CDFI Certification

Step 2: Reporting

In 2016, the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) launched a new mandatory Annual Certification and Data Collection Report (ACR) for all Certified Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). The ACR, which must be completed in the CDFI Fund’s Awards Management Information System (AMIS), allows the CDFI Fund to annually assess CDFIs’ compliance with Certification guidelines and collect data that provides insights into the CDFI industry.

CDFIs must submit an ACR within 90 days of the end of their organization’s fiscal year. Failure to file the required ACR may result in a loss of Certification status and may lead to additional sanctions for CDFIs that are program Recipients. CDFIs will use data from their last complete fiscal year to complete the ACR. Please note that CDFIs may report unaudited financial data in their ACR submissions. In addition, those organizations certified during the current fiscal year will not be required to submit the ACR until the following year.

During the CDFI Certification Application blackout period, CDFIs will be required to remain in a state of good standing with respect to their Certification status. This pause does not affect the submission of any Annual Certification and Data Collection Reports (ACR) or reports required by the Office of Compliance Monitoring and Evaluation. Organizations must remain in compliance with all outstanding CDFI Fund awards (including CDFI/NACA Program Financial Assistance and Technical Assistance, CDFI Equitable Recovery Program, Bank Enterprise Award Program, Small Dollar Loan Program, Capital Magnet Fund, and Rapid Response Program awards), New Markets Tax Credit Allocations, or CDFI Bond Guarantee Program reporting requirements.

In order to receive regular notifications on reporting guidance and deadlines, CDFIs should ensure that contact information in AMIS is updated on a routine basis.

ACR Conference Calls

The CDFI Fund conducts ACR-focused Conference Calls which are intended to serve as a forum for Certified CDFIs and other ACR stakeholders to ask questions and discuss the ACR and its submission process.

Access Instructions

The schedule for ACR question and answer conference calls are provided below. To access conference calls participants need to call the toll-free number (888) 848-6712 and dial in the numeric Participant Passcode “8742864”. No prior registration is necessary. 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 call begins.

ACR Conference Call Schedule

  • Thursday, March 16 from 3:00 - 4:00 pm EST


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