Programs & Training


The Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) plays an important role in generating economic growth and opportunity in some of our nation’s most distressed communities. By offering tailored resources and innovative programs that invest federal dollars alongside private sector capital, the CDFI Fund serves mission-driven financial institutions that take a market-based approach to supporting economically disadvantaged communities. Learn more about the CDFI Fund’s programs and initiatives below.


The first step to accessing many of the CDFI Fund’s programs is applying for CDFI or CDE Certification. Although there are some exceptions, certification is the gateway to accessing the CDFI Fund’s award programs.


The CDFI Fund’s award programs encourage economic and community development in low-income and distressed communities across the country.




The CDFI Fund’s Capacity Building Initiative offers a variety of training and direct technical assistance opportunities to CDFIs looking to strengthen their organizations and, ultimately, serve distressed communities in new and innovative ways. The training programs offered through the Capacity Building Initiative target key issues affecting CDFIs and support the development of tailored capacity building plans to meet the unique needs of individual organizations.



Why Apply?

Over the past twenty years, the CDFI Fund has fostered the growth of a community development finance industry that has been built through the innovation and determination of countless individuals dedicated to an inspired vision of the common good.

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CDFI Fund Tools & Resources

Access Tools and Resources

Access the CDFI Fund's database systems below. Use the Awards Database search to find CDFI Fund awardees by state for all of the CDFI Fund's programs.





Awards Database

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