Need funding ? Join a CDFI Networking Session – Welcome to the City of Fort Worth

Posted on March 17, 2022

Two upcoming virtual networking opportunities will allow attendees to hear from and chat with leaders of CDFIs offering consumer and small business loans:

  • A session on consumer financing (auto credit, mortgage, etc.) will take place at noon on March 29. RSVP online.
  • A session for small businesses will be held at noon on March 30. RSVP online.

In January, Mayor Mattie Parker and other city officials launched a initiative to increase funding for Fort Worth minority-owned businesses, affordable homeownership, rental housing and commercial real estate. The city has committed $3 million to the effort, known as CDFI Friendly Fort Worth.

CDFI Friendly Fort Worth will operate as an intermediary, connecting CDFIs (or Community Development Financial Institutions) with residents, entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations in Fort Worth communities. CDFIs offer flexible capital to fill gaps in underserved communities.

CDFI Friendly Fort Worth expects to see up to $250 million in new CDFI lending over the next five years, more than seven times the amount of CDFI financing Fort Worth has seen in the past 15 years. More than 1,200 CDFIs work in the United States and manage more than $220 billion.

Learn more about the CDFI Fort Worth initiative. Residents and businesses wishing to borrow from CDFI Friendly Fort Worth can also learn more online.

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