Small Dollar Loan Program

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.

Entities seeking certification should review applicable CDFI Fund program application, guidance materials and Notices Funding Availability (NOFAs) for requirements, including deadlines related to CDFI Certification. To learn more about how to apply to be certified as a CDFI on the CDFI Certification page.



Questions regarding CDFI Program may be directed to the CDFI Fund by e-mail to; or by phone to (202) 653-0421. Please note this is not a toll free number.