We are the voice for providers of fair and affordable finance.
We represent and support a strong national network of CDFIs. They lend to people, businesses and social enterprises across the UK, supporting local jobs, families and economies.
Payday lenders may be shrinking, but there is no need to turn to illegal lenders. With 94% of people introduced to a loan shark by friends or family, a new campaign introduces safe, affordable lenders
CDFA member LDBG is currently the leading social enterprise in the country for finance according to the NatWest Social Enterprise 100 Index.
CDFA member Finance For Enterprise has been supporting the start-up and growth of SMEs since 1985, as one of the first enterprise agencies and business loan funds in the Yorkshire region
What would make your community a better place: a vibrant high street, more jobs, improved services, green spaces and a thriving local pub?
What We're Doing
Helping our members demonstrate their economic impact
The CDFA provides networking, advocacy, funding and expertise for members. Find out more about the benefits of joining.
The CDFA is working with its members, supporting people to turn business ideas into successful businesses.
This new tool enables our members to comprehensively, consistently and clearly report on the values of their social impacts and outcomes
Our flagship publication with expert analysis of the activities and impacts of alternative community lenders
Access to fair and affordable finance remains a barrier to many. This is a drag on our economy – entrepreneurs are being held back and there is a dearth of community reinvestment.
Unmet demand for finance amongst individuals and organisations that do not qualify for traditional bank funding has reached more than £6billion, according to this latest research.