The CFE Fund’s national resources and technical assistance support coalitions’ efforts to expand access to safe and affordable accounts.

Account Standards

Working closely with our Bank On National Advisory Board and other key stakeholders, the CFE Fund has released these Bank On National Account Standards. These standards provide local programs with a benchmark for account partnerships with financial institutions, and include both core and recommended features. The Standards were inspired by the 2012 Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s Model Safe Accounts Template.

Wages Connect

The CFE Fund seeks proposals for innovative programmatic approaches to helping unbanked people open safe and affordable accounts when they enter or re-enter the workforce. As part of the Bank On initiative, and building off the success of the Summer Jobs Connect program, Wages Connect will assist local partnerships to connect workers to the financial mainstream. Applicants must manage existing workforce development programs or employment opportunities, and must have identified one or more potential banking partners with accounts certified as meeting the Bank On National Account Standards prior to submitting their application.  Awardees will receive up to $50,000 to support banking access integration into a workforce development/employment program; technical assistance; and the opportunity to attend the CFE Fund’s 2019 Bank On National Conference.

Bank On Startup Grant

The CFE Fund’s Bank On Startup Grant supports new or newly re-launched Bank On Coalitions in laying the foundation and developing the necessary infrastructure for coalition success. These capacity building grants will support local coalitions in the adoption of the Bank On National Account Standards and in launching or relaunching local Bank On initiatives. The CFE Fund is currently accepting applications for this funding opportunity, and will make grants of up to $5,000 on a rolling basis.

Also, stay tuned for new Bank On leadership grant opportunities!

Bank On Innovation Fund

The CFE Fund supports a number of innovative local and multi-city efforts to improve banking access. Combined with our robust learning community, lessons learned from these investments provide key insights for the field. The Innovation Fund Grant supports the development of replicable, large-scale programs that connect underserved populations to certified accounts to enable households to preserve their earnings and build assets. The CFE Fund will make grants of up to $50,000 on a rolling basis to implement programs or pilot projects that test new, innovative methods of reaching underserved markets, particularly through local government service channels – apply now. See past Innovation Fund grants here.

Bank On Fellowship

The CFE Fund’s Bank On Fellowship Program provides match funding of up to $45,000 per year for two years to Bank On coalitions to support a full-time staff position (a “Fellow”) to lead their coalition’s activities. As part of this multi-city cohort of local leaders, the CFE Fund provides intensive technical assistance support, training, and resources both individually and to the group. The CFE Fund will share best practices from these Fellow’s efforts with the broader Bank On coalition community on a regular basis. This Fellowship is possible thanks to the generous support of Wells Fargo.