Grant Opportunities

Application Deadline: December 2nd, 2018

Bank On Fellowship

The CFE Fund’s Bank On Fellowship Program provides 2:1 match funding of up to $45,000 per year for two years to Bank On coalitions to support a full-time staff position (a “Fellow”) to lead their coalition’s activities. As part of this multi-city cohort of local leaders, the CFE Fund provides intensive technical assistance support, training, and resources both individually and to the group. The CFE Fund is currently seeking proposals for a new cohort of Bank On Fellows, and will share best practices from these Fellow’s efforts with the broader Bank On coalition community on a regular basis.

The CFE Fund recently held an informational webinar on the Fellowship opportunity; view the webinar here.

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Rolling Deadline

Bank On Capacity Grant

The CFE Fund’s Bank On Capacity Grant aims to assist leadership of local Bank On coalitions in expanding banking access. The CFE Fund invites proposals from existing local Bank On coalitions; applicants should be coalition leaders, from either city or local government agencies, or nonprofit community organizations working in concert with local government. These capacity building grants support local coalitions in the adoption of the Bank On National Account Standards and for the ongoing operations of local Bank On efforts. The CFE Fund makes Capacity Grants of up to $25,000 on a rolling basis; in their proposal, applicants should commit to a staff member spending at least 50% (0.5 FTE) of their time leading the Bank On coalition. The CFE Fund is accepting applications on a rolling basis.

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Rolling Deadline

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

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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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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