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Request for Public Comment on Annual Certification Reporthttps://www.cdfifund.gov/Lists/CDFI News/DispForm.aspx?ID=252Request for Public Comment on Annual Certification Report<p>The U.S. Department of the Treasury, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). Currently, the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund), U.S. Department of the Treasury, is soliciting comments concerning the Annual Certification and Data Collection Report Form (Annual Certification Report).</p><p>The Annual Certification Report must be submitted by all certified CDFIs on an annual basis to ensure they are in compliance with CDFI certification requirements. </p><p>The CDFI Fund first launched the Annual Certification Report in March 2016. Based upon an evaluation of data collected via the report in the last year, the CDFI Fund has determined that the addition of nine management and organizational questions will enhance our ability to monitor certified CDFI organizational health and risk. The additional questions are outlined in the revised form below. </p><p>Public comments are invited on: (a) whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the CDFI Fund, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the CDFI Fund’s estimate of the burden of the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of technology; and (e) estimates of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information.</p><p>Comments should be submitted to Tanya McInnis, Certification, Compliance Monitoring and EvaluationActing Program Manager, CDFI Fund, at <a href="mailto:ccme@cdfi.treas.gov">ccme@cdfi.treas.gov</a> by May 22, 2017.</p> <p> <b>Related Materials</b></p><ul><li><p><a href="/Documents/ACR%20PRA%20FR%20032317%202017-05811.pdf" target="_blank">Federal Register Notice</a></p></li><li><p><a href="/Documents/Annual%20Certification%20and%20Data%20Collection%20Report%20Form%20(508%20Compliant).pdf" target="_blank">Annual Certification and Data Collection Report Form (for public comment) </a></p></li></ul>2017-03-23T04:00:00ZUpdates252
Important Reminders for FY 2017 CDFI Program and NACA Program Round Applicantshttps://www.cdfifund.gov/Lists/CDFI News/DispForm.aspx?ID=251Important Reminders for FY 2017 CDFI Program and NACA Program Round Applicants<p>As a reminder for interested fiscal year (FY) 2017 Community Development Financial Institutions Program (CDFI Program) and Native American CDFI Assistance Program (NACA Program) applicants, the deadline for online submission of the SF-424 through Grants.gov for this year’s CDFI Program and NACA Program funding rounds is <strong>March 24, 2017 at 11:59 PM Eastern</strong>. The deadline for online submission of the rest of the application materials through the CDFI Fund’s Awards Management Information System (AMIS) is <strong>April 28, 2017 at 11:59 PM Eastern</strong>. </p><p>The CDFI Fund will be answering questions about the application this week in a series of webinars targeted to different financial institution types. See the CDFI Fund’s website for information regarding how to access the webinars. Advance registration is not required to participate. </p><p> In addition, the CDFI Fund has provided new supplemental guidance materials for applicants on its website. Additional guidance materials will be posted to the CDFI Fund’s website on a rolling basis, so please make sure to check the website regularly. All of the guidance, application materials, and webinar information for the FY 2017 application round are available on the CDFI Fund’s website at <a href="http://www.cdfifund.gov/cdfi" target="_blank">www.cdfifund.gov/cdfi</a> and <a href="http://www.cdfifund.gov/native" target="_blank">www.cdfifund.gov/native</a> under How to Apply Step 2: Apply. </p><p>The CDFI Fund will be answering questions about the FY 2017 application via its Help Desk until <strong>5:00 PM Eastern Time on April 26, 2017</strong>. Contact the Help Desk by e-mail to <a href="mailto:cdfihelp@cdfi.treas.gov">cdfihelp@cdfi.treas.gov</a>; or by phone to (202) 653-0421 (please note this is not a toll free number). To learn more about the CDFI Fund and its programs, please visit <a href="http://www.cdfifund.gov/" target="_blank">www.cdfifund.gov</a>.  </p> 2017-03-20T04:00:00ZUpdates251
Update for FY 2016 Round BEA Program Applicants: Electronic Application Now Availablehttps://www.cdfifund.gov/Lists/CDFI News/DispForm.aspx?ID=250Update for FY 2016 Round BEA Program Applicants: Electronic Application Now Available<p>The electronic application for the fiscal year (FY) 2016 round of the Bank Enterprise Award Program (BEA Program) is now available in the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund’s (CDFI Fund) Awards Management Information System (AMIS). </p><p>All applicants must be registered in SAM.gov, Grants.gov, and AMIS to apply for funding. Previous applicants should confirm that their existing accounts for each system are active and up-to-date as soon as possible in order to avoid potential Standard Form-424 Mandatory (SF-424 Mandatory) and/or application submission problems. New applicants are encouraged to begin this registration process immediately. Registration guidance for SAM.gov and Grants.gov can be found on the websites for those systems. Registration guidance for AMIS can be found at <a href="https://amis.cdfifund.gov/" target="_blank">https://amis.cdfifund.gov</a>.   </p><p>The CDFI Fund <b>strongly</b> recommends that instructions and application timelines be reviewed closely by both first-time and repeat applicants, and that applicants allow adequate time to submit their applications using AMIS.</p><p>To assist potential applicants, the CDFI Fund has provided three guidance documents—a <a href="/Documents/BEA-AMIS%20Application%20Manual-APPROVED-FINALtoMT-508%20Compliant.pdf" target="_blank">Quick Start Guide</a>, an FY <a href="/Documents/2016%20BEA%20Application%20(Final)-2.21.17.pdf" target="_blank">2016 BEA Program Application Instructions document</a>, and the <a href="/Documents/2016%20BEA%20Program-Supplemental%20Guidance-Manager%20Approval-508%20Compliant.pdf" target="_blank">FY 2016 BEA Supplemental Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions for the BEA Program</a>—on its website. All of the guidance documents are available on the CDFI Fund’s website, <a href="http://www.cdfifund.gov/bea" target="_blank">www.cdfifund.gov/bea</a>, under Step 1: Apply. </p><p>On March 22, 2017 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. EST, the CDFI Fund will conduct a live webinar to demonstrate the AMIS application submission process. In addition, the CDFI Fund will provide a comprehensive instruction manual to guide applicants through the technical aspects of using AMIS to complete their applications. Details on the AMIS webinar and the “AMIS Training Manual for BEA Program Applications” will be available on the CDFI Fund’s website, <a href="http://www.cdfifund.gov/bea" target="_blank">www.cdfifund.gov/bea</a>, under <a href="/programs-training/Programs/bank_enterprise_award/Pages/apply-step.aspx#step12" target="_blank">Step 1: Apply</a>.</p><p><b>Reminder about Deadlines</b></p><ul><li><p>Part I of the application, the SF-424 Mandatory, must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on <b>April 5, 2017</b>.</p></li><li><p>Part II of the application must be submitted electronically through AMIS by 11:59 p.m. ET on <b>April 19, 2017.</b></p></li><li><p>The CDFI Fund will not answer questions about the FY 2016 round after 5:00 p.m. ET on <b>April 17, 2017. </b></p></li></ul><p>Please view the CDFI Fund’s website at <a href="http://www.cdfifund.gov/bea" target="_blank">www.cdfifund.gov/bea</a> for full details about the BEA Program and how to apply for the FY 2016 application round. For questions regarding the BEA Program, please contact the CDFI Fund Help Desk at (202) 653-0421 or via the Service Request feature in AMIS.</p> 2017-03-17T04:00:00ZUpdates250

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