Grant Opportunities

Application Deadline: August 20th, 2018

Financial Empowerment Center Initiative Planning Cohort

Under the national platform FEC Public, local governments across the country are turning to professional, one-on-one financial counseling as a public service. The CFE Fund is now accepting applications for a 2018 Financial Empowerment Center (FEC) Planning Cohort of up to 15 local governments, looking to bring the FEC model of free, professional, one-on-one financial counseling to their residents. Selected local government partners will receive up to $20,000 and significant technical assistance for 6-12 months to design and prepare for the launch of a FEC. The CFE Fund will invite successful planning cohort grantees to apply for an implementation matching grant at the conclusion of this planning period. For more information about this opportunity, register for our informational webinar on July 19, 2018 at 3 PM EST.
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Understanding Client Retention for Financial Counseling

To better understand how to enhance client retention at municipal Financial Empowerment Centers (FECs), the CFE Fund seeks an experienced consultant to design and conduct qualitative research on retention strategies at municipal FECs.  This research will inform CFE Fund resources to help FECs increase client retention and the number of return sessions per client. Applicants should submit a brief proposal, addressing the research questions outlined in the RFP, the proposed scope of work, project cost and timeline, and relevant experience.

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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 Capacity Grant Fund

The CFE Fund’s Bank On Capacity Grant Fund, with seed support from JPMorgan Chase & Co., aims to assist leadership of local Bank On coalitions in expanding banking access. The CFE Fund invites proposals from existing or new local Bank On coalitions; applicants should be coalition leaders, either from city or local government agencies, or nonprofit community organizations working in concert with local government. These capacity building grants will support local coalitions in the adoption of the Bank On National Account Standards (2017-2018) and in support of the ongoing operations of local Bank On initiatives. The CFE Fund will make grants of up to $10,000 on a rolling basis.

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Bank On Renewal Capacity Grant

The CFE Fund invites current and past Bank On Capacity Grant recipients to apply for the Bank On Renewal Capacity Grant for grants of up to $20,000 to continue and expand successful local Bank On efforts. Please note that this renewal grant is only open to current or past Bank On Capacity Grant recipients.

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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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