CCLF has been selected to receive an award of $500,000 in unrestricted funds as part of Citi Foundation’s $15 million fund supporting the work of Community Development Financial Institutions. CCLF was among 30 CDFIs awarded nationwide, all selected based on their strong track record of serving small businesses owned by people of color and underserved individuals and communities.
The $15 million fund was deployed by the Citi Foundation from initial net proceeds donated by Citi through its participation in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This funding is a component of Citi and Citi Foundation’s more than $100 million provided to date in support of COVID-19-related community relief and economic recovery efforts globally.
“The global pandemic has exponentially increased the demand on CDFIs across the country to provide critical financial support to small businesses and communities of color,” said Calvin L. Holmes, President, Chicago Community Loan Fund. “The support from Citi Foundation is furnishing and emboldening CDFIs like ours with the flexibility we need to advance our work with these communities during a time of great crisis.”