CDFI Certification

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 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.

Applicants are advised that the CDFI Fund is currently experiencing a high volume of application submissions for CDFI Certification. As a result, it is taking an extended period of time to provide applicants with Certification determinations. Your patience during this time is greatly appreciated.



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.