Grant Opportunities

Application Deadline: November 8th, 2018

Wages Connect

The CFE Fund seeks proposals for innovative programmatic approaches to helping unbanked people open safe and affordable accounts when they start a new job. As part of the CFE Fund’s larger Bank On initiative, and building off the success of the Summer Jobs Connect program, Wages Connect will assist local partnerships to connect workers to the financial mainstream. Applicants must manage existing workforce development programs or employment opportunities, and prior to submitting their application, must have identified one or more potential banking partners with accounts certified as meeting the Bank On National Account Standards that are committed to opening accounts as part of the applicant’s program.  Awardees will receive up to $50,000 to support banking access integration into a workforce development/employment program; technical assistance; and the opportunity to attend the CFE Fund’s 2019 Bank On National Conference.

The CFE Fund is hosting an informational webinar about this grant opportunity on September 27th at 2 PM EST. Register for the webinar here.

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Rolling Deadline

Bank On Innovation Grant

The CFE Fund’s Bank On Innovation Grant supports the development of replicable, large-scale programs that connect underserved populations to certified accounts to enable households to preserve their earnings and build assets. The CFE Fund will make grants of up to $50,000 on a rolling basis to implement programs or pilot projects that test new, innovative methods of reaching underserved markets, particularly through local government service channels.

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Bank On Startup Grant

The CFE Fund’s Bank On Startup Grant supports new or newly re-launched Bank On Coalitions in laying the foundation and developing the necessary infrastructure for coalition success. These capacity building grants will support local coalitions in the adoption of the Bank On National Account Standards and in launching or relaunching local Bank On initiatives. The CFE Fund is currently accepting applications for this funding opportunity, and will make grants of up to $5,000 on a rolling basis.

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Rolling Deadline

Financial Empowerment Center Affiliates Network

With generous support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the CFE Fund is seeking programs interested in joining its Financial Empowerment Center Affiliates Network focused on fostering learning opportunities between a diverse range of entities integrating financial counseling and coaching within government services. The Affiliates Network will bring together cities, counties, states and nonprofit organizations who provide free, one-on-one financial counseling and coaching within the context of government services. The CFE Fund will convene Affiliates both in-person and remotely to further partnerships, highlight best practices, and catalog lessons unique to integrating financial counseling and coaching within local government programs. Please note there is no funding directly associated with Affiliates Network membership, although Affiliate partners remain eligible to apply for FEC-related funding opportunities.

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