NCUA Renewing Streamlined CDFI Application Process

NCUA Renewing Streamlined CDFI Application Process


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The National Credit Union Administration will begin accepting applications on Jan. 24 for federally insured, low-income credit unions that want to use the agency’s streamlined qualification process to be certified as Community Development Financial Institutions.

“Expanding access and opportunity is fundamental to the credit union system’s mission, and it is one of the pillars of ACCESS, the agency’s financial inclusion initiative,” NCUA Chairman Rodney Hood said. “I encourage eligible credit unions to explore using this tool as a way to serve underserved communities and provide them with needed credit and essential financial services.”

CDFI certification makes credit unions eligible for training and competitive award programs intended to enhance their ability to serve underserved communities. In its end-of-year spending measure, Congress authorized additional CDFI funding for financial institutions serving minority communities.

The NCUA Office of Credit Union Resources and Expansion will analyze a credit union’s products and services to determine if it qualifies for the streamlined application. Officials from the Treasury Department’s CDFI program make the final decision about certification.

The application deadline is April 3.


  • David Baumann

    David Baumann established and edited the Washington Credit Union Daily website before it was put on hiatus while he served as the editor of the regulatory and legislative blog at CUCollaborate. Before starting Washington Credit Union Daily, David was the Washington correspondent for the Credit Union Times. A veteran Washington reporter, he has spent his career writing and editing for many of the capital’s leading publications, including CongressDaily, National Journal magazine and Congressional Quarterly Weekly. He was part of a team that won a 2005 National Headliner Award for a special issue of National Journal on “The State of Congress.” He holds a B.A. in political science from The George Washington University and an M.A. in journalism from Indiana University.

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