The National Credit Union Administration announced it has distributed more than $1.8 million in grants to help 251 low-income credit unions expand digital services to underserved communities, provide leadership training, and improve cybersecurity.

The agency noted it received applications from a total of 328 credit unions for more than $2.4 million.

In this round, the NCUA awarded grants in three initiative areas: digital services and security, leadership development and small low-income credit union capacity.

For digital services and security, the NCUA awarded 151 grants, totaling $1,065,395, to help credit unions expand financial access to underserved communities through digital products and to help credit unions do a better job of protecting members’ information.

For leadership development, the NCUA awarded 57 grants, totaling $504,190, to help credit unions provide leadership training to staff.

For small low-income credit union capacity, the NCUA awarded 43 grants, totaling $283,500, to help credit unions improve technology systems designed to enhance their capacity to serve low-income members.


A list of grantees is available on the NCUA’s Office of Small Credit Union Initiatives’ grants information page.

The Office of Small Credit Union Initiatives administers the grant funding provided by the Community Development Revolving Loan Fund, which offers grants and loans to credit unions serving low-income communities.

Congress established the fund to provide grants and loans to credit unions serving low-income communities. Since 2001, Congress has provided the NCUA with more than $18.8 million for these grants.

Earlier this year, the Trump administration had seriously considered scrapping the program, but CDFI advocates successfully lobbied for a reprieve.

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