CUNA Pledges Support for Fully-Funded CDFI Fund

WASHINGTON – As a strong supporter of programs that help credit unions better serve their members, CUNA pledged to support funding for the U.S. Treasury’s Community Development Institutions (CDFI) Fund, funding for which was eliminated in President Donald Trump’s budget proposal released last week.

The president's budget represents the administration's wish list as Congress enters the appropriations process. Ultimately, Congress will make decisions about funding programs and agencies, and in that process CUNA will encourage Congress, as it has for years, to fully fund the CDFI program and other key credit union priorities.

Credit unions and other financial institutions can be certified CDFIs by the U.S. Treasury if they meet certain requirements, including serving low-income areas. Certified CDFIs are eligible for grants and other awards from the Treasury’s CDFI Fund.

As of Jan. 31, credit unions make up 287 of the 1,075 certified CDFIs nationwide, according to the CDFI Fund.

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