​​​​​Step 2: Application Process

The Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA), instructions, and supplemental materials for the FY 2018 round of the Capital Magnet Fund (CMF) program are below. These materials are intended to help you understand how to apply for a Capital Magnet Fund Award. The application materials listed on this page and the requirements set forth in the NOFA are subject to change for future funding rounds.

Applicants for CMF are required to submit materials through Grants.gov (SF-424) and the CDFI Fund’s Award Management Information System (AMIS). The AMIS application interface is not yet available, but should be open a few weeks after the publication of the FY 2018 NOFA. In the meantime, prospective applicants are advised to review the NOFA, Application Instructions and related materials below. Prospective applicants are also advised to submit their SF-424 in Grants.gov and create an organizational AMIS account, if they don’t have one already. These tasks must be completed by the deadlines in the Application Round Timeline below.

The CDFI Fund will send out a GovDelivery Notice when the application becomes available in AMIS. To sign up for our GovDelivery notifications, click here.

Capital Magnet Fund Overview Presentations

The CDFI Fund held pre-application information sessions about the Capital Magnet Fund program in May and June, 2018. The presentation for the sessions is available at the link below.

Additionally, the following six modules provide an overview of various Capital Magnet Fund program topics:

FY 2018 Application Round Timeline

July 18, 2018Opening of Application Round
August 20, 2018 (11:59 PM ET)Deadline for Online submission of SF-424 via Grants.gov
August 27, 2018 (11:59 PM ET)Deadline to Create Organizational Account in AMIS
September 13, 2018 (5:00 PM ET)Last Day to Contact the CDFI Fund with Application Questions
September 17, 2018 (5:00 PM ET)Deadline of Application Submission and all Attachments in AMIS
February 13, 2019FY 2018 Capital Magnet Fund Awards Announced

FY 2018 Application Webinars

The CDFI Fund is conducting three targeted live webinars to provide a forum to answer applicant questions about the FY 2018 Capital Magnet Fund Application. Advance registration is not required to participate in the webinars. Access the webinars by clicking the links below 5 minutes before the webinars begin. Requests for reasonable accommodations under section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act should be directed to Jay Santiago at 202-653-0300 no later than 48 hours before the conference calls begin.

Viewing these webinars requires the use of WebEx. To download the WebEx Event Manager, see the instructions on the Verizon's WebEx Downloads page.

Webinar TopicDate and TimeConferenceAccess Link
Application Webinar: Financing EntitiesJuly 31, 2018
2:00-4:00 PM ET
Webinar Completed Access the Recording
Application Webinar: Affordable Housing Developers/ManagersAugust 2, 2018
3:00-5:00 PM ET
Webinar Completed Access the Recording
AMIS Application DemonstrationAugust 8, 2018
3:00-4:00 PM ET
Webinar Completed Access the Recording

FY 2018 Application Materials



FY 2017 Application Materials