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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.