Grant Opportunities

Application Deadline: March 6th, 2020

Local Consumer Financial Protection Initiative Opportunity

The CFE Fund seeks proposals from mayoral or county administrations interested in developing a strategic plan for building robust consumer financial protection capabilities within their local government, working to secure a fair consumer financial marketplace. This opportunity is part of the CFE Fund’s national Local Consumer Financial Protection Initiative, which offers administrations a structured approach to identifying critical local consumer issues, convening key stakeholders, and surveying the legal landscape that will inform the development of an actionable strategic plan.

The CFE Fund will select up to five city or county governments to receive an intensive six to nine month technical assistance engagement partnership, along with a $10,000 grant, to begin planning for a local consumer financial protection initiative. Working with the CFE Fund, selected governments will craft a strategic implementation plan based on a series of conversations with local stakeholders, as well as in-depth legal research on statutory authority to engage in consumer protection work. Applications are due by March 6th, 2020.

Please join us for an informational webinar on February 10 at 3 PM EST to learn more about this opportunity. Register now!

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Bank On Funding

The CFE Fund has a number of funding opportunities to support banking access efforts:

Start-Up 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 accepting applications on a rolling basis; please follow the instructions on the “Bank On Funding Pre-Application” form to apply for this grant.

Capacity Grant: The CFE Fund’s Bank On Capacity Grant aims to assist leadership of local Bank On coalitions in expanding banking access by providing capacity support for an existing Bank On coalition that has, or envisions, coalition leadership that is at least half time of that person’s portfolio. 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 is accepting applications on a rolling basis; please follow the instructions on the “Bank On Funding Pre-Application” form at the link to apply for this grant.

Integration Grant: The CFE Fund’s Bank On Integration 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 through programming that makes regular payments (e.g. wages, cash benefits, payments, stipends). The CFE Fund is accepting applications on a rolling basis; please follow the instructions on the “Bank On Funding Pre-Application” form at the link to apply for this grant.

Innovation Grant: The CFE Fund supports a number of innovative local and multi-city efforts to improve banking access. Combined with our robust learning community, lessons learned from these investments provide key insights for the field. The Innovation Fund Grant supports the development of replicable, large-scale ideas that connect underserved populations to certified accounts to enable households to preserve their earnings and build assets. The CFE Fund will make grants 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; please follow the instructions on the “Bank On Funding Pre-Application” form at the link to apply for this grant.

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