NCUA awarded $3.7 million in grants and no-interest loans to 162 low-income credit unions, helping them provide affordable financial services to their members and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In April, the agency committed the majority of its 2020 Community Development Revolving Loan Fund allocation to COVID-19 assistance. The grants and loans went to low-income credit unions in 40 states and the District of Columbia.
NCUA awarded 153 grants totaling nearly $1.5 million. Of those, 32 credit unions were first-time grant recipients. Forty-eight credit unions were minority depository institutions. Grant awards ranged from $900 to $10,000. The agency also approved nine no-interest loans of $250,000 each.
The grants and loans fell into four categories:
Additionally, urgent need grants remain available. Eligible federally insured, low-income-designated credit unions can receive up to $7,500 for emergency and natural disaster relief. Low-income credit unions that wish to apply for urgent need grants should review the NCUA’s grant guidelines and apply through the agency’s CyberGrants portal.
NCUA’s Office of Credit Union Resources and Expansion administers grant funding provided by the CDRLF, which offers grants and loans to credit unions serving low-income communities. Since 2001, Congress has provided NCUA with $22.8 million for these grants.