Capital Magnet Fund

Step 1: CDFI Certification

Community Development Financial Institution Certification (CDFI Certification) is the U.S. Department of the Treasury's recognition of specialized financial institutions serving low-income communities. Through Certification, CDFIs are qualified to apply for technical assistance and financial assistance awards, as well as training provided by the CDFI Fund through the Capacity Building Initiative.

Be sure to review the application materials under the Apply step to learn the certification guidance for this program. Then, learn more about how to apply to be certified as a CDFI on the CDFI Certification page.

Note for Capital Magnet Fund Applicants: In order to be eligible to apply for a Capital Magnet Fund award, Applicants must either be a Certified CDFI as of the release date of the Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) or be a non-profit organization with a principal purpose of developing or managing affordable housing. For additional eligibility information, see the current Notice of Funds Availability.


Questions regarding the Capital Magnet Fund program may be directed to the CDFI Fund by submitting a Service Request from your Awards Management Information System (AMIS) account. Non-AMIS users may contact the CDFI Fund’s Help Desk by e-mail to; or by phone to (202) 653-0421. Please note this is not a toll free number.