Applyhttps://www.cdfifund.gov/programs-training/certification/cdfi/Lists/CDFI Certification Steps/DispForm.aspx?ID=1ApplyStep 11Application Materials /programs-training/certification/cdfi/Pages/apply-step.aspx#step1
Reporting https://www.cdfifund.gov/programs-training/certification/cdfi/Lists/CDFI Certification Steps/DispForm.aspx?ID=2Reporting Step 22Reporting/programs-training/certification/cdfi/Pages/reporting-step.aspx#step2

​​​​​​​​Step 1: Application Process

An entity seeking to be certified as a Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) must submit a CDFI Certification Application through the CDFI Fund’s Awards Management Information System (AMIS).

The CDFI Fund has developed the application materials listed to help you understand the CDFI Certification requirements and how to apply for Certification. Additional AMIS related training manuals can be found on our AMIS page at amis.cdfifund.gov.

Entities applying for certification as a CDFI are advised that certification determinations can take up to 90 days from the date a completed CDFI Certification Application has been received by the CDFI Fund. Those considering certification as a CDFI are encouraged to take this review period into account as it may impact their eligibility to apply for CDFI Fund programs that require CDFI certification. Entities should review applicable CDFI Fund program application, guidance materials and Notices Funding Availability (NOFAs) for requirements related to CDFI certification.

Please note, credit unions interested in applying for Certification using the Streamlined Application process must first be contacted and approved by the National Credit Union Association.

For specific questions about applying for CDFI certification that cannot be answered through materials available on the CDFI Fund’s website, please contact the Certification, Compliance Monitoring and Evaluation team by submitting an AMIS Service Request. You may also reach the CCME Helpdesk at ccme@cdfi.treas.gov or at (202) 653-0423.


Please note: The CDFI Fund is currently requesting public comment on a new CDFI Certification Application and reporting tools. Please learn more here.

Application Materials

 

 

AMIS - Submission Guidance for CDFI Certification Applicationhttps://www.cdfifund.gov/Documents/Forms/AllItems.aspx2018 CDFI Cert App User Guide_508C Final.pdfAMIS - Submission Guidance for CDFI Certification Application20182018-11-01T04:00:00Z1898
AMIS - Submission Guidance for CDFI Certification Target Market Modificationhttps://www.cdfifund.gov/Documents/Forms/AllItems.aspx2018 CDFI TM Modification App User Guide_508C Final.pdfAMIS - Submission Guidance for CDFI Certification Target Market Modification20182018-11-01T04:00:00Z1896
AMIS - Submission Guidance for NCUA Low Income Designated Credit Unionshttps://www.cdfifund.gov/Documents/Forms/AllItems.aspx2018 CDFI CU Streamline Certification App User Guide_508C Final.pdfAMIS - Submission Guidance for NCUA Low Income Designated Credit Unions20182018-11-01T04:00:00Z1897
CDFI Certification Application Supplemental Guidance and Tipshttps://www.cdfifund.gov/Documents/Forms/AllItems.aspxCDFI Cert APP Supplemental Guidance and Tips 12_2018_508C Final.pdfCDFI Certification Application Supplemental Guidance and Tips20182018-11-01T04:00:00Z1943

Mapping Tools

 

 

CDFI Program 2011-2015 ACS Eligible Investment Areashttps://www.cdfifund.gov/Documents/Forms/AllItems.aspxCDFI Investment Areas ACS 2011-2015.xlsbCDFI Program 2011-2015 ACS Eligible Investment Areas20182018-10-01T04:00:00Z1882
CDFI Program 2011-2015 ACS Eligible Investment Areas FAQshttps://www.cdfifund.gov/Documents/Forms/AllItems.aspxCDFI Investment Areas potential FAQs FINAL 100118.pdfCDFI Program 2011-2015 ACS Eligible Investment Areas FAQs20182018-10-01T04:00:00Z1881
CIMS User Manual Updated August 2017https://www.cdfifund.gov/Documents/Forms/AllItems.aspxCIMS USER FINAL Aug 25 2017.pdfCIMS User Manual Updated August 201720172017-08-28T04:00:00Z1584

 

 

CDFI Certification Contact Informationhttps://www.cdfifund.gov/Lists/CDFI Call Out/AllItems.aspxhttps://www.cdfifund.gov/Lists/CDFI Call Out/DispForm.aspx?ID=5CDFI Certification Contact Information<h3>Questions?</h3><p>Questions regarding CDFI Certification may be directed to the CDFI Fund by e-mail to <a href="mailto:ccme@cdfi.treas.gov">ccme@cdfi.treas.gov</a>; via an AMIS Service Request; or by phone to (202) 653-0423. Please note this is not a toll free number.</p>