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CDFI Funding

Finding funding for your CDFI

The CDFA works to bring funding opportunities to our members. We have developed programmes to enable members to access Regional Growth Fund and Start-Up Loans funding and are working on future initiatives with a range of partners.

We also aim to bring external funding opportunities to the attention of our members. A selection of potential funding sources are listed below, and others are featured in our member newsletter.

The JASMINE Helpdesk is a free online tool allowing users to lodge detailed information requests about: EU funding possibilities, capacity building, European microfinance rules and regulations, technical assistance, client protection and good practice, risk management, strategic planning and any other microfinance-related query.

RBS Inspiring Enterprise
RBS is running a series of funding rounds; grants are available  for those supporting social, women and youth enterprises. It also runs a Microfinance fund, which provides loan finance for social enterprises. CDFIs can apply for loans of between £200,000 and £1m.

Big Local Trust
A fund operated by Community Development Foundation (CDF) has been set up to make investments (grants and loans) of up to £1.5mn, into around 150 areas, investments will span a 10 year period.

European Regional Development Fund
ERDF supports financial instruments (capital risk funds, local development funds, etc.) to support regional and local development and to foster cooperation between towns and regions

CDFI wholesale lending through Unity Trust Bank (ongoing)
Loans to enable Community Development Financial Institutions to gear up against their existing loan portfolio by providing matched funding via loan finance.

Esmee Fairbairn grants (ongoing)
Funding the charitable activities of organisations that have the ideas and ability to achieve change for the better.  Interests include enabling disadvantaged people to participate fully in society.

Nominet Trust
Anyone considering the use of innovative digital technology to reach or support customers may be interested in the Nominet Trust Open Innovation funding programme. This aims to help those with a great idea about how to use digital technology to tackle a social challenge to develop it further.