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.
Outstanding entrepreneurs and community lenders celebrated at national awards for their achievements in creating jobs, services and prosperity in their communities
Proposal to use £200m of fines on banks and payday lenders to create a Community Finance Foundation to help ethical alternatives to high-cost credit expand their reach and improve their sustainability
British Business Bank to commission report into sustainability of CDFI sector, to attract more commercial investment
Finance is reaching deprived neighbourhoods unserved by banks, new CDFA research shows
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.
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.