The CDFA exists to create a thriving community finance industry, which brings social and financial benefits to neighbourhoods across the UK. Our members lend money to people, businesses and social enterprises who struggle to get finance from high street banks. Read more about CDFA

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CDFIs, responsible for funding over 10,000 small businesses rejected for bank finance last year, have joined with the rapidly-expanding finance portal alternativebusinessfunding.co.uk –to support SMEs requiring non-bank funding solutions.

40 CDFIs join funding portal for alternative SME finance

CDFIs, responsible for funding over 10,000 small businesses rejected for bank finance last year, have joined with the rapidly-expanding finance portal alternativebusinessfunding.co.uk –to support SMEs requiring non-bank funding solutions.
Affordable credit should be accessible to everyone in every community across the UK, and the CDFA has set out how this vision should be realised -  in our new Just Finance report

CDFA maps out how affordable credit can be available to all

Affordable credit should be accessible to everyone in every community across the UK, and the CDFA has set out how this vision should be realised - in our new Just Finance report
Bob Annibale considers what can be learnt from the US CDFI sector to help the UK industry achieve greater scale and impact

Getting to scale: lessons from the US

Bob Annibale considers what can be learnt from the US CDFI sector to help the UK industry achieve greater scale and impact

A business kick start for social housing tenants

BOOST Neighbourhood Finance

New community banking solution launched in Bristol

SWIG Finance are leading a boost for local enterprise and a challenge to payday lenders
What we’re doing
The Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards will promote the great work of CDFIs and microentrepreneurs

Celebrating excellence in community finance

The Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards will promote the great work of CDFIs and microentrepreneurs
The CDFA provides networking, advocacy, funding and expertise for members. Find out more about the benefits of joining.

Supporting our members

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.

Start-Up loans for entrepreneurs

The CDFA is working with its members, supporting people to turn business ideas into successful businesses.
Resources
Our flagship publication throwing a spotlight on the activities and impacts of CDFIs

Inside Community Finance

Our flagship publication throwing a spotlight on the activities and impacts of CDFIs

A new vision for community finance

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.

Mind the Finance Gap – Evidencing demand for community finance

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.