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.
See a new short film about the work of Enterprise Answers and Eden District Council to support local small businesses
Congratulations to CDFA member Scotcash, recognised for its commitment to fostering financial inclusion and access to mainstream financial services for disadvantaged people
What would make your community a better place: a vibrant high street, more jobs, improved services, green spaces and a thriving local pub?
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
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.