Update-July 1, 2021: For those preparing to apply for the FY 2021 application round, the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) conducted an informational pre-application webinar on June 30, 2021 for the Capital Magnet Fund. The presentation and a recording of the session are available on the CDFI Fund's website at www.cdfifund.gov/cmf under How to Apply Step 2: Apply.
Interested in applying to the upcoming fiscal year (FY) 2021 funding round for the Capital Magnet Fund? You may find the following information helpful in getting started. The CDFI Fund is tentatively planning to open the FY 2021 application round in the summer of 2021 with more funding available in this round than any previous round.
If you are new to the Capital Magnet Fund or simply need a refresher, the Capital Magnet Fund team will hold a pre-application webinar for potential applicants on June 30, 2021. The webinar will provide an overview of the Capital Magnet Fund program and how applicants can prep for the round in advance by setting up the essential System for Award Management (SAM), Grants.gov, and Awards Management Information System (AMIS) accounts. View how to access the webinar and additional useful information below.
FY 2021 Pre-Application Webinar
Advance registration is not required to participate in the webinar. Please access the webinar, using the link provided below, at least five minutes prior to the beginning of the webinar. Requests for reasonable accommodations under section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act should be directed to Jay Santiago at the CDFI Fund at 202-653-0300.
Viewing this webinar requires the use of WebEx. To download the Webex Meetings Desktop Application, please see the instructions on the WebEx Downloads webpage.
Date: Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Time: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm Eastern Time (ET)
- Call-In: 1-888-469-0492
- Webinar Access: https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join
- Conference Number: PWXW2213883
- Audience Passcode: 1616079
First Steps to “Get Ready to Apply”
The below information has been previously released. As always, the CDFI Fund encourages you to thoroughly review the information provided on SAM.gov and Grants.gov in advance, as the CDFI Fund is not responsible for maintaining those systems and processes may change.
To successfully submit a Capital Magnet Fund funding application, your organization will need to have account access for several different federal government websites. You can act now to speed things up for your organization when the application period opens for the FY 2021 round.
Completing the following will ensure that you will be able to access required forms and information in SAM.gov, Grants.gov, and AMIS. Please note that while we have done our best to compile useful links to help you, the CDFI Fund is not responsible for maintaining links or the accuracy of the information on other organizations' websites.
Step 1: Obtain your DUNS and EIN Numbers
Each applicant must provide, as part of its application submission, a Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number. Applicants without a DUNS number will not be able to register in SAM.gov and Grants.gov, nor submit a Standard Form (SF)-424 Mandatory in the Grants.gov system. Further, the DUNS number in your SAM.gov, Grants.gov, and AMIS accounts must all match and must be the correct DUNS number of the Applicant. Be careful not to enter the DUNS number of an affiliate or parent organization. Doing so will cause your Application to be deemed ineligible.
- Please allow sufficient time for Dun and Bradstreet to respond to inquiries and/or requests for DUNS numbers. This process may take one week or longer to complete.*
- Learn more about how to obtain a DUNS number here.
Applicants must also have an Employer Identification Number (EIN) to register in SAM.gov, which is a prerequisite to submit a SF-424 Mandatory via Grants.gov. Applicants that do not have an EIN number must apply to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to obtain the number. Further, the EIN number in your SAM.gov and AMIS accounts must match and must be the correct EIN number of the applicant. Be careful not to enter the EIN of an affiliate or parent organization. Doing so will cause your Application to be deemed ineligible.
- Please allow sufficient time to obtain your organization's EIN. This process may take two weeks or longer to complete.*
- To obtain an EIN, please visit the IRS.gov page here.
Step 2: Create or Update Your SAM.gov Account
SAM is an official website of the U.S. government that collects, validates, stores, and disseminates business information about the federal government's trading partners in support of the contract awards, grants, and electronic payment processes. You must have an active registration in SAM.gov to do business with the federal government.
Registration in SAM is required as part of the Grants.gov registration process and for all applications submitted for the Capital Magnet Fund.
Applicants that have previously registered with SAM must verify their accounts are current and active, as they need to be renewed annually. Even if your organization has registered with SAM previously, you should not assume that your account is still active. Also, the process to reactivate your SAM account may take longer than you anticipate. If your SAM.gov account is not active, you will be unable to submit the Grants.gov portion of your application. Additionally, if your organization is selected to receive a Capital Magnet Fund award, the funds from your award will be paid to the bank account you have on file with SAM.gov. Therefore, it is important to have accurate bank information in the system.
- SAM.gov requires the public to have a Login.gov account to use SAM.gov. Here's more information about how to use Login.gov to access SAM.gov.
- Here’s a useful link on how to register a new entity with SAM.gov.
- This process may take three weeks or longer for both new applicants and applicants that need to re-activate an existing SAM.gov account.*
Step 3: Create or Update Your Grants.gov Account
Applicants must have a Grants.gov account and submit the appropriate SF-424 Mandatory by the deadline listed in the applicable program Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) published in the Federal Register.
The appropriate SF-424 Mandatory must be completed and submitted electronically via Grants.gov before the application materials are due in your AMIS account. You will not be able to submit the SF-424 Mandatory to the CDFI Fund directly. If you upload the SF-424 Mandatory to your AMIS account, it will not be reviewed. An SF-424 Mandatory must be submitted separately for each program applied to on an annual basis, in accordance with each program's NOFA.
- Please allow sufficient time to register for a Grants.gov account. This process may take one week or longer to complete.*
- Here's a useful link on how to register for a Grants.gov account.
Step 4: Create or Update Your AMIS Account
Make sure your AMIS account is up-to-date: verify the contacts for your organization are current and assign them the proper permissions. Only a user designated as an Authorized Representative in AMIS can sign the Capital Magnet Fund application. Make sure that the person signing the application as the "Authorized Representative" has authority to sign legal documents on behalf of your organization. Consultants working on behalf of your organization cannot be designated as Authorized Representatives. Be sure to include e-mail addresses and phone numbers for each contact. Also, make sure that your organization's mailing address is correct.
In addition, your organization must have an EIN/Tax ID and DUNs number recorded in AMIS in order to submit your application when the applicable funding round is opened. These numbers must be for the organization submitting a CMF application and must match those entered on the SF-424 Mandatory Form.
- Please allow 1-2 business days to create or update an AMIS account.*
- Learn how to establish an AMIS account here.
*Applicants are advised that the stated durations are estimates only and represent minimum timeframes. Actual timeframes may take longer.