To provide support to banks, thrifts, and credit unions that lend to small businesses and families in underserved communities, the U.S. Department of the Treasury recently announced the completion of funding under its Community Development Capital Initiative (CDCI).
On February 3, 2010, the Obama Administration announced the creation of the CDCI program under the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act's Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). The CDCI program, which closed ahead of the October 3 expiration of TARP purchasing authority, invests lower-cost capital in CDFIs, which are institutions that target at least 60 percent of their lending and other economic development activities in areas underserved by traditional financial institutions.
"It's a common misconception that TARP funds only went to large Wall Street firms, but the CDCI program is yet another example of how TARP is providing critical assistance to Main Street financial institutions," said Herbert Allison, Treasury Assistant Secretary for Financial Stability. "In communities across our country, CDCI funding is helping to strengthen local financial institutions and deliver credit to small businesses and families."
As part of the overall $570 million in CDCI investments made since the inception of that program, Treasury last week completed a final round of CDCI investments, which provided $312 million in funds to 38 CDFIs.
CDCI investments are made at a dividend rate of 2 percent. To encourage repayment, while recognizing the unique circumstances facing CDFIs, the dividend rate under CDCI will increase to 9 percent after eight years.
"Community development financial institutions have been at the forefront of the efforts to fight the economic recession in our nation's low-income communities," said Donna J. Gambrell, Director of Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund.
"At a time when many financial institutions have pulled back, CDFIs have actually increased their lending and investments in underserved communities," Gambrell said. "These CDCI investments will enable community banks, thrifts, and credit unions to spur economic development in the communities that have been hit hardest by the economic downturn."