CDFI Certification

Step 1: Application Process

The CDFI Fund paused acceptance of all new CDFI Certification Applications beginning October 1, 2022 to prepare for the launch of the revised CDFI Certification Application and reporting requirements.

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 below 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 should review applicable CDFI Fund program application, guidance materials, Notices Funding Availability (NOFAs) and Notices of Guarantee Availability (NOGAs) for requirements related to CDFI certification.

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 or at (202) 653-0423.

If you have submitted a CDFI Certification Application prior to the October 1, 2022 deadline, the CDFI Fund will be reviewing all applications and will make determinations by April 2023.



Questions regarding CDFI Certification may be directed to the CDFI Fund by e-mail to; via an AMIS Service Request; or by phone to (202) 653-0423. Please note this is not a toll-free number. Questions regarding the ACR may be directed to FS&R by e-mail to