CDFI Fund: CDFI and NACA Program Electronic Application Available

The electronic applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2016 round of the CDFI Program and NACA Program are now available in the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund)’s Awards Management Information System (AMIS).

All applicants must be registered in SAM.gov, Grants.gov, and AMIS to apply for funding. Previous applicants should confirm that their existing accounts for each system are active and up-to-date as soon as possible in order to avoid potential Standard Form-424 (SF-424) and/or application submission problems. New applicants are encouraged to begin the registration process now. Registration guidance for SAM.gov and Grants.gov can be found on the websites for those systems. Registration guidance for AMIS can be found at https://amis.cdfifund.gov/.

The CDFI Fund strongly recommends that the instructions and application timelines are reviewed closely by both first-time and repeat applicants and that applicants give themselves adequate time to submit their applications using AMIS.

To assist potential applicants, the CDFI Fund has provided three additional guidance documents—a Quick Start Guide, an Application Evaluation Document, and the FY 2016 Frequently Asked Questions for the CDFI Program and NACA Program application—on its website. All of the guidance documents are available on the CDFI Fund’s website, www.cdfifund.gov/cdfi, under Step 2: Apply and www.cdfifund.gov/native, under Step 2: Apply. There, applicants can also find information about upcoming in-person workshops, live webinars, other presentations about the FY 2016 CDFI Program and NACA Program funding rounds, and AMIS application submission process.

In addition, the CDFI Fund will be providing a comprehensive instruction manual to help guide applicants through the technical aspects of using AMIS to complete their applications. The “AMIS Training Manual for CDFI and NACA Program Applications” will be available on the CDFI Fund’s website in the coming days. In the meantime, applicants should use the guidance documents that are currently available, particularly the Quick Start Guide, to begin the application process.

Reminder about Deadlines

  • The deadline for submission of the SF-424 electronically through Grants.gov is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on Friday, March 18, 2016.
  • The deadline for submission of the CDFI Program and NACA Program applications electronically through AMIS is 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday, April 18, 2016.
  • The CDFI Fund will stop taking questions about the application at 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, April 15, 2016.

Please view the CDFI Fund’s website at www.cdfifund.gov/cdfi and www.cdfifund.gov/native for full details about the CDFI Program and NACA Program and how to apply to the FY 2016 application round. Please direct any questions to the CDFI Program and Native Initiatives Help Desk at (202) 653-0421 (Option 1) or cdfihelp@cdfi.treas.gov.