CDFI Bond Guarantee Program

CDFI Bond Guarantee Program Benefits

Through the CDFI Bond Guarantee Program, the Secretary of the Treasury makes debt available to CDFIs from the Federal Financing Bank. The loans provide long-term capital not previously available to CDFIs, and inject new and substantial investment into our nation's most distressed communities. The CDFI Bond Guarantee Program has guaranteed $852 million in bonds to date. 

Download CDFI Bond Guarantee Program Fact Sheet (English) ›
Download CDFI Bond Guarantee Program Fact Sheet (Español) ›

Opening Date
January 5, 2016


Deadline


Announcement Date
Summer 2016

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​​​​​Overview

Enacted through the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, the CDFI Bond Guarantee Program responds to a critical market need—long-term, low-cost capital that can be used to spur economic growth and jump start community revitalization. Through the CDFI Bond Guarantee Program, Qualified Issuers (CDFIs or their designees) apply to the CDFI Fund for authorization to issue bonds worth a minimum of $100 million in total. The bonds provide CDFIs with access to substantial capital that is then used to reignite the economies of some of our nation's most distressed communities.

Unlike other CDFI Fund programs, the CDFI Bond Guarantee Program does not offer grants, but is instead a federal credit subsidy program, designed to function at no cost to taxpayers. The bond proceeds are debt instruments that must be repaid.

The Secretary of the Treasury provides a 100 percent guarantee on these loans, with a maximum maturity of 30 years. The Qualified Issuer sells the government-backed bonds to the Federal Financing Bank (FFB)—a government corporation that ensures the efficient use of federal financing—and bond proceeds are used to extend credit to CDFIs for community development purposes. The Qualified Issuer thus acts as a "go between" financier to the broader CDFI community.

CDFIs benefit from the potential scale of the CDFI Bond Guarantee Program, which offers long-term credit at below-market interest rates. This unique program incentivizes and empowers CDFIs to execute large-scale projects, including the development of commercial real estate, housing units, charter schools, daycare or healthcare centers, and municipal infrastructure. In addition to these projects, eligible CDFIs may use the capital to extend credit to other community development borrowers—or Secondary Borrowers—or refinance existing loans at low interest rates, freeing up capital for additional investments. By promoting large-scale, long-term investment, the CDFI Bond Guarantee program helps breathe new life into economically underserved areas.

For more information, please see our 2015 CDFI Bond Guarantee Fact Sheet (English / Español).

Reference Documents

Eligibility

There are separate eligibility criteria for an applicant to be deemed either a Qualified Issuer or an Eligible CDFI for the purposes of the CDFI Bond Guarantee Program.

For detailed information, please refer to the Notice of Guarantee Availability.

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QUALIFIED ISSUERS AND ELIGIBLE CDFIS

 

 

Certification https://www.cdfifund.gov/programs-training/Programs/cdfi-bond/Lists/CDFI Bond Steps/DispForm.aspx?ID=5Certification Step 11CDFI Certification/programs-training/Programs/cdfi-bond/Pages/cdfi-certification-step.aspx#step1
Applyhttps://www.cdfifund.gov/programs-training/Programs/cdfi-bond/Lists/CDFI Bond Steps/DispForm.aspx?ID=1ApplyStep 22Timeline| Application Materials| /programs-training/Programs/cdfi-bond/Pages/apply-step.aspx#step2
Award Announcementhttps://www.cdfifund.gov/programs-training/Programs/cdfi-bond/Lists/CDFI Bond Steps/DispForm.aspx?ID=2Award AnnouncementStep 33Award Announcement/programs-training/Programs/cdfi-bond/Pages/award-announcement-step.aspx#step3
Closing and Disbursementhttps://www.cdfifund.gov/programs-training/Programs/cdfi-bond/Lists/CDFI Bond Steps/DispForm.aspx?ID=3Closing and DisbursementStep 44Closing and Disbursement/programs-training/Programs/cdfi-bond/Pages/closing-disbursement-step.aspx#step4
Compliance and Reportinghttps://www.cdfifund.gov/programs-training/Programs/cdfi-bond/Lists/CDFI Bond Steps/DispForm.aspx?ID=4Compliance and ReportingStep 55Compliance and Reporting/programs-training/Programs/cdfi-bond/Pages/compliance-step.aspx#step5

 

 

Certification https://www.cdfifund.gov/programs-training/Programs/cdfi-bond/Lists/CDFI Bond Steps/DispForm.aspx?ID=6Certification Step 11CDFI Certification/programs-training/Programs/cdfi-bond/Pages/cdfi-issuer-certification-step.aspx#step1
Applyhttps://www.cdfifund.gov/programs-training/Programs/cdfi-bond/Lists/CDFI Bond Steps/DispForm.aspx?ID=7ApplyStep 22Timeline| Application Materials| ​​Application and Underwriting/programs-training/Programs/cdfi-bond/Pages/apply-issuer-step.aspx#step2
Award Announcementhttps://www.cdfifund.gov/programs-training/Programs/cdfi-bond/Lists/CDFI Bond Steps/DispForm.aspx?ID=8Award AnnouncementStep 33Award Announcement/programs-training/Programs/cdfi-bond/Pages/award-announcement-issuer-step.aspx#step3
Bond Closinghttps://www.cdfifund.gov/programs-training/Programs/cdfi-bond/Lists/CDFI Bond Steps/DispForm.aspx?ID=9Bond ClosingStep 44Bond Closing ​/programs-training/Programs/cdfi-bond/Pages/closing-disbursement-issuer-step.aspx#step4
Compliance and Reportinghttps://www.cdfifund.gov/programs-training/Programs/cdfi-bond/Lists/CDFI Bond Steps/DispForm.aspx?ID=10Compliance and ReportingStep 55Compliance and Reporting/programs-training/Programs/cdfi-bond/Pages/compliance-issuer-step.aspx#step5

 

 

Awardshttps://www.cdfifund.gov/Lists/CDFI Tools Resources/DispForm.aspx?ID=6AwardsLooking for more about Awards for this program? Find it on our Awards page<img alt="" src="/Style%20Library/cdfi/pic-highlight1.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />/awards/state-awards/Pages/default.aspx

 

 

Our Impacthttps://www.cdfifund.gov/Lists/CDFI Tools Resources/DispForm.aspx?ID=7Our ImpactLearn more about the impact of the CDFI Fund on our Impact Blog<img alt="" src="/Style%20Library/cdfi/pic-highlight1.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />/impact/Pages/default.aspx

CDFI Fund Tools & Resources

 

 

AMIShttps://www.cdfifund.gov/Lists/CDFI Tools Resources/DispForm.aspx?ID=3AMISicon-communityHome;#0x0100178F0095A2AE7A4FBED67E33256F670E0400E5EE0B704BCEE64CA003554D82DE23E23http://amis.cdfifund.gov
CIMS Mapping Toolhttps://www.cdfifund.gov/Lists/CDFI Tools Resources/DispForm.aspx?ID=2CIMS Mapping Toolicon-mapHome;#0x0100178F0095A2AE7A4FBED67E33256F670E0400E5EE0B704BCEE64CA003554D82DE23E22/Pages/mapping-system.aspx
Community Investment Impact Systemhttps://www.cdfifund.gov/Lists/CDFI Tools Resources/DispForm.aspx?ID=1Community Investment Impact Systemicon-checkmarkHome;#0x0100178F0095A2AE7A4FBED67E33256F670E0400E5EE0B704BCEE64CA003554D82DE23E21/Pages/ciis.aspx