NCUA Announces Credit Unions Can Apply For CDRLF Grants On May 2, 2022

High angle view of credit union executives working on CDRLF grant application

On April 18, 2022, the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) announced eligible low-income credit unions seeking Community Development Revolving Loan Fund (CDRLF) grants in 2022 can begin applying on May 2, 2022, through June 24, 2022.

The CDRLF provides eligible credit unions the resources to provide basic financial services to their members and stimulate economic activities in their communities. This year’s funding initiatives include training, digital services and cybersecurity, credit union mentoring, and underserved outreach.

With more than $1.5 million in funds available, the NCUA will award grants to the most qualified applicants, subject to the availability of funds. The funds fall into the following four categories:

  1. Underserved Outreach (maximum award of $50,000) | Assisting credit unions in expanding their reach to underserved communities and improving the financial well-being of their members
  2. Small Credit Union Mentoring (maximum award of $25,000) | Pairing small credit unions with those that are larger to help mentor them to build capacity and expand service offerings to their members
  3. Digital Services and Cybersecurity (maximum award of $10,000) | Aiding credit unions in the modernization of their information and security systems to protect themselves and members from cyberattacks
  4. Training (maximum award of $5,000) | Strengthening credit unions through succession planning, leadership development, and staff education


How to apply for CDRLF grants

To begin the application process, eligible credit unions must have an active account with the System for Award Management (SAM) and a unique entity identifier number (provided upon registration with SAM). Applications must be submitted through the NCUA’s CyberGrants portal. Eligible credit unions with an existing SAM registration must recertify and maintain an active status annually.

To learn more about grant requirements or the application process, visit the NCUA’s website or contact the NCUA’s Office of Credit Union Resources and Expansion.


Need assistance? Our Financial Institutions Group can help with determining your eligibility and the application process.