Funding Opportunity Title: Notice of Allocation Availability (NOAA) Inviting Applications for the CY 2012 Allocation Round of the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program, 43418-43428 [2012-17602]

Download as PDF 43418 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 142 / Tuesday, July 24, 2012 / Notices not it is related to an episode of hypoglycemia; (3) that each individual provide a copy of the ophthalmologist’s or optometrist’s report to the medical examiner at the time of the annual medical examination; and (4) that each individual provide a copy of the annual medical certification to the employer for retention in the driver’s qualification file, or keep a copy in his/her driver’s qualification file if he/she is selfemployed. The driver must also have a copy of the certification when driving, for presentation to a duly authorized Federal, State, or local enforcement official. Conclusion sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Based upon its evaluation of the 22 exemption applications, FMCSA exempts Jack D. Alt (NH), Hallie L. Ayers (AR), Tony O. Billman (PA), Tracy M. Dowton (MT), Anil D. Gharmalkar (KS), Larry A. Hamilton (MO), Gregory S. Heun (OK), Irene M. Howard (UT), Allen K. 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If the exemption is still effective at the end of the 2-year period, the person may apply to FMCSA for a renewal under procedures in effect at that time. Issued on: July 18, 2012. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. [FR Doc. 2012–17976 Filed 7–23–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 21:06 Jul 23, 2012 Jkt 226001 DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Community Development Financial Institutions Fund Funding Opportunity Title: Notice of Allocation Availability (NOAA) Inviting Applications for the CY 2012 Allocation Round of the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program Announcement Type: Announcement of NMTC allocation availability. Electronic applications must be received by 5 p.m. ET on September 12, 2012. Applications sent by mail, facsimile or other form will not be accepted. Please note the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) will only accept applications and attachments (i.e., the CDE’s authorized representative signature page, the Controlling Entity’s representative signature page, investor letters and organizational charts) in electronic form (see Section IV.D. of this NOAA for more details). Applications must meet all eligibility and other requirements and deadlines, as applicable, set forth in this NOAA. NMTC allocation applicants that are not yet certified as Community Development Entities (CDEs) must submit an application for CDE certification that is postmarked on or before August 3, 2012 (see Section III of this NOAA for more details). Executive Summary: This NOAA is issued in connection with the calendar year 2012 allocation round of the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program, as initially authorized by Title I, subtitle C, section 121 of the Community Renewal Tax Relief Act of 2000 (Pub. L. 106–554) and amended by section 221 of the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 (Pub. L. 108–357), section 101 of the Gulf Opportunity Zone Act of 2005 (Pub. L. 108–357), Division A, section 102 of the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 (Pub. L. 109–432), and section 733 of the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 (the Act). Through the NMTC Program, the CDFI Fund provides authority to CDEs to offer an incentive to investors in the form of tax credits over seven years, which is expected to stimulate the provision of private investment capital that, in turn, will facilitate economic and community development in Low-Income Communities. Through this NOAA, the CDFI Fund announces, subject to Congressional authorization, the availability of up to $5 billion of NMTC investment authority. DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00191 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 In this NOAA, the CDFI Fund specifically addresses how an entity may apply to receive an allocation of NMTCs, the competitive procedure through which NMTC allocations will be made, and the actions that will be taken to ensure that proper allocations are made to appropriate entities. I. Allocation Availability Description A. Programmatic changes from CY 2011 round: 1. Allocation amounts: As described in Section IIA, the CDFI Fund anticipates that it will provide NMTC allocation awards for not more than $100 million of allocation per Allocatee. 2. Prior QEI Issuance Requirements: In order to be eligible to apply for NMTC allocations in the CY 2012 round, as described in Section III.A.2(a), applicants that have received NMTC allocation awards in previous rounds are required to meet minimum Qualified Equity Investment (QEI) issuance thresholds with respect to their prioryear allocations. These thresholds have been revised in comparison to the CY 2011 NOAA. 3. Updated eligibility data on LowIncome Communities. As of May 1, 2012, CDEs will be able to use the 2006– 2010 American Community Survey (ACS) eligibility data to determine if Qualified Low Income Community Investments (QLICIs) are located in NMTC-eligible 2010 census tracts. The ACS has replaced the decennial Census long form data as the source of tractlevel data on income and poverty for all states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. The income and poverty data provided by the 2006–2010 ACS data determines whether the 2010 census tracts will qualify as NMTC-eligible Low-Income Communities. Updating Low-Income Community eligibility ensures the CDFI Fund’s NMTC Program will continue to effectively target Low-Income Communities based on the most current information. Additionally, the 2006–2010 ACS eligibility data will define NonMetropolitan Counties as counties not contained within a Metropolitan Statistical Area, as such term is defined in OMB Bulletin No. 10–02 (Update of Statistical Area Definitions and Guidance on Their Uses) and applied to the 2010 census tracts. Timeline for Using NMTC Program Eligibility Data: CDEs that have been awarded allocation authority in the CY 2011 round or earlier and have QLICIs that are closed before May 1, 2012 must use 2000 Census data for determining eligibility. QLICIs closed between May 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013 may use either 2000 Census data or 2006–2010 E:\FR\FM\24JYN1.SGM 24JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 142 / Tuesday, July 24, 2012 / Notices sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES ACS data for determining eligibility. QLICIs closed on or after July 1, 2013 must use 2006–2010 ACS data for determining eligibility. The CDFI Fund will continue to use 20 percent as the appropriate benchmark for ensuring a proportional allocation of QLICIs in Non-Metropolitan areas. 4. An organization that is certified by the CDFI Fund as a Subsidiary CDE will not be permitted to submit an allocation application under this NOAA. B. Program guidance and regulations: This NOAA provides guidance for the application and allocation of NMTCs for the CY 2012 round of the NMTC Program and should be read in conjunction with: (i) Guidance published by the CDFI Fund on how an entity may apply to become certified as a CDE (66 Federal Register 65806, December 20, 2001); (ii) the final regulations issued by the Internal Revenue Service (26 CFR 1.45D–1, published on December 28, 2004), as amended and related guidance, notices and other publications; and (iii) the application and related materials for the CY 2012 NMTC Program allocation round. All such materials may be found on the CDFI Fund’s Web site at http:// www.cdfifund.gov. The CDFI Fund encourages applicants to review these documents. Capitalized terms used, but not defined, in this NOAA shall have the respective meanings assigned to them in the allocation application, IRC § 45D or the IRS regulations. In the event of any inconsistency between the allocation application, IRC § 45D or the IRS regulations, the provisions of IRC § 45D and the IRS regulations shall govern. II. Allocation Information A. Allocation amounts: Pursuant to the Act, the CDFI Fund expects that it may allocate to CDEs the authority to issue to their investors up to the aggregate amount of $5.0 billion in equity as to which NMTCs may be claimed, as permitted under IRC § 45D(f)(1)(D). Pursuant to this NOAA, the CDFI Fund anticipates that it will not issue more than $100 million in tax credit investment authority per Allocatee. The CDFI Fund, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to allocate amounts in excess of or less than the anticipated maximum allocation amount should the CDFI Fund deem it appropriate. In order to receive an allocation in excess of the $100 million cap, an applicant, at a minimum, will need to demonstrate that: (i) No part of its strategy can be successfully implemented without an allocation in excess of the applicable cap; and/or (ii) its strategy will produce extraordinary VerDate Mar<15>2010 21:06 Jul 23, 2012 Jkt 226001 community outcomes. The CDFI Fund reserves the right to allocate NMTC authority to any, all, or none of the entities that submit an application in response to this NOAA, and in any amount it deems appropriate. B. Types of awards: NMTC Program awards are made in the form of allocations of tax credit investment authority. C. Allocation Agreement: Each Allocatee under this NOAA must sign an Allocation Agreement, which must be countersigned by the CDFI Fund, before the NMTC allocation is effective. The Allocation Agreement contains the terms and conditions of the allocation. For further information, see Section VI of this NOAA. III. Eligibility A. Eligible applicants: IRC § 45D specifies certain eligibility requirements that each applicant must meet to be eligible to apply for an allocation of NMTCs. The following sets forth additional detail and certain additional dates that relate to the submission of applications under this NOAA for the available NMTC investment authority. 1. CDE certification: For purposes of this NOAA, the CDFI Fund will not consider an application for an allocation of NMTCs unless: (a) The applicant is certified as a CDE at the time the CDFI Fund receives its NMTC Program allocation application; or (b) the applicant submits an application for certification as a CDE that is postmarked on or before August 3, 2012. Applicants for certification may obtain a CDE certification application through the CDFI Fund’s Web site at http:// www.cdfifund.gov. Applications for CDE certification must be submitted as instructed in the application form. An applicant that is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) or a Specialized Small Business Investment Company (SSBIC) does not need to submit a CDE certification application; however, it must register as a CDE on the CDFI Fund’s Web site on or before 5 p.m. ET on August 3, 2012. See Section IV.D.1(b) of this NOAA for further requirements relating to postmarks. The CDFI Fund will not provide NMTC allocation authority to applicants that are not certified as CDEs or to entities that are certified as Subsidiary CDEs. If an applicant that has already been certified as a CDE wishes to change its designated CDE service area, it must submit its request for such a change to the CDFI Fund, and the request must be received by the CDFI Fund by 5:00 p.m. ET on August 3, 2012. The CDE service PO 00000 Frm 00192 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 43419 area change request must be sent from the applicant’s authorized representative and include the applicable CDE control number, the revised service area designation, and an updated accountability chart that reflects representation from Low-Income Communities in the revised service area. The service area change request must be sent by email to ccme@cdfi.treas.gov. 2. Prior awardees or Allocatees: Applicants must be aware that success in a prior round of any of the CDFI Fund’s programs is not indicative of success under this NOAA. For purposes of this section, the CDFI Fund will consider an Affiliate to be any entity that meets the definition of Affiliate as defined in the NMTC allocation application materials, or any entity otherwise identified as an Affiliate by the applicant in its NMTC allocation application materials. Prior awardees of any CDFI Fund program are eligible to apply under this NOAA, except as follows: (a) Prior Allocatees and Qualified Equity Investment (QEI) issuance requirements: The following describes the QEI issuance requirements applicable to prior Allocatees. A prior Allocatee in the CY 2006 round of the NMTC Program is not eligible to receive a NMTC allocation pursuant to this NOAA unless the Allocatee is able to affirmatively demonstrate that, as of 11:59 p.m. ET on October 31, 2012, it has issued and received funds in-hand from its investors for at least 95 percent of its QEIs relating to its CY 2006 NMTC allocation. A prior Allocatee in the CY 2007 round of the NMTC Program is not eligible to receive a NMTC allocation pursuant to this NOAA unless the Allocatee is able to affirmatively demonstrate that, as of 11:59 p.m. ET on October 31, 2012, it has: (i) Issued and received funds in-hand from its investors for at least 80 percent of its QEIs relating to its CY 2007 NMTC allocation; or (ii) issued and received funds in-hand from its investors for at least 70 percent of its QEIs and that at least 100 percent of its total CY 2007 NMTC allocation has been exchanged for funds in-hand from investors, or has been committed by its investors. A prior Allocatee in the CY 2008 round of the NMTC Program is not eligible to receive a NMTC allocation pursuant to this NOAA unless the Allocatee is able to affirmatively demonstrate that, as of 11:59 p.m. ET on October 31, 2012, it has: (i) Issued and received funds in-hand from its investors for at least 70 percent of its QEIs relating to its CY 2008 NMTC E:\FR\FM\24JYN1.SGM 24JYN1 sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 43420 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 142 / Tuesday, July 24, 2012 / Notices allocation; or (ii) issued and received funds in-hand from its investors for at least 60 percent of its QEIs and that at least 80 percent of its total CY 2008 NMTC allocation has been exchanged for funds in-hand from investors, or has been committed by its investors. A prior Allocatee in the CY 2009 round of the NMTC Program is not eligible to receive a NMTC allocation pursuant to this NOAA unless the Allocatee is able to affirmatively demonstrate that, as of 11:59 p.m. ET on October 31, 2012, it has: (i) Issued and received funds in-hand from its investors for at least 60 percent of its QEIs relating to its CY 2009 NMTC allocation; or (ii) issued and received funds in-hand from its investors for at least 50 percent of its QEIs and that at least 80 percent of its total CY 2009 NMTC allocation has been exchanged for funds in-hand from investors, or has been committed by its investors. A prior Allocatee (with the exception of a Rural CDE Allocatee) in the CY 2010 round of the NMTC Program is not eligible to receive a NMTC allocation pursuant to this NOAA unless the Allocatee is able to affirmatively demonstrate that, as of 11:59 p.m. ET on October 31, 2012, it has: (i) Issued and received funds in-hand from its investors for at least 50 percent of its QEIs relating to its CY 2010 NMTC allocation; or (ii) issued and received funds in-hand from its investors for at least 40 percent of its QEIs and that at least 60 percent of its total CY 2010 NMTC allocation has been exchanged for funds in-hand from investors, or has been committed by its investors. A prior Rural CDE Allocatee in the CY 2010 is not eligible to receive a NMTC allocation pursuant to this NOAA unless the Allocatee can demonstrate that, as of 11:59 p.m. ET on October 31, 2012, it has: (i) issued and received funds in-hand from its investors for at least 30 percent of its QEIs relating to its CY 2010 NMTC allocation. A prior Allocatee (with the exception of a Rural CDE Allocatee) in the CY 2011 round of the NMTC Program is not eligible to receive a NMTC allocation pursuant to this NOAA unless the Allocatee is able to affirmatively demonstrate that, as of 11:59 p.m. ET on October 31, 2012, it has: (i) Issued and received funds in-hand from its investors for at least 30 percent of its QEIs relating to its CY 2011 NMTC allocation; or (ii) issued and received funds in-hand from its investors for at least 20 percent of its QEIs and that at least 50 percent of its total CY 2011 NMTC allocation has been exchanged for funds in-hand from investors, or has been committed by its investors. A VerDate Mar<15>2010 21:06 Jul 23, 2012 Jkt 226001 Rural CDE is not required to meet the above QEI issuance and commitment thresholds with regard to its CY 2011 NMTC allocation award. In addition to the requirements described above, an entity is not eligible to receive a NMTC allocation pursuant to this NOAA if an Affiliate of the applicant is a prior Allocatee and has not met the requirements for the issuance and/or commitment of QEIs as set forth above for the Allocatees in the prior allocation rounds of the NMTC Program. Notwithstanding the above, if an applicant has received multiple NMTC allocation awards between the CY 2006 and the CY 2011, the applicant shall be deemed to be eligible to apply for a NMTC allocation pursuant to this NOAA if the applicant is able to affirmatively demonstrate that, as of 11:59 p.m. ET on October 31, 2012, it has issued and received funds in-hand from its investors for at least 90 percent of its QEIs relating to its cumulative allocation amounts from these prior NMTC Program rounds. Rural CDEs that received allocations under the CY 2010 round may choose to exclude such allocations from this cumulative calculation, provided that the Allocatee has issued and received funds in-hand from its investors for at least 20 percent of its QEIs relating to its CY 2010 allocation. Rural CDEs that received allocations under the CY 2011 round may choose to exclude such allocation from this cumulative calculation. For purposes of this section of the NOAA, the CDFI Fund will only recognize as ‘‘issued’’ those QEIs that have been finalized in the CDFI Fund’s Allocation Tracking System (ATS) by the deadlines specified above. Allocatees and their Subsidiary transferees, if any, are advised to access ATS to record each QEI that they issue to an investor in exchange for funds inhand. For purposes of this section of the NOAA, ‘‘committed’’ QEIs are only those Equity Investments that are evidenced by a written, signed document in which an investor: (i) Commits to make an investment in the Allocatee in a specified amount and on specified terms; (ii) has made an initial disbursement of the investment proceeds to the Allocatee, and such initial disbursement has been recorded in ATS as a QEI; (iii) commits to disburse the remaining investment proceeds to the Allocatee based on specified amounts and payment dates; and (iv) commits to make the final disbursement to the Allocatee no later than October 31, 2014. The applicant will be required, upon notification from the CDFI Fund, to PO 00000 Frm 00193 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 submit adequate documentation to substantiate the required issuances of and commitments for QEIs. Applicants should be aware that these QEI issuance requirements represent the minimum threshold requirements that must be met in order to submit an application for assistance under this NOAA. As stated in Section V.B.2 of this NOAA, the CDFI Fund reserves the right to reject an application and/or adjust award amounts as appropriate based on information obtained during the review process—including an applicant’s track record of raising QEIs and/or deploying its QLICIs. Prior Allocatees that require any action by the CDFI Fund (i.e., certifying a subsidiary entity as a CDE; adding a subsidiary CDE to an Allocation Agreement; etc.) in order to meet the QEI issuance requirements above must submit their Certification Application for subsidiary CDEs by no later than August 1, 2012 and Allocation Agreement Amendment requests by no later than October 2, 2012 in order to guarantee that the CDFI Fund completes all necessary approvals prior to October 31, 2012. Applicants for certification may obtain a CDE certification application through the CDFI Fund’s Web site at http://www.cdfifund.gov. Applications for CDE certification must be submitted as instructed in the application form. (b) Failure to meet reporting requirements: The CDFI Fund will not consider an application submitted by an applicant if the applicant or any of its Affiliates is a prior CDFI Fund awardee or Allocatee under any CDFI Fund program and is not current on the reporting requirements set forth in a previously executed assistance, allocation or award agreement(s), as of the application deadline of this NOAA. Please note that automated systems employed by the CDFI Fund for receipt of reports submitted electronically typically acknowledge only a report’s receipt; such acknowledgment does not warrant that the report received was complete and therefore met reporting requirements. (c) Pending resolution of noncompliance: If an applicant is a prior awardee or Allocatee under any CDFI Fund program and if: (i) It has submitted complete and timely reports to the CDFI Fund that demonstrate noncompliance with a previous assistance, award or Allocation Agreement; and (ii) the CDFI Fund has yet to make a final determination as to whether the entity is in default of its previous assistance, award or Allocation Agreement, the CDFI Fund will consider the applicant’s application under this E:\FR\FM\24JYN1.SGM 24JYN1 sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 142 / Tuesday, July 24, 2012 / Notices NOAA pending full resolution of the noncompliance, in the sole determination of the CDFI Fund. Further, if an Affiliate of the applicant is a prior CDFI Fund awardee or Allocatee and if such entity: (i) Has submitted complete and timely reports to the CDFI Fund that demonstrate noncompliance with a previous assistance, award or Allocation Agreement; and (ii) the CDFI Fund has yet to make a final determination as to whether the entity is in default of its previous assistance, award or Allocation Agreement, the CDFI Fund will consider the applicant’s application under this NOAA pending full resolution of the noncompliance, in the sole determination of the CDFI Fund. Notwithstanding the above, any applicant or Affiliate that is a prior Allocatee that is in non-compliance with section 3.2(e) of its Allocation Agreement at the time of the application deadline, but otherwise meets the QEI Issuance in section A.2(a) above, must be compliant with Section 3.2(e) of its Allocation Agreement by 11:59 p.m. ET on December 31, 2012. (d) Default Status: The CDFI Fund will not consider an application submitted by an applicant that is a prior CDFI Fund awardee or Allocatee under any CDFI Fund program if, as of the application deadline of this NOAA: (i) The CDFI Fund has made a determination that such Applicant is in default of a previously executed assistance, allocation, or award agreement; (ii) the CDFI Fund has provided written notification of such determination to the Applicant; and (iii) the application date of the NOAA is within a period of time specified in such notification throughout which any new application from the applicant to the CDFI Fund for an award, allocation, or assistance is prohibited. Further, the CDFI Fund will not consider an application submitted by an applicant for which there is an Affiliate that is a prior awardee or Allocatee under any CDFI Fund Program if, as of the application deadline of this NOAA: (i) The CDFI Fund has made a determination that such Affiliate is in default of a previously executed assistance, allocation, or award agreement; (ii) the CDFI Fund has provided written notification of such determination to the Affiliate; and (iii) the application date of the NOAA is within a period of time specified in such notification throughout which any new application from the Affiliate to the CDFI Fund for an award, allocation, or assistance is prohibited. (e) Undisbursed award funds: The CDFI Fund will not consider an VerDate Mar<15>2010 21:06 Jul 23, 2012 Jkt 226001 application submitted by an applicant that is a prior awardee under any CDFI Fund program if the applicant has a balance of undisbursed award funds (defined below) under said prior award(s), as of the applicable application deadline of this NOAA. Furthermore, an entity is not eligible to apply for an award pursuant to this NOAA if an Affiliate of the applicant is a prior awardee under any CDFI Fund program, and has a balance of undisbursed award funds under said prior award(s), as of the applicable application deadline of this NOAA. In a case where an Affiliate of the applicant is a prior awardee under any CDFI Fund program and has a balance of undisbursed award funds under said prior award(s) as of the applicable application deadline of this NOAA, the CDFI Fund will include the combined awards of the Applicant and such Affiliated entities when calculating the amount of undisbursed award funds. For purposes of the calculation of undisbursed award funds for the Bank Enterprise Award (BEA) Program, only awards made to the applicant (and any Affiliates) three to five calendar years prior to the end of the calendar year of the application deadline of this NOAA are included (‘‘includable BEA awards’’). Thus, for purposes of this NOAA, undisbursed BEA Program award funds are the amount of FYs 2007, 2008, 2009 awards that remain undisbursed as of the application deadline of this NOAA. For purposes of the calculation of undisbursed award funds for the CDFI Program and the Native Initiatives (NI), only awards made to the Applicant (and any entity that Controls the Applicant, is Controlled by the Applicant or shares common management officials with the Applicant, as determined by the CDFI Fund) two to five calendar years prior to the end of the calendar year of the application deadline of this NOAA are included (‘‘includable CDFI/NI awards’’). Thus, for purposes of this NOAA, undisbursed CDFI Program and NI awards are the amount of FYs 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 awards that remain undisbursed as of the application deadline of this NOAA. To calculate total includable BEA/ CDFI/NI awards: amounts that are undisbursed as of the application deadline of this NOAA cannot exceed five percent (5%) of the total includable awards. Please refer to an example of this calculation in the 2012 Allocation Application Q&A document, available on the CDFI Fund’s Web site. The ‘‘undisbursed award funds’’ calculation does not include: (i) NMTC allocation authority; (ii) any award PO 00000 Frm 00194 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 43421 funds for which the CDFI Fund received a full and complete disbursement request from the awardee by the applicable application deadline of this NOAA; (iii) any award funds for an award that has been terminated, in writing, by the CDFI Fund or deobligated by the CDFI Fund; or (iv) any award funds for an award that does not have a fully executed assistance or award agreement. The CDFI Fund strongly encourages Applicants requesting disbursements of ‘‘undisbursed funds’’ from prior awards to provide the CDFI Fund with a complete disbursement request at least 30 business days prior to the application deadline of this NOAA. (f) Contact the CDFI Fund: Accordingly, Applicants that are prior awardees and/or Allocatees under any other CDFI Fund program are advised to: (i) Comply with the requirements specified in assistance, allocation and/ or award agreement(s), and (ii) contact the CDFI Fund to ensure that all necessary actions are underway for the disbursement of any outstanding balance of a prior award(s). All outstanding reports and compliance questions should be directed to the Compliance Manager by email at ccme@cdfi.treas.gov, by telephone at (202) 622–6330. All disbursement questions should be directed to the Charles McGee, Senior Program Analyst by telephone at 202–622–8453 or via email at mcgeec@cdfi.treas.gov. Requests submitted less than thirty calendar days prior to the application deadline may not receive a response before the application deadline. The CDFI Fund will respond to Applicants’ reporting, compliance or disbursement questions between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, starting the date of publication of this NOAA through September 10, 2012 (two days before the application deadline). The CDFI Fund will not respond to Applicants’ reporting, compliance, CDE certification or disbursement phone calls or email inquiries that are received after 5 p.m. ET on September 10, 2012 until after the funding application deadline of September 12, 2012. 3. Entities that propose to transfer NMTCs to Subsidiaries: Both for-profit and non-profit CDEs may apply for NMTC allocation authority, but only a for-profit CDE is permitted to provide NMTCs to its investors. A non-profit applicant wishing to apply for a NMTC allocation must demonstrate, prior to entering into an Allocation Agreement with the CDFI Fund, that: (i) it controls one or more Subsidiaries that are forprofit entities; and (ii) it intends to E:\FR\FM\24JYN1.SGM 24JYN1 sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 43422 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 142 / Tuesday, July 24, 2012 / Notices transfer the full amount of any NMTC allocation it receives to said Subsidiary. An applicant wishing to transfer all or a portion of its NMTC allocation to a Subsidiary is not required to create the Subsidiary prior to submitting a NMTC allocation application to the CDFI Fund. However, the Subsidiary entities must be certified as CDEs by the CDFI Fund, and enjoined as parties to the Allocation Agreement at closing or by amendment to the Allocation Agreement after closing. Before the NMTC allocation transfer may occur it must be preapproved by the CDFI Fund, in its sole discretion. The CDFI Fund strongly encourages a non-profit applicant to submit a CDE certification application to the CDFI Fund on behalf of the Subsidiary within 60 days after the non-profit applicant receives the draft Allocation Agreement from the CDFI Fund, as such Subsidiary must be certified as a CDE prior to entering into an Allocation Agreement with the CDFI Fund. A non-profit applicant that fails to submit a certification application for one or more for-profit subsidiaries within 60 days of receiving the draft Allocation Agreement from the CDFI Fund is subject to the CDFI Fund rescinding the award. 4. Entities that submit applications together with Affiliates; applications from common enterprises: (a) As part of the allocation application review process, the CDFI Fund considers whether applicants are Affiliates, as such term is defined in the allocation application. If an applicant and its Affiliates wish to submit allocation applications, they must do so collectively, in one application; an applicant and its Affiliates may not submit separate allocation applications. If Affiliated entities submit multiple applications, the CDFI Fund reserves the right either to reject all such applications received or to select a single application as the only application considered for an allocation. In the case of governmental entities, the CDFI Fund may accept applications submitted by Affiliated entities, but only to the extent the CDFI Fund determines that the business strategies and/or activities described in such applications, submitted by separate entities, are distinctly dissimilar and are operated and/or managed by distinctly dissimilar boards and staff, including identified consultants. In such cases, the CDFI Fund reserves the right to limit award amounts to such entities to ensure that the entities do not collectively receive more than the $100 million cap. VerDate Mar<15>2010 21:06 Jul 23, 2012 Jkt 226001 For purposes of this NOAA, in addition to assessing whether applicants meet the definition of the term ‘‘Affiliate’’ found in the allocation application, the CDFI Fund will consider: (i) Whether the activities described in applications submitted by separate entities are, or will be, operated and/or managed as a common enterprise that, in fact or effect, may be viewed as a single entity; (ii) whether the applications submitted by separate entities contain significant narrative, textual or other similarities, and (iii) whether the business strategies and/or activities described in applications submitted by separate entities are so closely related, in fact or effect, they may be viewed as substantially identical applications. In such cases, the CDFI Fund reserves the right either to reject all applications received from all such entities; to select a single application as the only one that will be considered for an allocation; and, in the event that an Application is selected to receive an allocation award, to deem certain activities ineligible. These requirements shall apply to all applicants, including those that are Affiliated with governmental entities. (b) Furthermore, an applicant that receives an allocation in this allocation round (or its Subsidiary transferee) may not become an Affiliate of or member of a common enterprise (as defined above) with another applicant that receives an allocation in this allocation round (or its Subsidiary transferee) at any time after the submission of an allocation application under this NOAA. This prohibition, however, generally does not apply to entities that are commonly Controlled solely because of common ownership by QEI investors. This requirement will also be a term and condition of the Allocation Agreement (see Section VI.B of this NOAA and additional application guidance materials on the CDFI Fund’s Web site at http://www.cdfifund.gov for more details). 5. Entities created as a series of funds: An applicant whose business structure consists of an entity with a series of funds may apply for CDE certification as a single entity, or as multiple entities. If such an applicant represents that it is properly classified for Federal tax purposes as a single partnership or corporation, it may apply for CDE certification as a single entity. If an applicant represents that it is properly classified for Federal tax purposes as multiple partnerships or corporations, then it may submit a single CDE certification application on behalf of the entire series of funds, and each fund must be separately certified as a CDE. PO 00000 Frm 00195 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Applicants should note, however, that receipt of CDE certification as a single entity or as multiple entities is not a determination that an applicant and its related funds are properly classified as a single entity or as multiple entities for Federal tax purposes. Regardless of whether the series of funds is classified as a single partnership or corporation or as multiple partnerships or corporations, an applicant may not transfer any NMTC allocations it receives to one or more of its funds unless the transfer is pre-approved by the CDFI Fund, in its sole discretion, which will be a condition of the Allocation Agreement. 6. Entities that are BEA Program awardees: An insured depository institution investor (and its Affiliates and Subsidiaries) may not receive a NMTC allocation in addition to a BEA Program award for the same investment in a CDE. Likewise, an insured depository institution investor (and its Affiliates and Subsidiaries) may not receive a BEA Program award in addition to a NMTC allocation for the same investment in a CDE. IV. Application and Submission Information A. Address to request application package: Applicants must submit applications electronically under this NOAA, through the CDFI Fund Web site. Following the publication of this NOAA, the CDFI Fund will make the electronic allocation application available on its Web site at http:// www.cdfifund.gov. Applications sent by mail, facsimile or other form will not be accepted. Please note the CDFI Fund will only accept the application and attachments (i.e., the Applicant’s authorized representative signature page, the Controlling Entity’s representative signature page, investor letters and organizational charts) in electronic form. B. Application content requirements: Detailed application content requirements are found in the application related to this NOAA. Applicants must submit all materials described in and required by the application by the applicable deadlines. Applicants will not be afforded an opportunity to provide any missing materials or documentation. Electronic applications must be submitted solely by using the format made available at the CDFI Fund’s Web site. Additional information, including instructions relating to the submission of supporting information (i.e., the Applicant’s authorized representative signature page, the Controlling Entity’s representative signature page, investor E:\FR\FM\24JYN1.SGM 24JYN1 sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 142 / Tuesday, July 24, 2012 / Notices letters and organizational charts), is set forth in further detail in the electronic application. An application must include a valid and current Employer Identification Number (EIN) issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and assigned to the applicant and, if applicable, its Controlling Entity. Electronic applications without a valid EIN are incomplete and cannot be transmitted to the CDFI Fund. For more information on obtaining an EIN, please contact the IRS at (800) 829–4933 or www.irs.gov. An applicant may not submit more than one application in response to this NOAA. In addition, as stated in Section III.A.4 of this NOAA, an applicant and its Affiliates must collectively submit only one allocation application; an applicant and its Affiliates may not submit separate allocation applications except as outlined above. Once an application is submitted, an applicant will not be allowed to change any element of its application. C. Form of application submission: Applicants may only submit applications under this NOAA electronically. Applications sent by facsimile or by email will not be accepted. Submission of an electronic application will facilitate the processing and review of applications and the selection of Allocatees; further, it will assist the CDFI Fund in the implementation of electronic reporting requirements. 1. Electronic applications: Electronic applications must be submitted solely by using the CDFI Fund’s Web site and must be sent in accordance with the submission instructions provided in the electronic application form. The CDFI Fund recommends use of Internet Explorer version 8 on Windows XP, and optimally at least a 56Kbps Internet connection in order to meet the electronic application submission requirements. Use of other browsers (i.e., Firefox), other versions of Internet Explorer, or other systems (i.e., Mac) might result in problems during submission of the application. The CDFI Fund’s electronic application system will only permit the submission of applications in which all required questions and tables are fully completed. Additional information, including instructions relating to the submission of supporting information (i.e., the applicant’s authorized representative signature page, the Controlling Entity’s representative signature page, investor letters and organizational charts) is set forth in further detail in the electronic application. VerDate Mar<15>2010 21:06 Jul 23, 2012 Jkt 226001 D. Application submission dates and times: 1. Application deadlines: (a) Electronic applications: must be received by 5:00 p.m. ET on September 12, 2012. Electronic applications cannot be transmitted or received after 5:00 p.m. ET on September 12, 2012. In addition, applicants must separately submit supporting information (i.e., the applicant’s authorized representative signature page, the Controlling Entity’s representative signature page, investor letters and organizational charts) via their myCDFIFund account. The applicant’s authorized representative signature page, the Controlling Entity’s representative signature page, investor letters and organizational charts must be submitted on or before 11:59 p.m. on September 14, 2012. Attachments may not exceed a size limit of 5 megabytes (MB). See application instructions, provided in the electronic application and the 2012 Allocation Application Q&A, for further detail. Applications and other required documents received after this date and time will be rejected. If the applicant’s authorized representative signature page is not received by the deadline specified above, the CDFI Fund reserves the right to reject the application. Please note that the document submission deadlines in this NOAA and/or the allocation application are strictly enforced. (b) Postmark: For purposes of this NOAA, the term ‘‘postmark’’ is defined by 26 CFR 301.7502–1. In general, the CDFI Fund will require that the postmarked document bears a postmark date that is on or before the applicable deadline. The document must be in an envelope or other appropriate wrapper, properly addressed as set forth in this NOAA and delivered by the United States Postal Service or any other private delivery service designated by the Secretary of the Treasury. For more information on designated delivery services, please see IRS Notice 2002–62, 2002–2 C.B. 574. E. Intergovernmental Review: Not applicable. F. Funding Restrictions: For allowable uses of investment proceeds related to a NMTC allocation, please see 26 U.S.C. 45D and the final regulations issued by the Internal Revenue Service (26 CFR 1.45D–1, published December 28, 2004) and related guidance. Please see Section I, above, for the Programmatic Changes of this NOAA. G. Paperwork Reduction: Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. chapter 35), an agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information, and an individual is not required to respond to a collection of information, PO 00000 Frm 00196 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 43423 unless it displays a valid OMB control number. Pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act, the application has been assigned the following control number: 1559–0016. V. Application Review Information There are two parts to the substantive review process for each allocation application: Phase 1 and Phase 2. In Phase 1, the CDFI Fund will evaluate each application, assigning points and numeric scores according to the criteria described below. In Phase 2, the CDFI Fund will rank applicants in accordance with the procedures set forth below. A. Criteria: 1. Business Strategy (25-point maximum): (a) When assessing an applicant’s business strategy, reviewers will consider, among other things: the applicant’s products, services, and investment criteria; the prior performance of the applicant or its Controlling Entity, particularly as it relates to making similar kinds of investments as those it proposes to make with the proceeds of QEIs; the applicant’s prior performance in providing capital or technical assistance to disadvantaged businesses or communities; the projected level of the applicant’s pipeline of potential investments; the extent to which the applicant intends to make Qualified Low-Income Community Investments (QLICIs) in one or more businesses in which persons unrelated to the entity hold a majority equity interest; how NMTCs will enable the applicant to create additional value to its financing activities in Low-Income Communities; and the extent to which applicants that otherwise have notable relationships with the QALICBs financed will create benefits (beyond those created in the normal course of a NMTC transaction) to Low-Income Communities. Under the Business Strategy criterion, an applicant will generally score well to the extent that it will deploy debt or investment capital in products or services which are flexible or nontraditional in form and on better terms than available in the marketplace. An applicant will also score well to the extent that, among other things, it: (i) Has a track record of successfully providing products and services similar to those it intends to use with the proceeds of QEIs; (ii) has identified, or has a process for identifying, potential transactions; (iii) demonstrates a likelihood of issuing QEIs and making the related QLICIs in a time period that is significantly shorter than the 5-year period permitted under IRC § 45D(b)(1); (iv) in the case of an applicant proposing to purchase loans from CDEs, E:\FR\FM\24JYN1.SGM 24JYN1 sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 43424 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 142 / Tuesday, July 24, 2012 / Notices the applicant will require the CDE selling such loans to re-invest the proceeds of the loan sale to provide additional products and services to Low-Income Communities. (b) Priority Points: In addition, as provided by IRC § 45D(f)(2), the CDFI Fund will ascribe additional points to entities that meet one or both of the statutory priorities. First, the CDFI Fund will give up to five (5) additional points to any applicant that has a record of having successfully provided capital or technical assistance to disadvantaged businesses or communities. Second, the CDFI Fund will give five (5) additional points to any applicant that intends to satisfy the requirement of IRC § 45D(b)(1)(B) by making QLICIs in one or more businesses in which persons unrelated (within the meaning of IRC § 267(b) or IRC § 707(b)(1)) to an applicant (or the applicant’s subsidiary CDEs) hold the majority equity interest. Applicants may earn points for one or both statutory priorities. Thus, applicants that meet the requirements of both priority categories can receive up to a total of ten (10) additional points. A record of having successfully provided capital or technical assistance to disadvantaged businesses or communities may be demonstrated either by the past actions of an applicant itself or by its Controlling Entity (i.e., where a new CDE is established by a nonprofit corporation with a history of providing assistance to disadvantaged communities). An applicant that receives additional points for intending to make investments in unrelated businesses and is awarded a NMTC allocation must meet the requirements of IRC § 45D(b)(1)(B) by investing substantially all of the proceeds from its QEIs in unrelated businesses. The CDFI Fund will factor in an applicant’s priority points when ranking applicants during Phase 2 of the review process, as described below. 2. Community Outcomes (25-point maximum): In assessing the potential benefits to Low-Income Communities that may result from the applicant’s proposed investments, reviewers will consider, among other things, the degree to which the applicant is likely to: (a) Achieve significant and measurable community development outcomes in its Low-Income Communities; (b) invest in particularly economically distressed markets: (c) engage with local communities regarding investments; and (d) demonstrate a track record of investing in businesses that spur additional private capital investment in Low-Income Communities. An applicant will generally score well under this section to the extent that: (i) VerDate Mar<15>2010 21:06 Jul 23, 2012 Jkt 226001 it articulates how its strategy is likely to produce significant and measurable community development outcomes that would not be achieved without NMTCs; (ii) it is working in particularly economically distressed or otherwise underserved communities; (iii) its activities are part of a broader neighborhood revitalization strategy; (iv) it ensures that an investment into a project or business is supported by and will be beneficial to the surrounding community; and (v) it is likely to engage in activities that will spur additional private capital investment. 3. Management Capacity (25-point maximum). In assessing an applicant’s management capacity, reviewers will consider, among other things, the qualifications of the applicant’s principals, its board members, its management team, and other essential staff or contractors, with specific focus on: experience in deploying capital or technical assistance, including activities similar to those described in the applicant’s business strategy; asset management and risk management experience; experience with fulfilling compliance requirements of other governmental programs, including other tax programs; and the applicant’s (or its Controlling Entity’s) financial health. Reviewers will also consider the extent to which an applicant has protocols in place to ensure ongoing compliance with NMTC Program requirements and the level of involvement of community representatives in the Governing Board and/or Advisory Board in approving investment criteria or decisions. An applicant will generally score well under this section to the extent that its management team or other essential personnel have experience in: (a) Deploying capital or technical assistance in Low-Income Communities, particularly those likely to be served by the applicant with the proceeds of QEIs; (b) asset and risk management; and (c) fulfilling government compliance requirements, particularly tax credit program compliance. An applicant will also score well to the extent: it demonstrates strong financial health and a high likelihood of remaining a going-concern; has policies and systems in place to ensure ongoing compliance with NMTC Program requirements; has Low-Income Community representatives in the Governing Board and/or Advisory Board that play an active role in designing or implementing its investment criteria and/or decisions; and, if it is a Federally-insured financial institution, its most recent Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) rating was ‘‘outstanding.’’ PO 00000 Frm 00197 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 4. Capitalization Strategy (25-point maximum): When assessing an applicant’s capitalization strategy, reviewers will consider, among other things: the key personnel of the applicant (or Controlling Entity) and their track record of raising capital, particularly from for-profit investors; the extent to which the applicant has secured investments, commitments to invest in NMTC, or indications of investor interest commensurate with its requested amount of tax credit allocations; the applicant’s strategy for identifying additional investors, if necessary, including the applicant’s (or its Controlling Entity’s) prior performance with raising equity from investors, particularly for-profit investors; the distribution of the economic benefits of the tax credit; the extent to which the applicant intends to invest the proceeds from the aggregate amount of its QEIs at a level that exceeds the requirements of IRC § 45D(b)(1)(B) and the IRS regulations; the likelihood the applicant will raise sufficient capital to finance its cost of operations; and the applicant’s timeline for utilizing an NMTC allocation. An applicant will generally score well under this section to the extent that: (a) It has secured investor commitments, or has a reasonable strategy for obtaining such commitments; (b) its request for allocations is commensurate with both the level of QEIs it is likely to raise and its expected investment strategy to deploy funds raised with NMTCs; (c) it generally demonstrates that the economic benefits of the tax credit will be passed through to a QALICB; (d) it is likely to secure capital to finance its cost of operations consistent with the applicant’s overall business strategy and timeline for making investments; and (e) it intends to invest the proceeds from the aggregate amount of its QEIs at a level that exceeds the requirements of IRC § 45D(b)(1)(B) and the IRS regulations. In the case of an applicant proposing to raise investor funds from organizations that also will identify or originate transactions for the applicant or from Affiliated entities, said applicant will score well to the extent that it will offer products with more favorable rates or terms than those currently offered by its investor(s) or Affiliated entities and/or will target its activities to areas of greater economic distress than those currently targeted by the investor or Affiliated entities. B. Review and selection process: All allocation applications will be reviewed for eligibility and completeness. The CDFI Fund may consult with the IRS on the eligibility requirements under IRC § 45D. To be complete, the application E:\FR\FM\24JYN1.SGM 24JYN1 sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 142 / Tuesday, July 24, 2012 / Notices must contain, at a minimum, all information described as required in the application form. An incomplete application will be rejected. Once the application has been determined to be eligible and complete, the CDFI Fund will conduct the substantive review of each application in two parts (Phase 1 and Phase 2) in accordance with the criteria and procedures generally described in this NOAA and the allocation application. 1. Phase 1: Reviewers will evaluate and score each application in the first part of the review process. An applicant must exceed a minimum overall aggregate base score threshold and exceed a minimum aggregate section score threshold in each of the four application sections (Business Strategy, Community Outcomes, Management Capacity, and Capitalization Strategy) in order to advance from the first part of the substantive review process. If, in the case of a particular application, a reviewer’s total base score or section score(s) (in one or more of the four application scored sections), varies significantly from other reviewers’ total base scores or section scores for such application, the CDFI Fund may, in its sole discretion, obtain the comments and recommendations of an additional reviewer to determine whether the anomalous score should be replaced with the score of the additional reviewer. 2. Phase 2: Once the CDFI Fund has determined which applicants have met the required minimum overall aggregate base score and aggregate section score thresholds, the CDFI Fund will rank applicants on the basis of their combined scores in the Business Strategy and Community Outcomes sections of the application and will make adjustments to each applicant’s priority points so that these points maintain the same relative weight in the ranking of applicant scores in Phase 2 as in Phase 1. The CDFI Fund will award allocations in the order of this ‘‘Final Rank Score,’’ subject to applicants’ meeting all other eligibility requirements; provided, however, that the CDFI Fund, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to reject an application and/or adjust award amounts as appropriate based on information obtained during the review process. Most notably, in the cases of applicants (or their Affiliates) that are prior year Allocatees, the CDFI Fund will review the activities of the prior year Allocatee to determine whether the entity has: (a) effectively utilized its prior-year allocations; and (b) substantiated a need for additional allocation authority. VerDate Mar<15>2010 21:06 Jul 23, 2012 Jkt 226001 3. Outstanding Reports: In the case of an applicant, or Affiliates, that has previously received an award or allocation from the CDFI Fund through any CDFI Fund program, the CDFI Fund will deduct points for the applicant’s (or its Affiliate’s) failure to meet the reporting deadlines set forth in any assistance, award or Allocation Agreement(s) with the CDFI Fund during the entity’s two complete fiscal years prior to the application deadline of this NOAA (generally FY 2010 and FY2011). C. Allocations serving NonMetropolitan counties: As provided for under Section 102(b) of the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 (Pub. L. 109–432), the CDFI Fund shall ensure that non-metropolitan counties receive a proportional allocation of Qualified Equity Investments (QEIs) under the NMTC Program. To this end, the CDFI Fund will ensure that the proportion of Allocatees that are Rural CDEs is, at a minimum, equal to the proportion of applicants in the Phase 2 review pool that are Rural CDEs. The CDFI Fund will also endeavor to ensure that 20 percent of the QLICIs to be made using QEI proceeds are invested in NonMetropolitan counties. A Rural CDE is one that has over the past five years dedicated at least 50 percent of its direct financing dollars to Non-Metropolitan counties and has committed that at least 50 percent of its NMTC financing activities will be deployed in such areas. Non-Metropolitan counties are counties not contained within a Metropolitan Statistical Area, as such term is defined in OMB Bulletin No. 10– 02 (Update of Statistical Area Definitions and Guidance on Their Uses) and applied using 2010 census tracts. Applicants that meet the minimum scoring thresholds will be advanced to Phase 2 review and will be provided with ‘‘preliminary’’ awards, in descending order of Final Rank Score, until the available allocation authority is fulfilled. Once these ‘‘preliminary’’ award amounts are determined, the CDFI Fund will then analyze the Allocatee pool to determine whether the two Non-Metropolitan proportionality objectives have been met. The CDFI Fund will first examine the ‘‘preliminary’’ awards and Allocatees to determine whether the percentage of Allocatees that are Rural CDEs is, at a minimum, equal to the percentage of applicants in the Phase 2 review pool that are Rural CDEs. If this objective is not achieved, the CDFI Fund will provide awards to additional Rural CDEs from the Phase 2 pool, in descending order of their Final Rank PO 00000 Frm 00198 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 43425 Score, until the appropriate percentage balance is achieved. In order to accommodate the additional Allocatees within the available allocation limitations, a formula reduction will be applied uniformly to the allocation amount for all Allocatees in the pool. The CDFI Fund will then determine whether the pool of Allocatees will, in the aggregate, invest at least 20 percent of their QLICIs (as measured by dollar amount) in Non-Metropolitan counties. The CDFI Fund will first apply the ‘‘minimum’’ percentage of QLICIs that Allocatees indicated in their applications would be targeted to NonMetropolitan areas to the total allocation award amount of each Allocatee (less whatever percentage the Allocatee indicated would be retained for nonQLICI activities), and total these figures for all Allocatees. If this aggregate total is greater than or equal to 20 percent of the QLICIs to be made by the Allocatees, then the pool is considered balanced and the CDFI Fund will proceed with the allocation process. However, if the aggregate total is less than 20 percent of the QLICIs to be made by the Allocatees, the CDFI Fund will consider requiring any or all of the Allocatees to direct up to the ‘‘maximum’’ percentage of QLICIs that they indicated would be targeted to Non-Metropolitan counties, taking into consideration their track record and ability to deploy dollars in NonMetropolitan counties. If the CDFI Fund cannot meet the goal of 20 percent of QLICIs in Non-Metropolitan counties, the CDFI Fund may add additional Rural CDEs (in descending order of final rank score) to the Allocatee pool. In order to accommodate any additional Allocatees within the allocation limitations, a reduction would be applied, in as uniform a manner as possible, to the allocation amount for all Allocatees in the pool that have not committed to investing at least 20 percent of their QLICIs in NonMetropolitan counties. D. Questions: All outstanding reports or compliance questions should be directed to the Certifications and Compliance Manager by email at ccme@cdfi.treas.gov; by telephone at (202) 622–6330; or by mail to Department of the Treasury, CDFI Fund, 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20005. The CDFI Fund will respond to reporting or compliance questions between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET, starting the date of the publication of this NOAA through September 10, 2012. The CDFI Fund will not respond to reporting or compliance phone calls or email inquiries that are received after 5:00 p.m. ET on September 10, 2012 until E:\FR\FM\24JYN1.SGM 24JYN1 sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 43426 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 142 / Tuesday, July 24, 2012 / Notices after the funding application deadline of September 12, 2012. E. Right of rejection: The CDFI Fund reserves the right to reject any NMTC allocation application in the case of a prior CDFI Fund awardee, if such applicant has failed to comply with the terms, conditions, and other requirements of the prior or existing assistance or award agreement(s) with the CDFI Fund. The CDFI Fund reserves the right to reject any NMTC allocation application in the case of a prior CDFI Fund Allocatee, if such applicant has failed to comply with the terms, conditions, and other requirements of its prior or existing Allocation Agreement(s) with the CDFI Fund. The CDFI Fund reserves the right to reject any NMTC allocation application in the case of any applicant, if an Affiliate of the applicant has failed to meet the terms, conditions and other requirements of any prior or existing assistance agreement, award agreement or Allocation Agreement with the CDFI Fund. The CDFI Fund reserves the right to reject any NMTC allocation application in the case of a prior CDFI Fund Allocatee, if such applicant has failed to use its prior NMTC allocation(s) in a manner that is generally consistent with the business strategy (including, but not limited to, the proposed product offerings and markets served) set forth in the allocation application(s) related to such prior allocation(s). The CDFI Fund also reserves the right to reject any NMTC allocation application in the case of an Affiliate of the applicant that is a prior CDFI Fund Allocatee and has failed to use its prior NMTC allocation(s) in a manner that is generally consistent with the business strategy set forth in the allocation application(s) related to such prior allocation(s). The CDFI Fund reserves the right to reject a NMTC allocation application if information (including administrative errors) comes to the attention of the CDFI Fund that adversely affects an applicant’s eligibility for an award, adversely affects the CDFI Fund’s evaluation or scoring of an application, adversely affects the CDFI Fund’s prior determinations of CDE certification, or indicates fraud or mismanagement on the part of an applicant or the Controlling Entity, if such fraud or mismanagement by the Controlling Entity would hinder the applicant’s ability to perform under the Allocation Agreement. If the CDFI Fund determines that any portion of the application is incorrect in any material respect, the CDFI Fund reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to reject the application. VerDate Mar<15>2010 21:06 Jul 23, 2012 Jkt 226001 As a part of the substantive review process, the CDFI Fund may permit the Allocation Recommendation Panel member(s) to make telephone calls to applicants for the sole purpose of obtaining, clarifying or confirming application information. In no event shall such contact be construed to permit an applicant to change any element of its application. At this point in the process, an applicant may be required to submit additional information about its application in order to assist the CDFI Fund with its final evaluation process. Such requests must be responded to within the time parameters set by the CDFI Fund. The selecting official(s) will make a final allocation determination based on an applicant’s file, including, without limitation, eligibility under IRC § 45D, the reviewers’ scores and the amount of allocation authority available. In the case of applicants (or Affiliates of applicants) that are regulated by the Federal government or a State agency (or comparable entity), the CDFI Fund’s selecting official(s) reserve(s) the right to consult with and take into consideration the views of the appropriate Federal or State banking and other regulatory agencies. In the case of applicants (or Affiliates of applicants) that are also Small Business Investment Companies, Specialized Small Business Investment Companies or New Markets Venture Capital Companies, the CDFI Fund reserves the right to consult with and take into consideration the views of the Small Business Administration. The CDFI Fund reserves the right to conduct additional due diligence, as determined reasonable and appropriate by the CDFI Fund, in its sole discretion, related to the applicant, Affiliates, the applicant’s Controlling Entity and the officers, directors, owners, partners and key employees of each. Each applicant will be informed of the CDFI Fund’s award decision through an electronic notification whether selected for an allocation (see Section VI.A. of this NOAA) or not selected for an allocation, which may be for reasons of application incompleteness, ineligibility or substantive issues. All applicants that are not selected for an allocation based on substantive issues will likely be given the opportunity to obtain feedback on their applications. This feedback will be provided in a format and within a timeframe to be determined by the CDFI Fund, based on available resources. The CDFI Fund further reserves the right to change its eligibility and evaluation criteria and procedures, if the CDFI Fund deems it appropriate. If said changes materially affect the CDFI Fund’s award decisions, the CDFI Fund PO 00000 Frm 00199 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 will provide information regarding the changes through the CDFI Fund’s Web site. There is no right to appeal the CDFI Fund’s NMTC allocation decisions. The CDFI Fund’s NMTC allocation decisions are final. VI. Award Administration Information 1. Failure to meet reporting requirements: If an Allocatee, or an Affiliate of an Allocatee, is a prior CDFI Fund awardee or Allocatee under any CDFI Fund program and is not current on the reporting requirements set forth in the previously executed assistance, allocation or award agreement(s), as of the date of the award notification or thereafter, the CDFI Fund reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to delay entering into an Allocation Agreement and/or to impose limitations on an Allocatee’s ability to issue QEIs to investors until said prior awardee or Allocatee is current on the reporting requirements in the previously executed assistance, allocation or award agreement(s). Please note that the CDFI Fund only acknowledges the receipt of reports that are complete. As such, incomplete reports or reports that are deficient of required elements will not be recognized as having been received. If said prior awardee or Allocatee is unable to meet this requirement within the timeframe set by the CDFI Fund, the CDFI Fund reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate and rescind the allocation made under this NOAA. 2. Pending resolution of noncompliance: If an Allocatee is a prior awardee or Allocatee under any CDFI Fund program and if: (i) it has submitted complete and timely reports to the CDFI Fund that demonstrate noncompliance with a previous assistance, award or Allocation Agreement; and (ii) the CDFI Fund has yet to make a final determination as to whether the entity is in default of its previous assistance, award or Allocation Agreement, the CDFI Fund reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to delay entering into an Allocation Agreement and/or to impose limitations on the Allocatee’s ability to issue Qualified Equity Investments to investors, pending full resolution, in the sole determination of the CDFI Fund, of the noncompliance. Further, if an Affiliate of an Allocatee is a prior CDFI Fund awardee or Allocatee and if such entity: (i) Has submitted complete and timely reports to the CDFI Fund that demonstrate noncompliance with a previous assistance, award or Allocation Agreement; and (ii) the CDFI Fund has yet to make a final determination as to whether the entity is in default of its E:\FR\FM\24JYN1.SGM 24JYN1 sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 142 / Tuesday, July 24, 2012 / Notices previous assistance, award or Allocation Agreement, the CDFI Fund reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to delay entering into an Allocation Agreement and/or to impose limitations on the Allocatee’s ability to issue QEIs to investors, pending full resolution, in the sole determination of the CDFI Fund, of the noncompliance. If the prior awardee or Allocatee in question is unable to satisfactorily resolve the issues of noncompliance, in the sole determination of the CDFI Fund, the CDFI Fund reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate and rescind the award notification made under this NOAA. 3. Default status: If, at any time prior to entering into an Allocation Agreement through this NOAA, the CDFI Fund has made a determination that an Allocatee that is a prior CDFI Fund awardee or Allocatee under any CDFI Fund program is in default of a previously executed assistance, allocation or award agreement(s) and has provided written notification of such determination to the Allocatee, the CDFI Fund reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to delay entering into an Allocation Agreement and/or to impose limitations on the Allocatee’s ability to issue QEIs to investors, until said prior awardee or Allocatee has cured the default by taking actions necessary as specified by the CDFI Fund and within the timeframe specified by the CDFI Fund. Further, if at any time prior to entering into an Allocation Agreement through this NOAA, the CDFI Fund has made a determination that an Affiliate of the Allocatee is a prior CDFI Fund awardee or Allocatee under any CDFI Fund program and is in default of a previously executed assistance, allocation or award agreement(s) and has provided written notification of such determination to the defaulting entity, the CDFI Fund reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to delay entering into an Allocation Agreement and/or to impose limitations on the Allocatee’s ability to issue QEIs to investors, until said prior awardee or Allocatee has cured the default by taking actions necessary as specified by the CDFI Fund and within the timeframe specified by the CDFI Fund. If said prior awardee or Allocatee is unable to meet this requirement, the CDFI Fund reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate and rescind the Notice of Allocation and the allocation made under this NOAA. 4. Termination in default: If prior to entering into an Allocation Agreement through this NOAA: (i) The CDFI Fund has made a determination that an Allocatee that is a prior CDFI Fund awardee or Allocatee under any CDFI VerDate Mar<15>2010 21:06 Jul 23, 2012 Jkt 226001 Fund program whose award or allocation was terminated in default of such prior agreement; (ii) the CDFI Fund has provided written notification of such determination to such organization; and (iii) the anticipated date for entering into an Allocation Agreement is within a period of time specified in such notification throughout which any new award, allocation, or assistance is prohibited, the CDFI Fund reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to delay entering into an Allocation Agreement and/or to impose limitations on the Allocatee’s ability to issue QEIs to investors, or to terminate and rescind the Notice of Allocation and the allocation made under this NOAA. Furthermore, if prior to entering into an Allocation Agreement through this NOAA: (i) The CDFI Fund has made a determination that an Affiliate of the Allocatee is a prior CDFI Fund awardee or Allocatee under any CDFI Fund program whose award or allocation was terminated in default of such prior agreement; (ii) the CDFI Fund has provided written notification of such determination to the defaulting entity; and (iii) the anticipated date for entering into an Allocation Agreement is within a period of time specified in such notification throughout which any new award, allocation, or assistance is prohibited, the CDFI Fund reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to delay entering into an Allocation Agreement and/or to impose limitations on the Allocatee’s ability to issue QEIs to investors, or to terminate and rescind the Notice of Allocation and the allocation made under this NOAA. 5. Allocation Agreement: Each applicant that is selected to receive a NMTC allocation (including the applicant’s Subsidiary transferees) must enter into an Allocation Agreement with the CDFI Fund. The Allocation Agreement will set forth certain required terms and conditions of the NMTC allocation which may include, but are not limited to, the following: (i) The amount of the awarded NMTC allocation; (ii) the approved uses of the awarded NMTC allocation (i.e., loans to or equity investments in Qualified Active Low-Income Businesses or loans to or equity investments in other CDEs); (iii) the approved service area(s) in which the proceeds of QEIs may be used, including the dollar amount of QLICIs that must be invested in NonMetropolitan counties; (iv) the time period by which the applicant may obtain QEIs from investors; (v) reporting requirements for all applicants receiving NMTC allocations; and (vi) a requirement to maintain certification as PO 00000 Frm 00200 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 43427 a CDE throughout the term of the Allocation Agreement. If an applicant has represented in its NMTC allocation application that it intends to invest substantially all of the proceeds from its investors in businesses in which persons unrelated to the applicant hold a majority equity interest, the Allocation Agreement will contain a covenant whereby said applicant agrees that it will invest substantially all of said proceeds in businesses in which persons unrelated to the applicant hold a majority equity interest. In addition to entering into an Allocation Agreement, each applicant selected to receive a NMTC allocation must furnish to the CDFI Fund an opinion from its legal counsel or a similar certification, the content of which will be further specified in the Allocation Agreement, to include, among other matters, an opinion that an applicant (and its Subsidiary transferees, if any): (i) Is duly formed and in good standing in the jurisdiction in which it was formed and the jurisdiction(s) in which it operates; (ii) has the authority to enter into the Allocation Agreement and undertake the activities that are specified therein; (iii) has no pending or threatened litigation that would materially affect its ability to enter into and carry out the activities specified in the Allocation Agreement; and (iv) is not in default of its articles of incorporation, bylaws or other organizational documents, or any agreements with the Federal government. If an Allocatee identifies Subsidiary transferees, the CDFI Fund reserves the right to require an Allocatee to provide supporting documentation evidencing that it Controls such entities prior to entering into an Allocation Agreement with the Allocatee and its Subsidiary transferees. The CDFI Fund reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to rescind its allocation award if the Allocatee fails to return the Allocation Agreement, signed by the authorized representative of the Allocatee, and/or provide the CDFI Fund with any other requested documentation, within the deadlines set by the CDFI Fund. 6. Fees: The CDFI Fund reserves the right, in accordance with applicable Federal law and if authorized, to charge allocation reservation and/or compliance monitoring fees to all entities receiving NMTC allocations. Prior to imposing any such fee, the CDFI Fund will publish additional information concerning the nature and amount of the fee. 7. Reporting: The CDFI Fund will collect information, on at least an annual basis from all applicants that are E:\FR\FM\24JYN1.SGM 24JYN1 43428 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 142 / Tuesday, July 24, 2012 / Notices sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES awarded NMTC allocations and/or are recipients of QLICIs, including such audited financial statements and opinions of counsel as the CDFI Fund deems necessary or desirable, in its sole discretion. The CDFI Fund will use such information to monitor each Allocatee’s compliance with the provisions of its Allocation Agreement and to assess the impact of the NMTC Program in LowIncome Communities. The CDFI Fund may also provide such information to the IRS in a manner consistent with IRC § 6103 so that the IRS may determine, among other things, whether the Allocatee has used substantially all of the proceeds of each QEI raised through its NMTC allocation to make QLICIs. The Allocation Agreement shall further describe the Allocatee’s reporting requirements. The CDFI Fund reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to modify these reporting requirements if it determines it to be appropriate and necessary; however, such reporting requirements will be modified only after due notice to Allocatees. NOAA, contact the CDFI Fund’s NMTC Program Manager by email at cdfihelp@cdfi.treas.gov, by telephone at (202) 622–6355. These are not toll free numbers. D. IRS support: For questions regarding the tax aspects of the NMTC Program, contact Branch Five, Office of the Associate Chief Counsel (Passthroughs and Special Industries), IRS, by telephone at (202) 622–3040, by facsimile at (202) 622–4753, or by mail at 1111 Constitution Avenue NW., Attn: CC:PSI:5, Washington, DC 20224. These are not toll free numbers. VII. Agency Contacts The CDFI Fund will provide programmatic and information technology support related to the allocation application between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET through September 10, 2012. The CDFI Fund will not respond to phone calls or emails concerning the application that are received after 5 p.m. ET on September 10, 2012 until after the allocation application deadline of September 12, 2012. Applications and other information regarding the CDFI Fund and its programs may be obtained from the CDFI Fund’s Web site at http://www.cdfifund.gov. The CDFI Fund will post on its Web site responses to questions of general applicability regarding the NMTC Program. A. Information technology support: Technical support can be obtained by calling (202) 622–2455 or by email at ithelpdesk@cdfi.treas.gov. People who have visual or mobility impairments that prevent them from accessing the Low-Income Community maps using the CDFI Fund’s Web site should call (202) 622–2455 for assistance. These are not toll free numbers. B. Programmatic support: If you have any questions about the programmatic requirements of this NOAA, contact the CDFI Fund’s NMTC Program Manager by email at cdfihelp@cdfi.treas.gov; or by telephone at (202) 622–6355. These are not toll-free numbers. C. Administrative support: If you have any questions regarding the administrative requirements of this Authority: 26 U.S.C. 45D; 31 U.S.C. 321; 26 CFR 1.45D–1. VerDate Mar<15>2010 21:06 Jul 23, 2012 Jkt 226001 VIII. Information Sessions In connection with this NOAA, the CDFI Fund may conduct an information session that will be produced in Washington, DC and broadcast over the Internet via Webcasting as well as telephone conference calls. For further information on these upcoming information sessions, please visit the CDFI Fund’s Web site at http:// www.cdfifund.gov or call the CDFI Fund at (202) 927–6224. Dated: July 13, 2012. Dennis Nolan, Deputy Director, Community Development Financial Institutions Fund. [FR Doc. 2012–17602 Filed 7–19–12; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Fiscal Service Financial Management Service; Proposed Collection of Information: Minority Bank Deposit Program (MBDP) Certification Form for Admission Financial Management Service, Fiscal Service, Treasury. ACTION: Notice and Request for comments. AGENCY: The Financial Management Service, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on a continuing information collection. By this notice, the Financial Management Service solicits comments concerning form FMS 3144 ‘‘Minority Bank Deposit Program (MBDP) Certification Form for Admission’’. DATES: Written comments should be received on or before September 24, 2012. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00201 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Direct all written comments to Financial Management Service, 3700 East West Highway, Records and Information Management Branch Staff, Room 135, Hyattsville, Maryland 20782. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the form and instructions should be directed to Mary Bailey, Bank Policy and Oversight Division, 401 14th Street SW., Room 317, Washington, DC 20227, (202) 874–7055. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), the Financial Management Service solicits comments on the collection of information described below: Title: Minority Bank Deposit Program (MBDP) Certification Form for Admission. OMB Number: 1510–0048. Form Number: FMS 3144. Abstract: This form is used by financial institutions to apply for participation in the Minority Bank Deposit Program. Institutions approved for acceptance in the program are entitled to special assistance and guidance from Federal agencies, State and local governments, and private sector organizations. Current Actions: Extension of currently approved collection. Type of Review: Regular. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit institutions. Estimated Number of Respondents: 150. Estimated Time per Respondent: 30 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 75. Comments: Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for Office of Management and Budget approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and (e) estimates of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, maintenance and purchase of services to provide information. ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\24JYN1.SGM 24JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

Community Development Financial Institutions Fund


Funding Opportunity Title: Notice of Allocation Availability 
(NOAA) Inviting Applications for the CY 2012 Allocation Round of the 
New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program

    Announcement Type: Announcement of NMTC allocation availability.

DATES: Electronic applications must be received by 5 p.m. ET on 
September 12, 2012. Applications sent by mail, facsimile or other form 
will not be accepted. Please note the Community Development Financial 
Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) will only accept applications and 
attachments (i.e., the CDE's authorized representative signature page, 
the Controlling Entity's representative signature page, investor 
letters and organizational charts) in electronic form (see Section 
IV.D. of this NOAA for more details). Applications must meet all 
eligibility and other requirements and deadlines, as applicable, set 
forth in this NOAA. NMTC allocation applicants that are not yet 
certified as Community Development Entities (CDEs) must submit an 
application for CDE certification that is postmarked on or before 
August 3, 2012 (see Section III of this NOAA for more details).
    Executive Summary: This NOAA is issued in connection with the 
calendar year 2012 allocation round of the New Markets Tax Credit 
(NMTC) Program, as initially authorized by Title I, subtitle C, section 
121 of the Community Renewal Tax Relief Act of 2000 (Pub. L. 106-554) 
and amended by section 221 of the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 
(Pub. L. 108-357), section 101 of the Gulf Opportunity Zone Act of 2005 
(Pub. L. 108-357), Division A, section 102 of the Tax Relief and Health 
Care Act of 2006 (Pub. L. 109-432), and section 733 of the Tax Relief, 
Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 
(the Act). Through the NMTC Program, the CDFI Fund provides authority 
to CDEs to offer an incentive to investors in the form of tax credits 
over seven years, which is expected to stimulate the provision of 
private investment capital that, in turn, will facilitate economic and 
community development in Low-Income Communities. Through this NOAA, the 
CDFI Fund announces, subject to Congressional authorization, the 
availability of up to $5 billion of NMTC investment authority.
    In this NOAA, the CDFI Fund specifically addresses how an entity 
may apply to receive an allocation of NMTCs, the competitive procedure 
through which NMTC allocations will be made, and the actions that will 
be taken to ensure that proper allocations are made to appropriate 
entities.

I. Allocation Availability Description

    A. Programmatic changes from CY 2011 round:
    1. Allocation amounts: As described in Section IIA, the CDFI Fund 
anticipates that it will provide NMTC allocation awards for not more 
than $100 million of allocation per Allocatee.
    2. Prior QEI Issuance Requirements: In order to be eligible to 
apply for NMTC allocations in the CY 2012 round, as described in 
Section III.A.2(a), applicants that have received NMTC allocation 
awards in previous rounds are required to meet minimum Qualified Equity 
Investment (QEI) issuance thresholds with respect to their prior-year 
allocations. These thresholds have been revised in comparison to the CY 
2011 NOAA.
    3. Updated eligibility data on Low-Income Communities. As of May 1, 
2012, CDEs will be able to use the 2006-2010 American Community Survey 
(ACS) eligibility data to determine if Qualified Low Income Community 
Investments (QLICIs) are located in NMTC-eligible 2010 census tracts. 
The ACS has replaced the decennial Census long form data as the source 
of tract-level data on income and poverty for all states, Puerto Rico, 
and the District of Columbia. The income and poverty data provided by 
the 2006-2010 ACS data determines whether the 2010 census tracts will 
qualify as NMTC-eligible Low-Income Communities. Updating Low-Income 
Community eligibility ensures the CDFI Fund's NMTC Program will 
continue to effectively target Low-Income Communities based on the most 
current information.
    Additionally, the 2006-2010 ACS eligibility data will define Non-
Metropolitan Counties as counties not contained within a Metropolitan 
Statistical Area, as such term is defined in OMB Bulletin No. 10-02 
(Update of Statistical Area Definitions and Guidance on Their Uses) and 
applied to the 2010 census tracts.
    Timeline for Using NMTC Program Eligibility Data: CDEs that have 
been awarded allocation authority in the CY 2011 round or earlier and 
have QLICIs that are closed before May 1, 2012 must use 2000 Census 
data for determining eligibility. QLICIs closed between May 1, 2012 and 
June 30, 2013 may use either 2000 Census data or 2006-2010

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ACS data for determining eligibility. QLICIs closed on or after July 1, 
2013 must use 2006-2010 ACS data for determining eligibility. The CDFI 
Fund will continue to use 20 percent as the appropriate benchmark for 
ensuring a proportional allocation of QLICIs in Non-Metropolitan areas.
    4. An organization that is certified by the CDFI Fund as a 
Subsidiary CDE will not be permitted to submit an allocation 
application under this NOAA.
    B. Program guidance and regulations: This NOAA provides guidance 
for the application and allocation of NMTCs for the CY 2012 round of 
the NMTC Program and should be read in conjunction with: (i) Guidance 
published by the CDFI Fund on how an entity may apply to become 
certified as a CDE (66 Federal Register 65806, December 20, 2001); (ii) 
the final regulations issued by the Internal Revenue Service (26 CFR 
1.45D-1, published on December 28, 2004), as amended and related 
guidance, notices and other publications; and (iii) the application and 
related materials for the CY 2012 NMTC Program allocation round. All 
such materials may be found on the CDFI Fund's Web site at http://www.cdfifund.gov. The CDFI Fund encourages applicants to review these 
documents. Capitalized terms used, but not defined, in this NOAA shall 
have the respective meanings assigned to them in the allocation 
application, IRC Sec.  45D or the IRS regulations. In the event of any 
inconsistency between the allocation application, IRC Sec.  45D or the 
IRS regulations, the provisions of IRC Sec.  45D and the IRS 
regulations shall govern.

II. Allocation Information

    A. Allocation amounts: Pursuant to the Act, the CDFI Fund expects 
that it may allocate to CDEs the authority to issue to their investors 
up to the aggregate amount of $5.0 billion in equity as to which NMTCs 
may be claimed, as permitted under IRC Sec.  45D(f)(1)(D). Pursuant to 
this NOAA, the CDFI Fund anticipates that it will not issue more than 
$100 million in tax credit investment authority per Allocatee. The CDFI 
Fund, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to allocate amounts in 
excess of or less than the anticipated maximum allocation amount should 
the CDFI Fund deem it appropriate. In order to receive an allocation in 
excess of the $100 million cap, an applicant, at a minimum, will need 
to demonstrate that: (i) No part of its strategy can be successfully 
implemented without an allocation in excess of the applicable cap; and/
or (ii) its strategy will produce extraordinary community outcomes. The 
CDFI Fund reserves the right to allocate NMTC authority to any, all, or 
none of the entities that submit an application in response to this 
NOAA, and in any amount it deems appropriate.
    B. Types of awards: NMTC Program awards are made in the form of 
allocations of tax credit investment authority.
    C. Allocation Agreement: Each Allocatee under this NOAA must sign 
an Allocation Agreement, which must be countersigned by the CDFI Fund, 
before the NMTC allocation is effective. The Allocation Agreement 
contains the terms and conditions of the allocation. For further 
information, see Section VI of this NOAA.

III. Eligibility

    A. Eligible applicants: IRC Sec.  45D specifies certain eligibility 
requirements that each applicant must meet to be eligible to apply for 
an allocation of NMTCs. The following sets forth additional detail and 
certain additional dates that relate to the submission of applications 
under this NOAA for the available NMTC investment authority.
    1. CDE certification: For purposes of this NOAA, the CDFI Fund will 
not consider an application for an allocation of NMTCs unless: (a) The 
applicant is certified as a CDE at the time the CDFI Fund receives its 
NMTC Program allocation application; or (b) the applicant submits an 
application for certification as a CDE that is postmarked on or before 
August 3, 2012. Applicants for certification may obtain a CDE 
certification application through the CDFI Fund's Web site at http://www.cdfifund.gov. Applications for CDE certification must be submitted 
as instructed in the application form. An applicant that is a Community 
Development Financial Institution (CDFI) or a Specialized Small 
Business Investment Company (SSBIC) does not need to submit a CDE 
certification application; however, it must register as a CDE on the 
CDFI Fund's Web site on or before 5 p.m. ET on August 3, 2012. See 
Section IV.D.1(b) of this NOAA for further requirements relating to 
postmarks.
    The CDFI Fund will not provide NMTC allocation authority to 
applicants that are not certified as CDEs or to entities that are 
certified as Subsidiary CDEs.
    If an applicant that has already been certified as a CDE wishes to 
change its designated CDE service area, it must submit its request for 
such a change to the CDFI Fund, and the request must be received by the 
CDFI Fund by 5:00 p.m. ET on August 3, 2012. The CDE service area 
change request must be sent from the applicant's authorized 
representative and include the applicable CDE control number, the 
revised service area designation, and an updated accountability chart 
that reflects representation from Low-Income Communities in the revised 
service area. The service area change request must be sent by email to 
ccme@cdfi.treas.gov.
    2. Prior awardees or Allocatees: Applicants must be aware that 
success in a prior round of any of the CDFI Fund's programs is not 
indicative of success under this NOAA. For purposes of this section, 
the CDFI Fund will consider an Affiliate to be any entity that meets 
the definition of Affiliate as defined in the NMTC allocation 
application materials, or any entity otherwise identified as an 
Affiliate by the applicant in its NMTC allocation application 
materials. Prior awardees of any CDFI Fund program are eligible to 
apply under this NOAA, except as follows:
    (a) Prior Allocatees and Qualified Equity Investment (QEI) issuance 
requirements: The following describes the QEI issuance requirements 
applicable to prior Allocatees.
    A prior Allocatee in the CY 2006 round of the NMTC Program is not 
eligible to receive a NMTC allocation pursuant to this NOAA unless the 
Allocatee is able to affirmatively demonstrate that, as of 11:59 p.m. 
ET on October 31, 2012, it has issued and received funds in-hand from 
its investors for at least 95 percent of its QEIs relating to its CY 
2006 NMTC allocation.
    A prior Allocatee in the CY 2007 round of the NMTC Program is not 
eligible to receive a NMTC allocation pursuant to this NOAA unless the 
Allocatee is able to affirmatively demonstrate that, as of 11:59 p.m. 
ET on October 31, 2012, it has: (i) Issued and received funds in-hand 
from its investors for at least 80 percent of its QEIs relating to its 
CY 2007 NMTC allocation; or (ii) issued and received funds in-hand from 
its investors for at least 70 percent of its QEIs and that at least 100 
percent of its total CY 2007 NMTC allocation has been exchanged for 
funds in-hand from investors, or has been committed by its investors.
    A prior Allocatee in the CY 2008 round of the NMTC Program is not 
eligible to receive a NMTC allocation pursuant to this NOAA unless the 
Allocatee is able to affirmatively demonstrate that, as of 11:59 p.m. 
ET on October 31, 2012, it has: (i) Issued and received funds in-hand 
from its investors for at least 70 percent of its QEIs relating to its 
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allocation; or (ii) issued and received funds in-hand from its 
investors for at least 60 percent of its QEIs and that at least 80 
percent of its total CY 2008 NMTC allocation has been exchanged for 
funds in-hand from investors, or has been committed by its investors.
    A prior Allocatee in the CY 2009 round of the NMTC Program is not 
eligible to receive a NMTC allocation pursuant to this NOAA unless the 
Allocatee is able to affirmatively demonstrate that, as of 11:59 p.m. 
ET on October 31, 2012, it has: (i) Issued and received funds in-hand 
from its investors for at least 60 percent of its QEIs relating to its 
CY 2009 NMTC allocation; or (ii) issued and received funds in-hand from 
its investors for at least 50 percent of its QEIs and that at least 80 
percent of its total CY 2009 NMTC allocation has been exchanged for 
funds in-hand from investors, or has been committed by its investors.
    A prior Allocatee (with the exception of a Rural CDE Allocatee) in 
the CY 2010 round of the NMTC Program is not eligible to receive a NMTC 
allocation pursuant to this NOAA unless the Allocatee is able to 
affirmatively demonstrate that, as of 11:59 p.m. ET on October 31, 
2012, it has: (i) Issued and received funds in-hand from its investors 
for at least 50 percent of its QEIs relating to its CY 2010 NMTC 
allocation; or (ii) issued and received funds in-hand from its 
investors for at least 40 percent of its QEIs and that at least 60 
percent of its total CY 2010 NMTC allocation has been exchanged for 
funds in-hand from investors, or has been committed by its investors. A 
prior Rural CDE Allocatee in the CY 2010 is not eligible to receive a 
NMTC allocation pursuant to this NOAA unless the Allocatee can 
demonstrate that, as of 11:59 p.m. ET on October 31, 2012, it has: (i) 
issued and received funds in-hand from its investors for at least 30 
percent of its QEIs relating to its CY 2010 NMTC allocation.
    A prior Allocatee (with the exception of a Rural CDE Allocatee) in 
the CY 2011 round of the NMTC Program is not eligible to receive a NMTC 
allocation pursuant to this NOAA unless the Allocatee is able to 
affirmatively demonstrate that, as of 11:59 p.m. ET on October 31, 
2012, it has: (i) Issued and received funds in-hand from its investors 
for at least 30 percent of its QEIs relating to its CY 2011 NMTC 
allocation; or (ii) issued and received funds in-hand from its 
investors for at least 20 percent of its QEIs and that at least 50 
percent of its total CY 2011 NMTC allocation has been exchanged for 
funds in-hand from investors, or has been committed by its investors. A 
Rural CDE is not required to meet the above QEI issuance and commitment 
thresholds with regard to its CY 2011 NMTC allocation award.
    In addition to the requirements described above, an entity is not 
eligible to receive a NMTC allocation pursuant to this NOAA if an 
Affiliate of the applicant is a prior Allocatee and has not met the 
requirements for the issuance and/or commitment of QEIs as set forth 
above for the Allocatees in the prior allocation rounds of the NMTC 
Program.
    Notwithstanding the above, if an applicant has received multiple 
NMTC allocation awards between the CY 2006 and the CY 2011, the 
applicant shall be deemed to be eligible to apply for a NMTC allocation 
pursuant to this NOAA if the applicant is able to affirmatively 
demonstrate that, as of 11:59 p.m. ET on October 31, 2012, it has 
issued and received funds in-hand from its investors for at least 90 
percent of its QEIs relating to its cumulative allocation amounts from 
these prior NMTC Program rounds. Rural CDEs that received allocations 
under the CY 2010 round may choose to exclude such allocations from 
this cumulative calculation, provided that the Allocatee has issued and 
received funds in-hand from its investors for at least 20 percent of 
its QEIs relating to its CY 2010 allocation. Rural CDEs that received 
allocations under the CY 2011 round may choose to exclude such 
allocation from this cumulative calculation.
    For purposes of this section of the NOAA, the CDFI Fund will only 
recognize as ``issued'' those QEIs that have been finalized in the CDFI 
Fund's Allocation Tracking System (ATS) by the deadlines specified 
above. Allocatees and their Subsidiary transferees, if any, are advised 
to access ATS to record each QEI that they issue to an investor in 
exchange for funds in-hand. For purposes of this section of the NOAA, 
``committed'' QEIs are only those Equity Investments that are evidenced 
by a written, signed document in which an investor: (i) Commits to make 
an investment in the Allocatee in a specified amount and on specified 
terms; (ii) has made an initial disbursement of the investment proceeds 
to the Allocatee, and such initial disbursement has been recorded in 
ATS as a QEI; (iii) commits to disburse the remaining investment 
proceeds to the Allocatee based on specified amounts and payment dates; 
and (iv) commits to make the final disbursement to the Allocatee no 
later than October 31, 2014.
    The applicant will be required, upon notification from the CDFI 
Fund, to submit adequate documentation to substantiate the required 
issuances of and commitments for QEIs.
    Applicants should be aware that these QEI issuance requirements 
represent the minimum threshold requirements that must be met in order 
to submit an application for assistance under this NOAA. As stated in 
Section V.B.2 of this NOAA, the CDFI Fund reserves the right to reject 
an application and/or adjust award amounts as appropriate based on 
information obtained during the review process--including an 
applicant's track record of raising QEIs and/or deploying its QLICIs.
    Prior Allocatees that require any action by the CDFI Fund (i.e., 
certifying a subsidiary entity as a CDE; adding a subsidiary CDE to an 
Allocation Agreement; etc.) in order to meet the QEI issuance 
requirements above must submit their Certification Application for 
subsidiary CDEs by no later than August 1, 2012 and Allocation 
Agreement Amendment requests by no later than October 2, 2012 in order 
to guarantee that the CDFI Fund completes all necessary approvals prior 
to October 31, 2012. Applicants for certification may obtain a CDE 
certification application through the CDFI Fund's Web site at http://www.cdfifund.gov. Applications for CDE certification must be submitted 
as instructed in the application form.
    (b) Failure to meet reporting requirements: The CDFI Fund will not 
consider an application submitted by an applicant if the applicant or 
any of its Affiliates is a prior CDFI Fund awardee or Allocatee under 
any CDFI Fund program and is not current on the reporting requirements 
set forth in a previously executed assistance, allocation or award 
agreement(s), as of the application deadline of this NOAA. Please note 
that automated systems employed by the CDFI Fund for receipt of reports 
submitted electronically typically acknowledge only a report's receipt; 
such acknowledgment does not warrant that the report received was 
complete and therefore met reporting requirements.
    (c) Pending resolution of noncompliance: If an applicant is a prior 
awardee or Allocatee under any CDFI Fund program and if: (i) It has 
submitted complete and timely reports to the CDFI Fund that demonstrate 
noncompliance with a previous assistance, award or Allocation 
Agreement; and (ii) the CDFI Fund has yet to make a final determination 
as to whether the entity is in default of its previous assistance, 
award or Allocation Agreement, the CDFI Fund will consider the 
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NOAA pending full resolution of the noncompliance, in the sole 
determination of the CDFI Fund. Further, if an Affiliate of the 
applicant is a prior CDFI Fund awardee or Allocatee and if such entity: 
(i) Has submitted complete and timely reports to the CDFI Fund that 
demonstrate noncompliance with a previous assistance, award or 
Allocation Agreement; and (ii) the CDFI Fund has yet to make a final 
determination as to whether the entity is in default of its previous 
assistance, award or Allocation Agreement, the CDFI Fund will consider 
the applicant's application under this NOAA pending full resolution of 
the noncompliance, in the sole determination of the CDFI Fund.
    Notwithstanding the above, any applicant or Affiliate that is a 
prior Allocatee that is in non-compliance with section 3.2(e) of its 
Allocation Agreement at the time of the application deadline, but 
otherwise meets the QEI Issuance in section A.2(a) above, must be 
compliant with Section 3.2(e) of its Allocation Agreement by 11:59 p.m. 
ET on December 31, 2012.
    (d) Default Status: The CDFI Fund will not consider an application 
submitted by an applicant that is a prior CDFI Fund awardee or 
Allocatee under any CDFI Fund program if, as of the application 
deadline of this NOAA: (i) The CDFI Fund has made a determination that 
such Applicant is in default of a previously executed assistance, 
allocation, or award agreement; (ii) the CDFI Fund has provided written 
notification of such determination to the Applicant; and (iii) the 
application date of the NOAA is within a period of time specified in 
such notification throughout which any new application from the 
applicant to the CDFI Fund for an award, allocation, or assistance is 
prohibited.
    Further, the CDFI Fund will not consider an application submitted 
by an applicant for which there is an Affiliate that is a prior awardee 
or Allocatee under any CDFI Fund Program if, as of the application 
deadline of this NOAA: (i) The CDFI Fund has made a determination that 
such Affiliate is in default of a previously executed assistance, 
allocation, or award agreement; (ii) the CDFI Fund has provided written 
notification of such determination to the Affiliate; and (iii) the 
application date of the NOAA is within a period of time specified in 
such notification throughout which any new application from the 
Affiliate to the CDFI Fund for an award, allocation, or assistance is 
prohibited.
    (e) Undisbursed award funds: The CDFI Fund will not consider an 
application submitted by an applicant that is a prior awardee under any 
CDFI Fund program if the applicant has a balance of undisbursed award 
funds (defined below) under said prior award(s), as of the applicable 
application deadline of this NOAA. Furthermore, an entity is not 
eligible to apply for an award pursuant to this NOAA if an Affiliate of 
the applicant is a prior awardee under any CDFI Fund program, and has a 
balance of undisbursed award funds under said prior award(s), as of the 
applicable application deadline of this NOAA. In a case where an 
Affiliate of the applicant is a prior awardee under any CDFI Fund 
program and has a balance of undisbursed award funds under said prior 
award(s) as of the applicable application deadline of this NOAA, the 
CDFI Fund will include the combined awards of the Applicant and such 
Affiliated entities when calculating the amount of undisbursed award 
funds.
    For purposes of the calculation of undisbursed award funds for the 
Bank Enterprise Award (BEA) Program, only awards made to the applicant 
(and any Affiliates) three to five calendar years prior to the end of 
the calendar year of the application deadline of this NOAA are included 
(``includable BEA awards''). Thus, for purposes of this NOAA, 
undisbursed BEA Program award funds are the amount of FYs 2007, 2008, 
2009 awards that remain undisbursed as of the application deadline of 
this NOAA.
    For purposes of the calculation of undisbursed award funds for the 
CDFI Program and the Native Initiatives (NI), only awards made to the 
Applicant (and any entity that Controls the Applicant, is Controlled by 
the Applicant or shares common management officials with the Applicant, 
as determined by the CDFI Fund) two to five calendar years prior to the 
end of the calendar year of the application deadline of this NOAA are 
included (``includable CDFI/NI awards''). Thus, for purposes of this 
NOAA, undisbursed CDFI Program and NI awards are the amount of FYs 
2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 awards that remain undisbursed as of the 
application deadline of this NOAA.
    To calculate total includable BEA/CDFI/NI awards: amounts that are 
undisbursed as of the application deadline of this NOAA cannot exceed 
five percent (5%) of the total includable awards. Please refer to an 
example of this calculation in the 2012 Allocation Application Q&A 
document, available on the CDFI Fund's Web site.
    The ``undisbursed award funds'' calculation does not include: (i) 
NMTC allocation authority; (ii) any award funds for which the CDFI Fund 
received a full and complete disbursement request from the awardee by 
the applicable application deadline of this NOAA; (iii) any award funds 
for an award that has been terminated, in writing, by the CDFI Fund or 
deobligated by the CDFI Fund; or (iv) any award funds for an award that 
does not have a fully executed assistance or award agreement. The CDFI 
Fund strongly encourages Applicants requesting disbursements of 
``undisbursed funds'' from prior awards to provide the CDFI Fund with a 
complete disbursement request at least 30 business days prior to the 
application deadline of this NOAA.
    (f) Contact the CDFI Fund: Accordingly, Applicants that are prior 
awardees and/or Allocatees under any other CDFI Fund program are 
advised to: (i) Comply with the requirements specified in assistance, 
allocation and/or award agreement(s), and (ii) contact the CDFI Fund to 
ensure that all necessary actions are underway for the disbursement of 
any outstanding balance of a prior award(s). All outstanding reports 
and compliance questions should be directed to the Compliance Manager 
by email at ccme@cdfi.treas.gov, by telephone at (202) 622-6330. All 
disbursement questions should be directed to the Charles McGee, Senior 
Program Analyst by telephone at 202-622-8453 or via email at 
mcgeec@cdfi.treas.gov. Requests submitted less than thirty calendar 
days prior to the application deadline may not receive a response 
before the application deadline.
    The CDFI Fund will respond to Applicants' reporting, compliance or 
disbursement questions between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, 
starting the date of publication of this NOAA through September 10, 
2012 (two days before the application deadline). The CDFI Fund will not 
respond to Applicants' reporting, compliance, CDE certification or 
disbursement phone calls or email inquiries that are received after 5 
p.m. ET on September 10, 2012 until after the funding application 
deadline of September 12, 2012.
    3. Entities that propose to transfer NMTCs to Subsidiaries: Both 
for-profit and non-profit CDEs may apply for NMTC allocation authority, 
but only a for-profit CDE is permitted to provide NMTCs to its 
investors. A non-profit applicant wishing to apply for a NMTC 
allocation must demonstrate, prior to entering into an Allocation 
Agreement with the CDFI Fund, that: (i) it controls one or more 
Subsidiaries that are for-profit entities; and (ii) it intends to

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transfer the full amount of any NMTC allocation it receives to said 
Subsidiary.
    An applicant wishing to transfer all or a portion of its NMTC 
allocation to a Subsidiary is not required to create the Subsidiary 
prior to submitting a NMTC allocation application to the CDFI Fund. 
However, the Subsidiary entities must be certified as CDEs by the CDFI 
Fund, and enjoined as parties to the Allocation Agreement at closing or 
by amendment to the Allocation Agreement after closing. Before the NMTC 
allocation transfer may occur it must be pre-approved by the CDFI Fund, 
in its sole discretion.
    The CDFI Fund strongly encourages a non-profit applicant to submit 
a CDE certification application to the CDFI Fund on behalf of the 
Subsidiary within 60 days after the non-profit applicant receives the 
draft Allocation Agreement from the CDFI Fund, as such Subsidiary must 
be certified as a CDE prior to entering into an Allocation Agreement 
with the CDFI Fund. A non-profit applicant that fails to submit a 
certification application for one or more for-profit subsidiaries 
within 60 days of receiving the draft Allocation Agreement from the 
CDFI Fund is subject to the CDFI Fund rescinding the award.
    4. Entities that submit applications together with Affiliates; 
applications from common enterprises: (a) As part of the allocation 
application review process, the CDFI Fund considers whether applicants 
are Affiliates, as such term is defined in the allocation application. 
If an applicant and its Affiliates wish to submit allocation 
applications, they must do so collectively, in one application; an 
applicant and its Affiliates may not submit separate allocation 
applications. If Affiliated entities submit multiple applications, the 
CDFI Fund reserves the right either to reject all such applications 
received or to select a single application as the only application 
considered for an allocation. In the case of governmental entities, the 
CDFI Fund may accept applications submitted by Affiliated entities, but 
only to the extent the CDFI Fund determines that the business 
strategies and/or activities described in such applications, submitted 
by separate entities, are distinctly dissimilar and are operated and/or 
managed by distinctly dissimilar boards and staff, including identified 
consultants. In such cases, the CDFI Fund reserves the right to limit 
award amounts to such entities to ensure that the entities do not 
collectively receive more than the $100 million cap.
    For purposes of this NOAA, in addition to assessing whether 
applicants meet the definition of the term ``Affiliate'' found in the 
allocation application, the CDFI Fund will consider: (i) Whether the 
activities described in applications submitted by separate entities 
are, or will be, operated and/or managed as a common enterprise that, 
in fact or effect, may be viewed as a single entity; (ii) whether the 
applications submitted by separate entities contain significant 
narrative, textual or other similarities, and (iii) whether the 
business strategies and/or activities described in applications 
submitted by separate entities are so closely related, in fact or 
effect, they may be viewed as substantially identical applications. In 
such cases, the CDFI Fund reserves the right either to reject all 
applications received from all such entities; to select a single 
application as the only one that will be considered for an allocation; 
and, in the event that an Application is selected to receive an 
allocation award, to deem certain activities ineligible. These 
requirements shall apply to all applicants, including those that are 
Affiliated with governmental entities.
    (b) Furthermore, an applicant that receives an allocation in this 
allocation round (or its Subsidiary transferee) may not become an 
Affiliate of or member of a common enterprise (as defined above) with 
another applicant that receives an allocation in this allocation round 
(or its Subsidiary transferee) at any time after the submission of an 
allocation application under this NOAA. This prohibition, however, 
generally does not apply to entities that are commonly Controlled 
solely because of common ownership by QEI investors. This requirement 
will also be a term and condition of the Allocation Agreement (see 
Section VI.B of this NOAA and additional application guidance materials 
on the CDFI Fund's Web site at http://www.cdfifund.gov for more 
details).
    5. Entities created as a series of funds: An applicant whose 
business structure consists of an entity with a series of funds may 
apply for CDE certification as a single entity, or as multiple 
entities. If such an applicant represents that it is properly 
classified for Federal tax purposes as a single partnership or 
corporation, it may apply for CDE certification as a single entity. If 
an applicant represents that it is properly classified for Federal tax 
purposes as multiple partnerships or corporations, then it may submit a 
single CDE certification application on behalf of the entire series of 
funds, and each fund must be separately certified as a CDE. Applicants 
should note, however, that receipt of CDE certification as a single 
entity or as multiple entities is not a determination that an applicant 
and its related funds are properly classified as a single entity or as 
multiple entities for Federal tax purposes. Regardless of whether the 
series of funds is classified as a single partnership or corporation or 
as multiple partnerships or corporations, an applicant may not transfer 
any NMTC allocations it receives to one or more of its funds unless the 
transfer is pre-approved by the CDFI Fund, in its sole discretion, 
which will be a condition of the Allocation Agreement.
    6. Entities that are BEA Program awardees: An insured depository 
institution investor (and its Affiliates and Subsidiaries) may not 
receive a NMTC allocation in addition to a BEA Program award for the 
same investment in a CDE. Likewise, an insured depository institution 
investor (and its Affiliates and Subsidiaries) may not receive a BEA 
Program award in addition to a NMTC allocation for the same investment 
in a CDE.

IV. Application and Submission Information

    A. Address to request application package: Applicants must submit 
applications electronically under this NOAA, through the CDFI Fund Web 
site. Following the publication of this NOAA, the CDFI Fund will make 
the electronic allocation application available on its Web site at 
http://www.cdfifund.gov. Applications sent by mail, facsimile or other 
form will not be accepted. Please note the CDFI Fund will only accept 
the application and attachments (i.e., the Applicant's authorized 
representative signature page, the Controlling Entity's representative 
signature page, investor letters and organizational charts) in 
electronic form.
    B. Application content requirements: Detailed application content 
requirements are found in the application related to this NOAA. 
Applicants must submit all materials described in and required by the 
application by the applicable deadlines. Applicants will not be 
afforded an opportunity to provide any missing materials or 
documentation. Electronic applications must be submitted solely by 
using the format made available at the CDFI Fund's Web site. Additional 
information, including instructions relating to the submission of 
supporting information (i.e., the Applicant's authorized representative 
signature page, the Controlling Entity's representative signature page, 
investor

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letters and organizational charts), is set forth in further detail in 
the electronic application. An application must include a valid and 
current Employer Identification Number (EIN) issued by the Internal 
Revenue Service (IRS) and assigned to the applicant and, if applicable, 
its Controlling Entity. Electronic applications without a valid EIN are 
incomplete and cannot be transmitted to the CDFI Fund. For more 
information on obtaining an EIN, please contact the IRS at (800) 829-
4933 or www.irs.gov.
    An applicant may not submit more than one application in response 
to this NOAA. In addition, as stated in Section III.A.4 of this NOAA, 
an applicant and its Affiliates must collectively submit only one 
allocation application; an applicant and its Affiliates may not submit 
separate allocation applications except as outlined above. Once an 
application is submitted, an applicant will not be allowed to change 
any element of its application.
    C. Form of application submission: Applicants may only submit 
applications under this NOAA electronically. Applications sent by 
facsimile or by email will not be accepted. Submission of an electronic 
application will facilitate the processing and review of applications 
and the selection of Allocatees; further, it will assist the CDFI Fund 
in the implementation of electronic reporting requirements.
    1. Electronic applications: Electronic applications must be 
submitted solely by using the CDFI Fund's Web site and must be sent in 
accordance with the submission instructions provided in the electronic 
application form. The CDFI Fund recommends use of Internet Explorer 
version 8 on Windows XP, and optimally at least a 56Kbps Internet 
connection in order to meet the electronic application submission 
requirements. Use of other browsers (i.e., Firefox), other versions of 
Internet Explorer, or other systems (i.e., Mac) might result in 
problems during submission of the application. The CDFI Fund's 
electronic application system will only permit the submission of 
applications in which all required questions and tables are fully 
completed. Additional information, including instructions relating to 
the submission of supporting information (i.e., the applicant's 
authorized representative signature page, the Controlling Entity's 
representative signature page, investor letters and organizational 
charts) is set forth in further detail in the electronic application.
    D. Application submission dates and times:
    1. Application deadlines:
    (a) Electronic applications: must be received by 5:00 p.m. ET on 
September 12, 2012. Electronic applications cannot be transmitted or 
received after 5:00 p.m. ET on September 12, 2012. In addition, 
applicants must separately submit supporting information (i.e., the 
applicant's authorized representative signature page, the Controlling 
Entity's representative signature page, investor letters and 
organizational charts) via their myCDFIFund account. The applicant's 
authorized representative signature page, the Controlling Entity's 
representative signature page, investor letters and organizational 
charts must be submitted on or before 11:59 p.m. on September 14, 2012. 
Attachments may not exceed a size limit of 5 megabytes (MB). See 
application instructions, provided in the electronic application and 
the 2012 Allocation Application Q&A, for further detail. Applications 
and other required documents received after this date and time will be 
rejected. If the applicant's authorized representative signature page 
is not received by the deadline specified above, the CDFI Fund reserves 
the right to reject the application. Please note that the document 
submission deadlines in this NOAA and/or the allocation application are 
strictly enforced.
    (b) Postmark: For purposes of this NOAA, the term ``postmark'' is 
defined by 26 CFR 301.7502-1. In general, the CDFI Fund will require 
that the postmarked document bears a postmark date that is on or before 
the applicable deadline. The document must be in an envelope or other 
appropriate wrapper, properly addressed as set forth in this NOAA and 
delivered by the United States Postal Service or any other private 
delivery service designated by the Secretary of the Treasury. For more 
information on designated delivery services, please see IRS Notice 
2002-62, 2002-2 C.B. 574.
    E. Intergovernmental Review: Not applicable.
    F. Funding Restrictions: For allowable uses of investment proceeds 
related to a NMTC allocation, please see 26 U.S.C. 45D and the final 
regulations issued by the Internal Revenue Service (26 CFR 1.45D-1, 
published December 28, 2004) and related guidance. Please see Section 
I, above, for the Programmatic Changes of this NOAA.
    G. Paperwork Reduction: Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 
U.S.C. chapter 35), an agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection 
of information, and an individual is not required to respond to a 
collection of information, unless it displays a valid OMB control 
number. Pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act, the application has 
been assigned the following control number: 1559-0016.

V. Application Review Information

    There are two parts to the substantive review process for each 
allocation application: Phase 1 and Phase 2. In Phase 1, the CDFI Fund 
will evaluate each application, assigning points and numeric scores 
according to the criteria described below. In Phase 2, the CDFI Fund 
will rank applicants in accordance with the procedures set forth below.
    A. Criteria:
    1. Business Strategy (25-point maximum): (a) When assessing an 
applicant's business strategy, reviewers will consider, among other 
things: the applicant's products, services, and investment criteria; 
the prior performance of the applicant or its Controlling Entity, 
particularly as it relates to making similar kinds of investments as 
those it proposes to make with the proceeds of QEIs; the applicant's 
prior performance in providing capital or technical assistance to 
disadvantaged businesses or communities; the projected level of the 
applicant's pipeline of potential investments; the extent to which the 
applicant intends to make Qualified Low-Income Community Investments 
(QLICIs) in one or more businesses in which persons unrelated to the 
entity hold a majority equity interest; how NMTCs will enable the 
applicant to create additional value to its financing activities in 
Low-Income Communities; and the extent to which applicants that 
otherwise have notable relationships with the QALICBs financed will 
create benefits (beyond those created in the normal course of a NMTC 
transaction) to Low-Income Communities.
    Under the Business Strategy criterion, an applicant will generally 
score well to the extent that it will deploy debt or investment capital 
in products or services which are flexible or non-traditional in form 
and on better terms than available in the marketplace. An applicant 
will also score well to the extent that, among other things, it: (i) 
Has a track record of successfully providing products and services 
similar to those it intends to use with the proceeds of QEIs; (ii) has 
identified, or has a process for identifying, potential transactions; 
(iii) demonstrates a likelihood of issuing QEIs and making the related 
QLICIs in a time period that is significantly shorter than the 5-year 
period permitted under IRC Sec.  45D(b)(1); (iv) in the case of an 
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the applicant will require the CDE selling such loans to re-invest the 
proceeds of the loan sale to provide additional products and services 
to Low-Income Communities.
    (b) Priority Points: In addition, as provided by IRC Sec.  
45D(f)(2), the CDFI Fund will ascribe additional points to entities 
that meet one or both of the statutory priorities. First, the CDFI Fund 
will give up to five (5) additional points to any applicant that has a 
record of having successfully provided capital or technical assistance 
to disadvantaged businesses or communities. Second, the CDFI Fund will 
give five (5) additional points to any applicant that intends to 
satisfy the requirement of IRC Sec.  45D(b)(1)(B) by making QLICIs in 
one or more businesses in which persons unrelated (within the meaning 
of IRC Sec.  267(b) or IRC Sec.  707(b)(1)) to an applicant (or the 
applicant's subsidiary CDEs) hold the majority equity interest. 
Applicants may earn points for one or both statutory priorities. Thus, 
applicants that meet the requirements of both priority categories can 
receive up to a total of ten (10) additional points. A record of having 
successfully provided capital or technical assistance to disadvantaged 
businesses or communities may be demonstrated either by the past 
actions of an applicant itself or by its Controlling Entity (i.e., 
where a new CDE is established by a nonprofit corporation with a 
history of providing assistance to disadvantaged communities). An 
applicant that receives additional points for intending to make 
investments in unrelated businesses and is awarded a NMTC allocation 
must meet the requirements of IRC Sec.  45D(b)(1)(B) by investing 
substantially all of the proceeds from its QEIs in unrelated 
businesses. The CDFI Fund will factor in an applicant's priority points 
when ranking applicants during Phase 2 of the review process, as 
described below.
    2. Community Outcomes (25-point maximum): In assessing the 
potential benefits to Low-Income Communities that may result from the 
applicant's proposed investments, reviewers will consider, among other 
things, the degree to which the applicant is likely to: (a) Achieve 
significant and measurable community development outcomes in its Low-
Income Communities; (b) invest in particularly economically distressed 
markets: (c) engage with local communities regarding investments; and 
(d) demonstrate a track record of investing in businesses that spur 
additional private capital investment in Low-Income Communities. An 
applicant will generally score well under this section to the extent 
that: (i) it articulates how its strategy is likely to produce 
significant and measurable community development outcomes that would 
not be achieved without NMTCs; (ii) it is working in particularly 
economically distressed or otherwise underserved communities; (iii) its 
activities are part of a broader neighborhood revitalization strategy; 
(iv) it ensures that an investment into a project or business is 
supported by and will be beneficial to the surrounding community; and 
(v) it is likely to engage in activities that will spur additional 
private capital investment.
    3. Management Capacity (25-point maximum). In assessing an 
applicant's management capacity, reviewers will consider, among other 
things, the qualifications of the applicant's principals, its board 
members, its management team, and other essential staff or contractors, 
with specific focus on: experience in deploying capital or technical 
assistance, including activities similar to those described in the 
applicant's business strategy; asset management and risk management 
experience; experience with fulfilling compliance requirements of other 
governmental programs, including other tax programs; and the 
applicant's (or its Controlling Entity's) financial health. Reviewers 
will also consider the extent to which an applicant has protocols in 
place to ensure ongoing compliance with NMTC Program requirements and 
the level of involvement of community representatives in the Governing 
Board and/or Advisory Board in approving investment criteria or 
decisions.
    An applicant will generally score well under this section to the 
extent that its management team or other essential personnel have 
experience in: (a) Deploying capital or technical assistance in Low-
Income Communities, particularly those likely to be served by the 
applicant with the proceeds of QEIs; (b) asset and risk management; and 
(c) fulfilling government compliance requirements, particularly tax 
credit program compliance. An applicant will also score well to the 
extent: it demonstrates strong financial health and a high likelihood 
of remaining a going-concern; has policies and systems in place to 
ensure ongoing compliance with NMTC Program requirements; has Low-
Income Community representatives in the Governing Board and/or Advisory 
Board that play an active role in designing or implementing its 
investment criteria and/or decisions; and, if it is a Federally-insured 
financial institution, its most recent Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) 
rating was ``outstanding.''
    4. Capitalization Strategy (25-point maximum): When assessing an 
applicant's capitalization strategy, reviewers will consider, among 
other things: the key personnel of the applicant (or Controlling 
Entity) and their track record of raising capital, particularly from 
for-profit investors; the extent to which the applicant has secured 
investments, commitments to invest in NMTC, or indications of investor 
interest commensurate with its requested amount of tax credit 
allocations; the applicant's strategy for identifying additional 
investors, if necessary, including the applicant's (or its Controlling 
Entity's) prior performance with raising equity from investors, 
particularly for-profit investors; the distribution of the economic 
benefits of the tax credit; the extent to which the applicant intends 
to invest the proceeds from the aggregate amount of its QEIs at a level 
that exceeds the requirements of IRC Sec.  45D(b)(1)(B) and the IRS 
regulations; the likelihood the applicant will raise sufficient capital 
to finance its cost of operations; and the applicant's timeline for 
utilizing an NMTC allocation.
    An applicant will generally score well under this section to the 
extent that: (a) It has secured investor commitments, or has a 
reasonable strategy for obtaining such commitments; (b) its request for 
allocations is commensurate with both the level of QEIs it is likely to 
raise and its expected investment strategy to deploy funds raised with 
NMTCs; (c) it generally demonstrates that the economic benefits of the 
tax credit will be passed through to a QALICB; (d) it is likely to 
secure capital to finance its cost of operations consistent with the 
applicant's overall business strategy and timeline for making 
investments; and (e) it intends to invest the proceeds from the 
aggregate amount of its QEIs at a level that exceeds the requirements 
of IRC Sec.  45D(b)(1)(B) and the IRS regulations. In the case of an 
applicant proposing to raise investor funds from organizations that 
also will identify or originate transactions for the applicant or from 
Affiliated entities, said applicant will score well to the extent that 
it will offer products with more favorable rates or terms than those 
currently offered by its investor(s) or Affiliated entities and/or will 
target its activities to areas of greater economic distress than those 
currently targeted by the investor or Affiliated entities.
    B. Review and selection process: All allocation applications will 
be reviewed for eligibility and completeness. The CDFI Fund may consult 
with the IRS on the eligibility requirements under IRC Sec.  45D. To be 
complete, the application

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must contain, at a minimum, all information described as required in 
the application form. An incomplete application will be rejected. Once 
the application has been determined to be eligible and complete, the 
CDFI Fund will conduct the substantive review of each application in 
two parts (Phase 1 and Phase 2) in accordance with the criteria and 
procedures generally described in this NOAA and the allocation 
application.
    1. Phase 1: Reviewers will evaluate and score each application in 
the first part of the review process. An applicant must exceed a 
minimum overall aggregate base score threshold and exceed a minimum 
aggregate section score threshold in each of the four application 
sections (Business Strategy, Community Outcomes, Management Capacity, 
and Capitalization Strategy) in order to advance from the first part of 
the substantive review process. If, in the case of a particular 
application, a reviewer's total base score or section score(s) (in one 
or more of the four application scored sections), varies significantly 
from other reviewers' total base scores or section scores for such 
application, the CDFI Fund may, in its sole discretion, obtain the 
comments and recommendations of an additional reviewer to determine 
whether the anomalous score should be replaced with the score of the 
additional reviewer.
    2. Phase 2: Once the CDFI Fund has determined which applicants have 
met the required minimum overall aggregate base score and aggregate 
section score thresholds, the CDFI Fund will rank applicants on the 
basis of their combined scores in the Business Strategy and Community 
Outcomes sections of the application and will make adjustments to each 
applicant's priority points so that these points maintain the same 
relative weight in the ranking of applicant scores in Phase 2 as in 
Phase 1. The CDFI Fund will award allocations in the order of this 
``Final Rank Score,'' subject to applicants' meeting all other 
eligibility requirements; provided, however, that the CDFI Fund, in its 
sole discretion, reserves the right to reject an application and/or 
adjust award amounts as appropriate based on information obtained 
during the review process. Most notably, in the cases of applicants (or 
their Affiliates) that are prior year Allocatees, the CDFI Fund will 
review the activities of the prior year Allocatee to determine whether 
the entity has: (a) effectively utilized its prior-year allocations; 
and (b) substantiated a need for additional allocation authority.
    3. Outstanding Reports: In the case of an applicant, or Affiliates, 
that has previously received an award or allocation from the CDFI Fund 
through any CDFI Fund program, the CDFI Fund will deduct points for the 
applicant's (or its Affiliate's) failure to meet the reporting 
deadlines set forth in any assistance, award or Allocation Agreement(s) 
with the CDFI Fund during the entity's two complete fiscal years prior 
to the application deadline of this NOAA (generally FY 2010 and 
FY2011).
    C. Allocations serving Non-Metropolitan counties: As provided for 
under Section 102(b) of the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 
(Pub. L. 109-432), the CDFI Fund shall ensure that non-metropolitan 
counties receive a proportional allocation of Qualified Equity 
Investments (QEIs) under the NMTC Program. To this end, the CDFI Fund 
will ensure that the proportion of Allocatees that are Rural CDEs is, 
at a minimum, equal to the proportion of applicants in the Phase 2 
review pool that are Rural CDEs. The CDFI Fund will also endeavor to 
ensure that 20 percent of the QLICIs to be made using QEI proceeds are 
invested in Non-Metropolitan counties. A Rural CDE is one that has over 
the past five years dedicated at least 50 percent of its direct 
financing dollars to Non-Metropolitan counties and has committed that 
at least 50 percent of its NMTC financing activities will be deployed 
in such areas. Non-Metropolitan counties are counties not contained 
within a Metropolitan Statistical Area, as such term is defined in OMB 
Bulletin No. 10-02 (Update of Statistical Area Definitions and Guidance 
on Their Uses) and applied using 2010 census tracts.
    Applicants that meet the minimum scoring thresholds will be 
advanced to Phase 2 review and will be provided with ``preliminary'' 
awards, in descending order of Final Rank Score, until the available 
allocation authority is fulfilled. Once these ``preliminary'' award 
amounts are determined, the CDFI Fund will then analyze the Allocatee 
pool to determine whether the two Non-Metropolitan proportionality 
objectives have been met.
    The CDFI Fund will first examine the ``preliminary'' awards and 
Allocatees to determine whether the percentage of Allocatees that are 
Rural CDEs is, at a minimum, equal to the percentage of applicants in 
the Phase 2 review pool that are Rural CDEs. If this objective is not 
achieved, the CDFI Fund will provide awards to additional Rural CDEs 
from the Phase 2 pool, in descending order of their Final Rank Score, 
until the appropriate percentage balance is achieved. In order to 
accommodate the additional Allocatees within the available allocation 
limitations, a formula reduction will be applied uniformly to the 
allocation amount for all Allocatees in the pool.
    The CDFI Fund will then determine whether the pool of Allocatees 
will, in the aggregate, invest at least 20 percent of their QLICIs (as 
measured by dollar amount) in Non-Metropolitan counties. The CDFI Fund 
will first apply the ``minimum'' percentage of QLICIs that Allocatees 
indicated in their applications would be targeted to Non-Metropolitan 
areas to the total allocation award amount of each Allocatee (less 
whatever percentage the Allocatee indicated would be retained for non-
QLICI activities), and total these figures for all Allocatees. If this 
aggregate total is greater than or equal to 20 percent of the QLICIs to 
be made by the Allocatees, then the pool is considered balanced and the 
CDFI Fund will proceed with the allocation process. However, if the 
aggregate total is less than 20 percent of the QLICIs to be made by the 
Allocatees, the CDFI Fund will consider requiring any or all of the 
Allocatees to direct up to the ``maximum'' percentage of QLICIs that 
they indicated would be targeted to Non-Metropolitan counties, taking 
into consideration their track record and ability to deploy dollars in 
Non-Metropolitan counties. If the CDFI Fund cannot meet the goal of 20 
percent of QLICIs in Non-Metropolitan counties, the CDFI Fund may add 
additional Rural CDEs (in descending order of final rank score) to the 
Allocatee pool. In order to accommodate any additional Allocatees 
within the allocation limitations, a reduction would be applied, in as 
uniform a manner as possible, to the allocation amount for all 
Allocatees in the pool that have not committed to investing at least 20 
percent of their QLICIs in Non-Metropolitan counties.
    D. Questions: All outstanding reports or compliance questions 
should be directed to the Certifications and Compliance Manager by 
email at ccme@cdfi.treas.gov; by telephone at (202) 622-6330; or by 
mail to Department of the Treasury, CDFI Fund, 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue 
NW., Washington, DC 20005. The CDFI Fund will respond to reporting or 
compliance questions between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET, 
starting the date of the publication of this NOAA through September 10, 
2012. The CDFI Fund will not respond to reporting or compliance phone 
calls or email inquiries that are received after 5:00 p.m. ET on 
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after the funding application deadline of September 12, 2012.
    E. Right of rejection: The CDFI Fund reserves the right to reject 
any NMTC allocation application in the case of a prior CDFI Fund 
awardee, if such applicant has failed to comply with the terms, 
conditions, and other requirements of the prior or existing assistance 
or award agreement(s) with the CDFI Fund. The CDFI Fund reserves the 
right to reject any NMTC allocation application in the case of a prior 
CDFI Fund Allocatee, if such applicant has failed to comply with the 
terms, conditions, and other requirements of its prior or existing 
Allocation Agreement(s) with the CDFI Fund. The CDFI Fund reserves the 
right to reject any NMTC allocation application in the case of any 
applicant, if an Affiliate of the applicant has failed to meet the 
terms, conditions and other requirements of any prior or existing 
assistance agreement, award agreement or Allocation Agreement with the 
CDFI Fund.
    The CDFI Fund reserves the right to reject any NMTC allocation 
application in the case of a prior CDFI Fund Allocatee, if such 
applicant has failed to use its prior NMTC allocation(s) in a manner 
that is generally consistent with the business strategy (including, but 
not limited to, the proposed product offerings and markets served) set 
forth in the allocation application(s) related to such prior 
allocation(s). The CDFI Fund also reserves the right to reject any NMTC 
allocation application in the case of an Affiliate of the applicant 
that is a prior CDFI Fund Allocatee and has failed to use its prior 
NMTC allocation(s) in a manner that is generally consistent with the 
business strategy set forth in the allocation application(s) related to 
such prior allocation(s).
    The CDFI Fund reserves the right to reject a NMTC allocation 
application if information (including administrative errors) comes to 
the attention of the CDFI Fund that adversely affects an applicant's 
eligibility for an award, adversely affects the CDFI Fund's evaluation 
or scoring of an application, adversely affects the CDFI Fund's prior 
determinations of CDE certification, or indicates fraud or 
mismanagement on the part of an applicant or the Controlling Entity, if 
such fraud or mismanagement by the Controlling Entity would hinder the 
applicant's ability to perform under the Allocation Agreement. If the 
CDFI Fund determines that any portion of the application is incorrect 
in any material respect, the CDFI Fund reserves the right, in its sole 
discretion, to reject the application.
    As a part of the substantive review process, the CDFI Fund may 
permit the Allocation Recommendation Panel member(s) to make telephone 
calls to applicants for the sole purpose of obtaining, clarifying or 
confirming application information. In no event shall such contact be 
construed to permit an applicant to change any element of its 
application. At this point in the process, an applicant may be required 
to submit additional information about its application in order to 
assist the CDFI Fund with its final evaluation process. Such requests 
must be responded to within the time parameters set by the CDFI Fund. 
The selecting official(s) will make a final allocation determination 
based on an applicant's file, including, without limitation, 
eligibility under IRC Sec.  45D, the reviewers' scores and the amount 
of allocation authority available. In the case of applicants (or 
Affiliates of applicants) that are regulated by the Federal government 
or a State agency (or comparable entity), the CDFI Fund's selecting 
official(s) reserve(s) the right to consult with and take into 
consideration the views of the appropriate Federal or State banking and 
other regulatory agencies. In the case of applicants (or Affiliates of 
applicants) that are also Small Business Investment Companies, 
Specialized Small Business Investment Companies or New Markets Venture 
Capital Companies, the CDFI Fund reserves the right to consult with and 
take into consideration the views of the Small Business Administration.
    The CDFI Fund reserves the right to conduct additional due 
diligence, as determined reasonable and appropriate by the CDFI Fund, 
in its sole discretion, related to the applicant, Affiliates, the 
applicant's Controlling Entity and the officers, directors, owners, 
partners and key employees of each.
    Each applicant will be informed of the CDFI Fund's award decision 
through an electronic notification whether selected for an allocation 
(see Section VI.A. of this NOAA) or not selected for an allocation, 
which may be for reasons of application incompleteness, ineligibility 
or substantive issues. All applicants that are not selected for an 
allocation based on substantive issues will likely be given the 
opportunity to obtain feedback on their applications. This feedback 
will be provided in a format and within a timeframe to be determined by 
the CDFI Fund, based on available resources.
    The CDFI Fund further reserves the right to change its eligibility 
and evaluation criteria and procedures, if the CDFI Fund deems it 
appropriate. If said changes materially affect the CDFI Fund's award 
decisions, the CDFI Fund will provide information regarding the changes 
through the CDFI Fund's Web site.
    There is no right to appeal the CDFI Fund's NMTC allocation 
decisions. The CDFI Fund's NMTC allocation decisions are final.

VI. Award Administration Information

    1. Failure to meet reporting requirements: If an Allocatee, or an 
Affiliate of an Allocatee, is a prior CDFI Fund awardee or Allocatee 
under any CDFI Fund program and is not current on the reporting 
requirements set forth in the previously executed assistance, 
allocation or award agreement(s), as of the date of the award 
notification or thereafter, the CDFI Fund reserves the right, in its 
sole discretion, to delay entering into an Allocation Agreement and/or 
to impose limitations on an Allocatee's ability to issue QEIs to 
investors until said prior awardee or Allocatee is current on the 
reporting requirements in the previously executed assistance, 
allocation or award agreement(s). Please note that the CDFI Fund only 
acknowledges the receipt of reports that are complete. As such, 
incomplete reports or reports that are deficient of required elements 
will not be recognized as having been received. If said prior awardee 
or Allocatee is unable to meet this requirement within the timeframe 
set by the CDFI Fund, the CDFI Fund reserves the right, in its sole 
discretion, to terminate and rescind the allocation made under this 
NOAA.
    2. Pending resolution of noncompliance: If an Allocatee is a prior 
awardee or Allocatee under any CDFI Fund program and if: (i) it has 
submitted complete and timely reports to the CDFI Fund that demonstrate 
noncompliance with a previous assistance, award or Allocation 
Agreement; and (ii) the CDFI Fund has yet to make a final determination 
as to whether the entity is in default of its previous assistance, 
award or Allocation Agreement, the CDFI Fund reserves the right, in its 
sole discretion, to delay entering into an Allocation Agreement and/or 
to impose limitations on the Allocatee's ability to issue Qualified 
Equity Investments to investors, pending full resolution, in the sole 
determination of the CDFI Fund, of the noncompliance. Further, if an 
Affiliate of an Allocatee is a prior CDFI Fund awardee or Allocatee and 
if such entity: (i) Has submitted complete and timely reports to the 
CDFI Fund that demonstrate noncompliance with a previous assistance, 
award or Allocation Agreement; and (ii) the CDFI Fund has yet to make a 
final determination as to whether the entity is in default of its

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previous assistance, award or Allocation Agreement, the CDFI Fund 
reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to delay entering into an 
Allocation Agreement and/or to impose limitations on the Allocatee's 
ability to issue QEIs to investors, pending full resolution, in the 
sole determination of the CDFI Fund, of the noncompliance. If the prior 
awardee or Allocatee in question is unable to satisfactorily resolve 
the issues of noncompliance, in the sole determination of the CDFI 
Fund, the CDFI Fund reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to 
terminate and rescind the award notification made under this NOAA.
    3. Default status: If, at any time prior to entering into an 
Allocation Agreement through this NOAA, the CDFI Fund has made a 
determination that an Allocatee that is a prior CDFI Fund awardee or 
Allocatee under any CDFI Fund program is in default of a previously 
executed assistance, allocation or award agreement(s) and has provided 
written notification of such determination to the Allocatee, the CDFI 
Fund reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to delay entering into 
an Allocation Agreement and/or to impose limitations on the Allocatee's 
ability to issue QEIs to investors, until said prior awardee or 
Allocatee has cured the default by taking actions necessary as 
specified by the CDFI Fund and within the timeframe specified by the 
CDFI Fund. Further, if at any time prior to entering into an Allocation 
Agreement through this NOAA, the CDFI Fund has made a determination 
that an Affiliate of the Allocatee is a prior CDFI Fund awardee or 
Allocatee under any CDFI Fund program and is in default of a previously 
executed assistance, allocation or award agreement(s) and has provided 
written notification of such determination to the defaulting entity, 
the CDFI Fund reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to delay 
entering into an Allocation Agreement and/or to impose limitations on 
the Allocatee's ability to issue QEIs to investors, until said prior 
awardee or Allocatee has cured the default by taking actions necessary 
as specified by the CDFI Fund and within the timeframe specified by the 
CDFI Fund. If said prior awardee or Allocatee is unable to meet this 
requirement, the CDFI Fund reserves the right, in its sole discretion, 
to terminate and rescind the Notice of Allocation and the allocation 
made under this NOAA.
    4. Termination in default: If prior to entering into an Allocation 
Agreement through this NOAA: (i) The CDFI Fund has made a determination 
that an Allocatee that is a prior CDFI Fund awardee or Allocatee under 
any CDFI Fund program whose award or allocation was terminated in 
default of such prior agreement; (ii) the CDFI Fund has provided 
written notification of such determination to such organization; and 
(iii) the anticipated date for entering into an Allocation Agreement is 
within a period of time specified in such notification throughout which 
any new award, allocation, or assistance is prohibited, the CDFI Fund 
reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to delay entering into an 
Allocation Agreement and/or to impose limitations on the Allocatee's 
ability to issue QEIs to investors, or to terminate and rescind the 
Notice of Allocation and the allocation made under this NOAA. 
Furthermore, if prior to entering into an Allocation Agreement through 
this NOAA: (i) The CDFI Fund has made a determination that an Affiliate 
of the Allocatee is a prior CDFI Fund awardee or Allocatee under any 
CDFI Fund program whose award or allocation was terminated in default 
of such prior agreement; (ii) the CDFI Fund has provided written 
notification of such determination to the defaulting entity; and (iii) 
the anticipated date for entering into an Allocation Agreement is 
within a period of time specified in such notification throughout which 
any new award, allocation, or assistance is prohibited, the CDFI Fund 
reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to delay entering into an 
Allocation Agreement and/or to impose limitations on the Allocatee's 
ability to issue QEIs to investors, or to terminate and rescind the 
Notice of Allocation and the allocation made under this NOAA.
    5. Allocation Agreement: Each applicant that is selected to receive 
a NMTC allocation (including the applicant's Subsidiary transferees) 
must enter into an Allocation Agreement with the CDFI Fund. The 
Allocation Agreement will set forth certain required terms and 
conditions of the NMTC allocation which may include, but are not 
limited to, the following: (i) The amount of the awarded NMTC 
allocation; (ii) the approved uses of the awarded NMTC allocation 
(i.e., loans to or equity investments in Qualified Active Low-Income 
Businesses or loans to or equity investments in other CDEs); (iii) the 
approved service area(s) in which the proceeds of QEIs may be used, 
including the dollar amount of QLICIs that must be invested in Non-
Metropolitan counties; (iv) the time period by which the applicant may 
obtain QEIs from investors; (v) reporting requirements for all 
applicants receiving NMTC allocations; and (vi) a requirement to 
maintain certification as a CDE throughout the term of the Allocation 
Agreement. If an applicant has represented in its NMTC allocation 
application that it intends to invest substantially all of the proceeds 
from its investors in businesses in which persons unrelated to the 
applicant hold a majority equity interest, the Allocation Agreement 
will contain a covenant whereby said applicant agrees that it will 
invest substantially all of said proceeds in businesses in which 
persons unrelated to the applicant hold a majority equity interest.
    In addition to entering into an Allocation Agreement, each 
applicant selected to receive a NMTC allocation must furnish to the 
CDFI Fund an opinion from its legal counsel or a similar certification, 
the content of which will be further specified in the Allocation 
Agreement, to include, among other matters, an opinion that an 
applicant (and its Subsidiary transferees, if any): (i) Is duly formed 
and in good standing in the jurisdiction in which it was formed and the 
jurisdiction(s) in which it operates; (ii) has the authority to enter 
into the Allocation Agreement and undertake the activities that are 
specified therein; (iii) has no pending or threatened litigation that 
would materially affect its ability to enter into and carry out the 
activities specified in the Allocation Agreement; and (iv) is not in 
default of its articles of incorporation, bylaws or other 
organizational documents, or any agreements with the Federal 
government.
    If an Allocatee identifies Subsidiary transferees, the CDFI Fund 
reserves the right to require an Allocatee to provide supporting 
documentation evidencing that it Controls such entities prior to 
entering into an Allocation Agreement with the Allocatee and its 
Subsidiary transferees. The CDFI Fund reserves the right, in its sole 
discretion, to rescind its allocation award if the Allocatee fails to 
return the Allocation Agreement, signed by the authorized 
representative of the Allocatee, and/or provide the CDFI Fund with any 
other requested documentation, within the deadlines set by the CDFI 
Fund.
    6. Fees: The CDFI Fund reserves the right, in accordance with 
applicable Federal law and if authorized, to charge allocation 
reservation and/or compliance monitoring fees to all entities receiving 
NMTC allocations. Prior to imposing any such fee, the CDFI Fund will 
publish additional information concerning the nature and amount of the 
fee.
    7. Reporting: The CDFI Fund will collect information, on at least 
an annual basis from all applicants that are

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awarded NMTC allocations and/or are recipients of QLICIs, including 
such audited financial statements and opinions of counsel as the CDFI 
Fund deems necessary or desirable, in its sole discretion. The CDFI 
Fund will use such information to monitor each Allocatee's compliance 
with the provisions of its Allocation Agreement and to assess the 
impact of the NMTC Program in Low-Income Communities. The CDFI Fund may 
also provide such information to the IRS in a manner consistent with 
IRC Sec.  6103 so that the IRS may determine, among other things, 
whether the Allocatee has used substantially all of the proceeds of 
each QEI raised through its NMTC allocation to make QLICIs. The 
Allocation Agreement shall further describe the Allocatee's reporting 
requirements.
    The CDFI Fund reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to modify 
these reporting requirements if it determines it to be appropriate and 
necessary; however, such reporting requirements will be modified only 
after due notice to Allocatees.

VII. Agency Contacts

    The CDFI Fund will provide programmatic and information technology 
support related to the allocation application between the hours of 9:00 
a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET through September 10, 2012. The CDFI Fund will 
not respond to phone calls or emails concerning the application that 
are received after 5 p.m. ET on September 10, 2012 until after the 
allocation application deadline of September 12, 2012. Applications and 
other information regarding the CDFI Fund and its programs may be 
obtained from the CDFI Fund's Web site at http://www.cdfifund.gov. The 
CDFI Fund will post on its Web site responses to questions of general 
applicability regarding the NMTC Program.
    A. Information technology support: Technical support can be 
obtained by calling (202) 622-2455 or by email at 
ithelpdesk@cdfi.treas.gov. People who have visual or mobility 
impairments that prevent them from accessing the Low-Income Community 
maps using the CDFI Fund's Web site should call (202) 622-2455 for 
assistance. These are not toll free numbers.
    B. Programmatic support: If you have any questions about the 
programmatic requirements of this NOAA, contact the CDFI Fund's NMTC 
Program Manager by email at cdfihelp@cdfi.treas.gov; or by telephone at 
(202) 622-6355. These are not toll-free numbers.
    C. Administrative support: If you have any questions regarding the 
administrative requirements of this NOAA, contact the CDFI Fund's NMTC 
Program Manager by email at cdfihelp@cdfi.treas.gov, by telephone at 
(202) 622-6355. These are not toll free numbers.
    D. IRS support: For questions regarding the tax aspects of the NMTC 
Program, contact Branch Five, Office of the Associate Chief Counsel 
(Passthroughs and Special Industries), IRS, by telephone at (202) 622-
3040, by facsimile at (202) 622-4753, or by mail at 1111 Constitution 
Avenue NW., Attn: CC:PSI:5, Washington, DC 20224. These are not toll 
free numbers.

VIII. Information Sessions

    In connection with this NOAA, the CDFI Fund may conduct an 
information session that will be produced in Washington, DC and 
broadcast over the Internet via Webcasting as well as telephone 
conference calls. For further information on these upcoming information 
sessions, please visit the CDFI Fund's Web site at http://www.cdfifund.gov or call the CDFI Fund at (202) 927-6224.

    Authority: 26 U.S.C. 45D; 31 U.S.C. 321; 26 CFR 1.45D-1.

    Dated: July 13, 2012.
Dennis Nolan,
Deputy Director, Community Development Financial Institutions Fund.
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