Grant Opportunities

Application Deadline: September 14th, 2020

CityStart

The CFE Fund’s CityStart initiative, with seed support from JPMorgan Chase & Co., offers City and County leaders and their administrations a structured approach to identify financial empowerment goals, convene stakeholders for sustainable success, develop actionable strategies, and ultimately craft an actionable blueprint rooted in local insights and opportunities. The CFE Fund will select city or county partners to receive an intensive six-month technical assistance engagement partnership, along with a $25,000 planning grant. Selected cities, working with the CFE Fund, will first engage in a comprehensive landscape analysis process to identify key stakeholders, assess financial empowerment issues, including those related to COVID-19, and identify and review related data. Then, based on findings from the landscape analysis and stakeholder engagement phase, each locality will work with the CFE Fund on developing an actionable municipal financial empowerment blueprint focused on key local needs and priorities, including addressing the financial impact of COVID-19 on residents. CityStart cities have historically leveraged their engagement with the CFE Fund to further their commitment to this work. The CFE Fund will be hosting an informational webinar on August 11, 2020 at 2 p.m. EST – click here to sign up for the webinar.

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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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