning cadres.</p><p>Resources from the training series, including the training presentations, recordings of the webinars, and useful links and references, are available in the <a href="/programs-training/training-ta/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Training and Technical Assistance</a> section of the CDFI Fund’s website. <a href="/programs-training/training-ta/Pages/resource-bank.aspx?Name=Building%20Native%20CDFIs%E2%80%99%20Sustainability%20and%20Impact%20II" target="_blank">View the new Resource Bank here</a>. </p><p>To learn more about the CDFI Fund’s programs and initiatives, please visit our website at <a href="http://www.cdfifund.gov/" target="_blank">www.cdfifund.gov</a>. </p> 2020-05-27T04:00:00ZUpdates380
Request for Public Comment on CDFI Certification Application and Reporting Toolshttps://www.cdfifund.gov/Lists/CDFI News/AllItems.aspxhttps://www.cdfifund.gov/Lists/CDFI News/DispForm.aspx?ID=378Request for Public Comment on CDFI Certification Application and Reporting Tools<p> <i>Supporting CDFI Growth and Innovation through New Certification Application and Reporting Procedures</i></p><p>At the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund), we value the important work that Certified Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) do. We know that CDFIs are being asked to do more than ever before in delivering capital and credit to families, businesses and communities across the nation. And we want to continue to support CDFIs the best way that we can, evolving our policies where possible to meet the modern needs of CDFIs.</p><p>That’s why we’ve been working for the past several years to update our CDFI Certification Application and reporting requirements, which I am pleased to be able to share with you today. Specifically, we are making available for your comment and feedback new forms and reports that will be used to certify, evaluate, and recertify CDFIs. You can view the Requests for Public Comment on the new CDFI Certification Application and reporting forms on the CDFI Fund’s website <a href="/programs-training/certification/cdfi/Pages/CertificationPRA.aspx" target="_blank">here</a>. </p><p>To help make sense of the reporting and Certification changes that are being proposed, the CDFI Fund has developed a <a href="/programs-training/certification/cdfi/Pages/CertificationPRA.aspx">dedicated page</a> on its website where you can access the proposed Application, reporting forms, and explanatory materials, as well as information on how to submit comments. I have also provided additional background information below. </p><p>We are keeping the public comment period open for 90 days, instead of the standard 60, to give organizations more flexibility to respond to this request while balancing the many other pressing needs facing all of us today. Comments must be submitted by <strong>August 5, 2020</strong> to be considered by the CDFI Fund.</p><p>Please read on to preview some of the changes we are proposing.</p><p> <b>Revisions to CDFI Certification Application</b></p><p>In 2017, the CDFI Fund initiated a review of its CDFI Certification policies and procedures. This review was conducted to ensure that our practices continue to reflect and represent the evolving nature of CDFIs, as well as to safeguard government resources. As part of this process, the CDFI Fund <a href="/news-events/news/Pages/news-detail.aspx?NewsID=237&Category=Updates" target="_blank">requested public input</a> on various aspects of CDFI Certification. The proposed Certification Application and reporting forms consider that feedback and reflect the CDFI Fund’s strategic priorities. In making these revisions, the CDFI Fund has maintained the following five policy objectives:</p><ol><li><p>Continue to foster a diversity of CDFI types, activities, and geographies;<br></p></li><li><p>Support the growth and reach of CDFIs, especially as it relates to their ability to innovate and take advantage of new technologies;</p></li><li><p>Protect the CDFI brand; </p></li><li><p>Minimize burden on CDFIs while improving data quality and collection methods; and</p></li><li><p>Promote efficiency for CDFI Fund staff in rendering CDFI Certification determinations.</p></li></ol><p>I think it is important to emphasize that the criteria for becoming a CDFI was established by the <a href="/Documents/BILLS-103hr3474enr.pdf" target="_blank">Riegle Community Development and Regulatory Improvement Act </a>more than 25 years ago, and nothing the CDFI Fund is proposing alters these underlying tenets. However, the way in which the CDFI Fund implements these requirements into the CDFI Certification Application have been refined, and, in some cases, revamped. </p><p>For example, one proposal is the elimination of geographic restrictions on most Target Markets. CDFIs are currently required to draw a map around their Target Markets and when we measure organizations’ adherence to the Target Market test, only that activity that falls inside that defined geographic area is counted. If a CDFI engages in activity outside of its approved area—even if it’s investing in activity that would otherwise qualify as an eligible Target Market activity—we don’t count it. We have heard from many that this inhibits CDFI growth. Eliminating this constraint should empower all CDFIs to serve their designated Target Markets at whatever level they are capable, without concern it will adversely impact their Certification.</p><p>Another proposal would be a change to the way in which we evaluate an organization’s Primary Mission. The Riegle Act requires a CDFI to have a “primary mission of promoting community development,” which means community development finance is at the core of an organization’s activities and that those activities are purposefully directed toward improving the social and economic conditions of underserved people and communities.</p><p>The way the CDFI Fund has measured an organization’s Primary Mission has been to look at board approved organizational documents, mission statement, and a brief narrative statement. But the CDFI Fund should dig deeper and evaluate how a CDFI’s Primary Mission is evidenced in its strategy and products. We are proposing that the CDFI Fund use a more rigorous approach and examine alignment between an organization’s mission, its strategy, and its products.</p><p> <b>Annual Certification and Data Collection Report & Certification Transaction Level Report</b></p><p>To coincide with the revisions outlined in the CDFI Certification Application, the CDFI Fund has also proposed changes to the Annual Certification and Data Collection Report (ACR). As you may be aware, Certified CDFIs are required to submit ACRs on an annual basis to <a href="/programs-training/certification/cdfi/Pages/reporting-step.aspx#step2" target="_blank">verify</a> that they continue to meet CDFI Certification requirements.</p><p>The CDFI Fund is proposing revisions to the existing ACR to align with the changes being proposed to the CDFI Certification Application. This will ensure that existing CDFIs are being held to the same evaluation, benchmarks, and review criteria as newly Certified CDFIs. </p><p>The existing ACR will be streamlined and improved, and will still be mandatory for all Certified CDFIs to complete annually. However, many of the existing data collection questions in the ACR will be standardized through the introduction of the new Certification Transaction Level Report (CTLR) as described below. </p><p>The CTLR is a proposed requirement for CDFI Certification Applicants and those Certified CDFIs that are not current CDFI Program or NACA Program Financial Assistance (FA) Recipients. It provides the CDFI Fund a way to examine the degree to which CDFIs are serving distressed and underserved populations. It would collect a complete year of loan and investment origination data for new CDFI Certification Applicants, as well as for Certified CDFIs that are not current FA Award Recipients (those recipients already submit the more extensive Transaction Level Report as part of their award commitments). The CTLR will create a more data-driven, quantitative evaluation of Certified CDFIs and CDFI Certification Applicants, and automate key validation processes.</p><p>Together, these three applications and forms—the CDFI Certification Application, ACR, and CTLR—will provide the CDFI Fund the ability to better track, measure, and adapt to the ever-evolving CDFI universe. And for the first time, the combined information collected would allow the CDFI Fund to paint a complete picture of the impact and activity of the Certified CDFI community. Having a greater sense of the CDFI industry will serve to build awareness; illustrate and evaluate the comprehensive effects of CDFIs in distressed communities; better assess and target financing gaps and needs; as well as aid in attracting new sources of capital. We also hope that CDFIs will be able to use the data collected by the CDFI Fund to assist in their own planning and strategy development.</p><p>While we believe the changes proposed for CDFI Certification position the CDFI industry for growth and innovation, input from CDFI practitioners and the public is still critically important to this process. We urge you to take time to consider these revisions and provide us your thoughts. </p><p>Please view all of the documents currently available for public comment, and information for how to submit your thoughts on these changes, <a href="/programs-training/certification/cdfi/Pages/CertificationPRA.aspx" target="_blank">here</a>. </p><p>Thank you in advance for your critical feedback,<br></p><p> <br> </p><p></p><p>Director Jodie L. Harris<br> CDFI Fund Director</p> 2020-05-06T04:00:00ZUpdates378

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FY 2020 CMF Application Webinar: Affordable Housing Developers/Managershttps://www.cdfifund.gov/Lists/CDFI Events/AllItems.aspxhttps://www.cdfifund.gov/Lists/CDFI Events/DispForm.aspx?ID=72FY 2020 CMF Application Webinar: Affordable Housing Developers/Managers2020-06-11T18:00:00Z2020-06-11T20:00:00ZWebinar0x01020041E1D5678A3CED4385147CFE255D18170057406B2C3550AF449B8352847FBB5E5472
FY 2020 CMF Application Webinar: Financing Entitieshttps://www.cdfifund.gov/Lists/CDFI Events/AllItems.aspxhttps://www.cdfifund.gov/Lists/CDFI Events/DispForm.aspx?ID=73FY 2020 CMF Application Webinar: Financing Entities2020-06-16T18:00:00Z2020-06-16T20:00:00ZWebinar0x01020041E1D5678A3CED4385147CFE255D18170057406B2C3550AF449B8352847FBB5E5473
CDFI Certification Conference Callhttps://www.cdfifund.gov/Lists/CDFI Events/AllItems.aspxhttps://www.cdfifund.gov/Lists/CDFI Events/DispForm.aspx?ID=59CDFI Certification Conference Call2020-06-18T19:00:00Z2020-06-18T20:00:00ZConference Call0x01020041E1D5678A3CED4385147CFE255D18170057406B2C3550AF449B8352847FBB5E5459

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Request for Public Comment on CDFI Certification Application and Reporting Toolshttps://www.cdfifund.gov/Lists/CDFI Director Message/AllItems.aspxhttps://www.cdfifund.gov/Lists/CDFI Director Message/DispForm.aspx?ID=31Request for Public Comment on CDFI Certification Application and Reporting ToolsAt the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund), we value the important work that Certified Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) do. We know that CDFIs are being asked to do more than ever before in delivering capital and credit to families, businesses and communities across the nation. And we want to continue to support CDFIs the best way that we can, evolving our policies where possible to meet the modern needs of CDFIs.2020-05-06T04:00:00Z0x0100178F0095A2AE7A4FBED67E33256F670E09005004FBF960B69843845A526DE49ACC0231

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CDFI Fund FY 2019 Year in Reviewhttps://www.cdfifund.gov/Documents/Forms/AllItems.aspxCDFI_Annual Report 2019_Final 3.30.20_508_FINAL.pdfCDFI Fund FY 2019 Year in Review<img alt="" src="/SiteCollectionImages/PublicationImages/2019%20YIR%20Cover%20Image.PNG" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />0x010100ED4B65E0AC657946A816EE9BBFD5AE1202007DB144602AC1DA428E702BE31425F1392208
FY 2019 Agency Financial Reporthttps://www.cdfifund.gov/Documents/Forms/AllItems.aspxFY 2019 AFR OIG-20-011.pdfFY 2019 Agency Financial Report<img alt="" src="/SiteCollectionImages/PublicationImages/2019%20AFR%20Cover.PNG" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />0x010100ED4B65E0AC657946A816EE9BBFD5AE1202007DB144602AC1DA428E702BE31425F1392103

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Keynote Address by CDFI Fund Director Jodie Harris at the 2019 Opportunity Finance Network Conferencehttps://www.cdfifund.gov/Lists/CDFI Speeches Testimony/AllItems.aspxhttps://www.cdfifund.gov/Lists/CDFI Speeches Testimony/DispForm.aspx?ID=52Keynote Address by CDFI Fund Director Jodie Harris at the 2019 Opportunity Finance Network Conference2019-10-22T04:00:00Z0x0100178F0095A2AE7A4FBED67E33256F670E0600A0AE5DBD132CE64193041DB75588FD6252
Testimony of CDFI Fund Director Jodie Harris Before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairshttps://www.cdfifund.gov/Lists/CDFI Speeches Testimony/AllItems.aspxhttps://www.cdfifund.gov/Lists/CDFI Speeches Testimony/DispForm.aspx?ID=51Testimony of CDFI Fund Director Jodie Harris Before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs2019-04-10T04:00:00Z0x0100178F0095A2AE7A4FBED67E33256F670E0600A0AE5DBD132CE64193041DB75588FD6251