How to Become a Certified CDFI

CDFI Certification is the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s recognition of specialized financial institutions serving low-income communities. CDFI Certification opens the door to opportunities for CDFIs to excel—both operationally and financially. The Treasury’s CDFI Fund provides grants and financing to organizations certified as Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). The CDFI designation limits those who can apply for those resources to ensure the program benefits those that most need it by institutions accountable to their communities with a mission to make a difference. The designation of CDFI certification conferred by the CDFI Fund to indicate that a financial instituti

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