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2021 CDRLF grant round opens May 3

April 16, 2021

Low-income-designated credit unions seeking Community Development Revolving Loan Fund grants in 2021 will be able to apply between May 3 and June 26, NCUA announced Friday. 

“I want to encourage all eligible credit unions to consider applying for a CDRLF grant this year,” NCUA Chairman Todd M. Harper said. “These grants make a tremendous difference to small, low-income and minority credit unions working to provide more and better services to their members and communities or seeking to bolster their own capacity. As these credit unions and their members continue to disproportionately face the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, this funding is very important.”

The agency will administer approximately $1.5 million in CDRLF grants to the most-qualified applicants, subject to the availability of funds. Grants will be awarded in three categories:

  • Underserved Outreach (maximum award of $50,000);
  • Minority Depository Institution Mentoring (maximum award of $25,000); and
  • Digital Services and Cybersecurity (maximum award of $7,000).

Grant requirements, application instructions, and other important information are available on the grants program page of NCUA.gov. Credit unions will use the NCUA’s cybergrants portal to submit their applications. Credit unions with other questions about CDRLF grants may contact the NCUA’s Office of Credit Union Resources and Expansion at CUREAPPS@ncua.gov.

In addition to being a low-income-designated institution, a credit union must have an active account with the federal government’s System for Award Management, a Data Universal Number System number, and a Commercial and Government Entity number to be eligible for the program.

First-time System for Award Management users can register by following the instructions in the Quick Start Guide for New Registrations. Credit unions with an existing SAM registration must recertify and maintain an active status annually.

They can recertify or renew their SAM account status by following the instructions in the Quick Start Guide for Renewing Registrations. Credit unions may obtain a Data Universal Number System number by visiting the Dun & Bradstreet website or calling 866-705-5711 to register or search for a DUNS number.