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First CDFI Qualification Round Opens March 19

Fri, Mar 16, 2018

Federally insured, low-income credit unions interested in becoming certified community development financial institutions may be eligible to use the National Credit Union Administration’s streamlined application.

In the streamlined process, which runs from March 19 to April 6, low-income credit unions submit data on loan originations to the NCUA’s Office of Credit Union Resources and Expansion. The agency will then analyze each credit union’s products and services and other indicators to determine its likelihood for certification.

If the credit union is qualified to use the streamlined process, the NCUA will provide an application form and the data necessary to complete it. The credit union then completes the application and submits it to the CDFI Fund, which makes the final determination on the certification. Credit unions not eligible for the streamlined application can still use the standard form.

The NCUA’s online program guide has all the necessary instructions for applying.