$481,000 in Funding Available to Eligible Low-Income Credit Unions
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Jan. 22, 2014) – The National Credit Union Administration will accept applications for its first technical assistance grant round beginning Feb. 3. Low-income designated credit unions can individually receive up to $16,500 in funding for three grant categories:
“These technical assistance grants will help America’s low-income credit unions remain viable and respond to the evolving needs of their members,” NCUA Board Chairman Debbie Matz said. “I encourage all eligible credit unions to apply.”
NCUA will provide $481,000 in total funding during this grant round. The application period runs Feb. 3 through Feb. 14, 2014. Credit unions may apply online here.
In 2014, NCUA will provide $2,500 each to as many as 40 credit unions seeking a CDFI certification. Certified CDFIs may apply for funding from the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund. The CDFI Fund provides funding for financial institutions serving low-income people and communities that lack adequate access to affordable financial products and services. The CDFI Fund awarded $184 million to CDFIs in 2013.
For the new product grant category, credit unions may apply for first-year funding for one of the following nine products:
- First ATM
- Online banking
- Mobile banking
- Online loan or membership applications
- Electronic or digital signatures
- Remote deposit capture
- Electronic bill pay
- Debit, prepaid or credit cards
Interested credit unions can use a single application to apply for multiple new product grants. Credit unions are not required to submit estimates and contracts with their applications.
NCUA will also award up to $4,000 to each eligible credit union to hire student interns for the summer of 2014. These internships must be completed by Aug. 31, 2014. Eligible credit unions will be selected by asset size, smallest credit unions first. Credit unions that received student internship funding in 2013 are not eligible for student internship grants in 2014.
Funding for NCUA’s grant initiatives is provided by the Community Development Revolving Loan Fund, a fund created by Congress to support credit unions that serve low-income communities. NCUA’s Office of Small Credit Union Initiatives administers the program.
NCUA’s Office of Small Credit Union Initiatives fosters credit union development and the effective delivery of financial services for small credit unions, new credit unions and credit unions with a low-income designation.
For additional information on NCUA’s grants for low-income credit unions visit the Office of Small Credit Union Initiatives’ microsite here or subscribe to the office’s monthly e-newsletter FOCUS.
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