Funding Opportunity Title: Notice of Allocation Availability (NOAA); Inviting Applications for the Calendar Year (CY) 2014 Allocation Round of the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program, 46503-46512 [2014-18792]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 153 / Friday, August 8, 2014 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Community Development Financial Institutions Fund mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Funding Opportunity Title: Notice of Allocation Availability (NOAA); Inviting Applications for the Calendar Year (CY) 2014 Allocation Round of the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program Announcement Type: Announcement of NMTC allocation availability. DATES: Electronic applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. ET on October 1, 2014. 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 22, 2014 (see Section III of this NOAA for more details). Executive Summary: This NOAA is issued in connection with the CY 2014 allocation round (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), section 733 of the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111–312), and the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (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 the availability of up to $5.0 billion of NMTC investment authority, subject to Congressional authorization. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:51 Aug 07, 2014 Jkt 232001 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 2013 Allocation Round 1. Allocation amounts: As described in Section IIA, the CDFI Fund anticipates that it will provide NMTC allocation awards for not more than $125 million of allocation per Allocatee. 2. Prior QEI Issuance Requirements: In order to be eligible to apply for NMTC allocations in this Allocation 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 and deadlines have been revised in comparison to the CY 2013 NOAA. B. Program guidance and regulations: This NOAA provides guidance for the application and allocation of NMTCs for this Allocation 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 this 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 PO 00000 Frm 00109 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 46503 claimed, as permitted under IRC § 45D(f)(1)(D). Pursuant to this NOAA, the CDFI Fund anticipates that it will not issue more than $125 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 $125 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 § 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 22, 2014. 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 E:\FR\FM\08AUN1.SGM 08AUN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 46504 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 153 / Friday, August 8, 2014 / Notices application; however, it must register as a CDE on the CDFI Fund’s Web site on or before 5:00 p.m. ET on August 22, 2014. 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 change to the CDFI Fund, and the request must be received by the CDFI Fund by 5:00 p.m. ET on August 22, 2014. 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 application or allocation 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. An Allocatee in the CY 2009 allocation 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 January 30, 2015, it has finalized at least 95 percent of its QEIs relating to its CY 2009 NMTC allocation. An Allocatee in the CY 2010 allocation 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 January 30, 2015, it has: (i) Finalized at least 80 percent of its QEIs relating to its CY 2010 NMTC allocation; or (ii) it has finalized at least VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:51 Aug 07, 2014 Jkt 232001 70 percent of its QEIs and that at least 100 percent of its total CY 2010 NMTC allocation has been finalized, or has been committed by its investors. An Allocatee in the CY 2011 allocation 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 January 30, 2015, it has: (i) Finalized at least 70 percent of its QEIs relating to its CY 2011 NMTC allocation; or (ii) it has finalized at least 60 percent of its QEIs and that at least 80 percent of its total CY 2011 NMTC allocation has been finalized, or has been committed by its investors. An Allocatee (with the exception of a Rural CDE Allocatee) in the CY 2012 allocation 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 January 30, 2015, it has: (i) Finalized at least 50 percent of its QEIs relating to its CY 2012 NMTC allocation; or (ii) it has finalized at least 40 percent of its QEIs and that at least 60 percent of its total CY 2012 NMTC allocation has been finalized, or has been committed by its investors. A prior Rural CDE Allocatee in the CY 2012 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 January 30, 2015, it has finalized at least 30 percent of its CY 2012 NMTC Allocation. An Allocatee (with the exception of a Rural CDE Allocatee) in the CY 2013 allocation 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 January 30, 2015, it has: (i) Finalized at least 30 percent of its QEIs relating to its CY 2013 NMTC allocation; or (ii) finalized at least 20 percent of its QEIs and that at least 50 percent of its total CY 2013 NMTC allocation has been finalized, 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 2013 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. PO 00000 Frm 00110 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Notwithstanding the above, if an Applicant has received multiple NMTC allocation awards between CY 2009 and CY 2013, 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 January 30, 2015, it has finalized 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 2012 allocation round may choose to exclude such allocations from this cumulative calculation, provided that the Allocatee has finalized at least 20 percent of its QEIs relating to its CY 2012 allocation. Rural CDEs that received allocations under the CY 2013 allocation 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 ‘‘finalized’’ those QEIs that have been properly reported in the CDFI Fund’s Allocation Tracking System (ATS) by the deadlines specified above. Allocatees and their Subsidiary Allocatees, 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 a QEI 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 January 30, 2017. 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 Qualified Low E:\FR\FM\08AUN1.SGM 08AUN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 153 / Friday, August 8, 2014 / Notices Income Community Investments (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 October 1, 2014 and Allocation Agreement Amendment requests by no later than November 1, 2014 in order to guarantee that the CDFI Fund completes all necessary approvals prior to January 30, 2015. 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) Pending determination of noncompliance or default: If an Applicant is a prior awardee or Allocatee under any CDFI Fund program and if: (i) It has submitted reports to the CDFI Fund that demonstrate potential noncompliance with or default under 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 noncompliance or default of its previous assistance, award or Allocation Agreement, the CDFI Fund will consider the Applicant’s application under this NOAA pending final determination of whether the entity is in noncompliance or default, 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 reports to the CDFI Fund that demonstrate potential noncompliance with or default under 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 noncompliance or default of its previous assistance, award or Allocation Agreement, the CDFI Fund will consider the Applicant’s application under this NOAA pending final determination of whether the entity is in noncompliance or default, in the sole determination of the CDFI Fund. Notwithstanding the above, any Applicant or Affiliate that is in default under Section 3.2 of its previously executed Allocation Agreement is deemed ineligible under this NOAA if: (i) The CDFI Fund has made a determination that such Applicant is in default under Section 3.2 of a previously executed Allocation Agreement and (ii) the CDFI Fund has VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:51 Aug 07, 2014 Jkt 232001 provided written notification of such determination to the Applicant. Moreover, any Applicant that is otherwise eligible as of the application deadline must continue to be compliant with Section 3.2 of its Allocation Agreement(s) after the application deadline, in order for the CDFI Fund to continue evaluating its application. If an Applicant fails to do such, the CDFI Fund will no longer deem the Applicant eligible. (c) 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 deadline of the NOAA is within a period of time specified in a notification to the prior CDFI Fund awardee or Allocatee for 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 deadline of the NOAA is within a period of time specified in a notification to the prior CDFI Fund awardee or Allocatee for which any new application from the Affiliate to the CDFI Fund for an award, allocation, or assistance is prohibited. (d) Undisbursed award funds: The CDFI Fund will not consider an application submitted by an Applicant that is a prior awardee under the CDFI Program (CDFI), Native Initiatives (NI), and Bank Enterprise Award (BEA) 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 PO 00000 Frm 00111 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 46505 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 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 2009, 2010, 2011 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 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 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 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 Round 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 E:\FR\FM\08AUN1.SGM 08AUN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 46506 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 153 / Friday, August 8, 2014 / Notices complete disbursement request at least 30 business days prior to the application deadline of this NOAA. (e) 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 as necessary to ensure that all required 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 Office of Certification, Compliance Monitoring, and Evaluation by email at ccme@cdfi.treas.gov or by telephone at (202) 653–0423. All disbursement questions related to the CDFI and NACA Programs should be directed to the CDFI Fund Help Desk by telephone (202) 653–0421 (Option 1 for CDFI Program, Option 2 for the NACA Program) or via email at cdfihelp@cdfi.treas.gov. All disbursement questions related to the BEA Program should be directed to David Fleites, Policy and Program Officer by telephone at (202) 653–0355 or via email at fleitesd@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 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET, starting the date of publication of this NOAA through September 29, 2014 (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 5:00 p.m. ET on September 29, 2014 until after the funding application deadline of October 1, 2014. 3. Failure to accurately respond to a question in the Assurances and Certifications section of the application and submit the required written explanation: In its sole discretion, the CDFI Fund may deem the Applicant’s application ineligible, if the CDFI Fund determines that the Applicant inaccurately responded to a question and failed to submit a required written explanation, or accurately answered a question yet failed to submit a required written explanation, with respect to the application Assurances and Certifications. In making this determination, the CDFI Fund will take into consideration, among other factors, the materiality of the question, the substance of any supplemental responses provided, and whether the VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:51 Aug 07, 2014 Jkt 232001 information in the Applicant’s supplemental responses will have a material adverse effect on the Applicant, its financial condition or its ability to perform under an allocation agreement, should the Applicant receive an allocation. 4. 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 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 at least one Subsidiary within 60 days after the nonprofit Applicant receives the Notice of Allocation (NOA) 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 does not already have a certified for-profit Subsidiary and that fails to submit a certification application for one or more for-profit Subsidiaries within 60 days of the date of the NOA from the CDFI Fund is subject to the CDFI Fund rescinding the award. 5. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00112 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 $125 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 E:\FR\FM\08AUN1.SGM 08AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 153 / Friday, August 8, 2014 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES at http://www.cdfifund.gov for more details). 6. Entities created as a series of funds: An Applicant whose business structure consists of an entity with a series of funds must apply for CDE certification for each fund. 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 must submit a CDE certification application for the Applicant and each fund it would like to participate in the NMTC Program, 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 fund is a certified CDE that is a Subsidiary of the Applicant, enjoined to the Allocation Agreement as a Subsidiary Allocatee. 7. 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. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:51 Aug 07, 2014 Jkt 232001 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, except if necessary and at the request of the CDFI Fund, to further explain the Assurances and Certifications section of the application. 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 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. Do not include any personal Social Security Numbers as part of the application. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00113 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 46507 Fund recommends use of Internet Explorer version 8 or higher on a Microsoft Windows-based computer (Windows Vista or higher), and optimally at least a 56Kbps Internet connection in order to meet the electronic application submission requirements. Use of other browsers (i.e., Firefox, Chrome, Safari), 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 and the Online Application Instructions for this Round. D. Application submission dates and times: 1. Application deadlines: (a) Electronic applications: Must be received by 5:00 p.m. ET on October 1, 2014. Electronic applications cannot be transmitted or received after 5:00 p.m. ET on October 1, 2014. 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 October 3, 2014. Attachments may not exceed a size limit of 5 megabytes (MB). See application instructions, provided in the electronic application and the Round 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 E:\FR\FM\08AUN1.SGM 08AUN1 46508 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 153 / Friday, August 8, 2014 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 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 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; VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:51 Aug 07, 2014 Jkt 232001 and the extent to which Applicants that otherwise have notable relationships with the Qualified Active Low Income Community Businesses (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 deploying products and services similar to those it intends to provide 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, 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 PO 00000 Frm 00114 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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: (i) Achieve significant and measurable community development outcomes in its Low-Income Communities; (ii) invest in particularly economically distressed markets: (iii) engage with local communities regarding investments; and (iv) 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: (a) It articulates how its strategy is likely to produce significant and measurable community development outcomes that would not be achieved without NMTCs; (b) it is working in particularly economically distressed or otherwise underserved communities; (c) its activities are part of a broader neighborhood revitalization strategy; (d) it ensures that an investment into a project or business is supported by and will be beneficial to the surrounding community; and (e) it is likely to engage in activities that will spur additional private capital investment. 3. Management Capacity (not scored in Phase 1): In assessing an Applicant’s management capacity, CDFI Fund evaluators 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. CDFI Fund evaluators 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 E:\FR\FM\08AUN1.SGM 08AUN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 153 / Friday, August 8, 2014 / Notices representatives in the Governing Board and/or Advisory Board in approving investment criteria or decisions. An Applicant will be generally evaluated more favorably 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 be evaluated favorably 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 (Not scored in Phase 1): When assessing an Applicant’s capitalization strategy, CDFI Fund evaluators 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; if a prior Allocatee, the track record of the Applicant or Controlling Entity in raising Qualified Equity Investments in the past five years, or if an Applicant or Controlling Entity have not raised Qualified Equity Investments in the past five years, the extent to which the Applicant has secured investments or 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. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:51 Aug 07, 2014 Jkt 232001 An Applicant be evaluated more favorably under this section to the extent that: (a) It or its Controlling Entity is a prior Allocatee and has a superior track record in the past five years of raising Qualified Equity Investments or 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 be evaluated more favorably 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 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 the Business Strategy and Community Outcomes sections of 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 scored section 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 PO 00000 Frm 00115 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 46509 base score or section score(s) (in one or more of the two 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 plus one half the priority points. 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. Late Reports: In the case of an Applicant or any 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 any of the reporting deadlines set forth in any assistance, award or Allocation Agreement(s), if the reporting deadlines occurred during the period from September 18, 2013 to the application deadline in this NOAA (October 1, 2014). C. Allocations serving NonMetropolitan counties: As provided for under Section 102(b) of the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 (P.L. 109– 432), the CDFI Fund shall ensure that non-metropolitan counties receive a proportional allocation of 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- E:\FR\FM\08AUN1.SGM 08AUN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 46510 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 153 / Friday, August 8, 2014 / Notices Metropolitan counties. A Rural CDE is one that has a track record of at least three years of direct financing experience, has dedicated at least 50 percent of its direct financing dollars to Non-Metropolitan counties over the past five years, and has committed that at least 50 percent of its NMTC financing dollars with this Allocation will be deployed in such areas. NonMetropolitan 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 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, VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:51 Aug 07, 2014 Jkt 232001 the CDFI Fund will consider requiring any or all of the Allocatees to direct up to the ‘‘maximum’’ percentage of QLICIs that the Allocatees 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 by requiring any or all Allocatees to commit up to the maximum percentage of QLICIs that they indicated would be targeted to 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 formula reduction will be applied as uniformly as possible, to the allocation amount for all Allocatees in the pool that have not committed to investing a minimum of 20 percent of their QLICIs in Non-Metropolitan counties. D. Questions: All outstanding reports or compliance questions should be directed to the Office of Certification, Compliance Monitoring, and Evaluation by email at ccme@cdfi.treas.gov or by telephone at (202) 653–0423. 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 29, 2014. 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 29, 2014 until after the funding application deadline of October 1, 2014. 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. PO 00000 Frm 00116 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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, QALICB type, 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 an NMTC allocation application if information (including administrative errors or omission of information) 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 request information from Applicants for the sole purpose of obtaining, clarifying or confirming application information or omission of 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 the Controlling Entity, or Affiliates) that are regulated or receives oversight by the E:\FR\FM\08AUN1.SGM 08AUN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 153 / Friday, August 8, 2014 / Notices Federal government or a State agency (or comparable entity), the CDFI Fund may request additional information from the Applicant regarding Assurances and Certifications or other information about the ability of the Applicant to effectively perform under the Allocation Agreement. The Allocation Recommendation Panel or 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. The CDFI Fund reserves the right to reject any NMTC Allocation Application if additional information is obtained that, after further due diligence and in the discretion of the CDFI Fund, would hinder the Applicant’s ability to effectively perform under the Allocation Agreement. 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 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. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:51 Aug 07, 2014 Jkt 232001 VI. Award Administration Information A. Allocation Award Compliance 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 NOA or thereafter, the CDFI Fund reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to reject the application, delay entering into an Allocation Agreement, and/or 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 automated systems the CDFI Fund uses for receipt of reports submitted electronically typically acknowledges only a report’s receipt; such an acknowledgment does not warrant that the report received was complete and therefore met reporting requirements. 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 determination of noncompliance or default: If an Allocatee is a prior awardee or Allocatee under any CDFI Fund program and if: (i) It has submitted reports to the CDFI Fund that demonstrate potential noncompliance with or a default under 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 noncompliance with or default under 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 final determination of whether the entity is in noncompliance or default, and determination of remedies, if applicable, in the sole determination of the CDFI Fund. Further, if an Affiliate of an Allocatee is a prior CDFI Fund awardee or Allocatee and if such entity: (i) Has submitted reports to the CDFI Fund that demonstrate potential noncompliance/ default under 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 noncompliance/default under its PO 00000 Frm 00117 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 46511 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 final determination of whether the entity is in noncompliance or default, and determination of remedies, if applicable, in the sole determination of the CDFI Fund. 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 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 is in default of a previously executed assistance, allocation, or assistance agreement(s); (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 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) (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. B. Allocation Agreement: Each Applicant that is selected to receive a E:\FR\FM\08AUN1.SGM 08AUN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 46512 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 153 / Friday, August 8, 2014 / Notices 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 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 VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:51 Aug 07, 2014 Jkt 232001 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, including an approved legal opinion, within the deadlines set by the CDFI Fund. C. 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. D. Reporting: The CDFI Fund will collect information, on at least an annual basis from all Applicants that are 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 require the Applicant to retain information as the CDFI Fund deems necessary or desirable and shall provide such information to the CDFI Fund when requested 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. 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 29, 2014. The CDFI Fund will not respond to phone calls or emails concerning the application that are received after 5:00 p.m. ET on September 29, 2014 until after the PO 00000 Frm 00118 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 allocation application deadline of October 1, 2014. 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) 653–0422 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) 653–0422 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) 653–0421. 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) 653–0421. These are not toll free numbers. D. IRS support: For questions regarding the tax aspects of the NMTC Program, contact Jian Grant, Office of the Associate Chief Counsel (Passthroughs and Special Industries), IRS, by telephone at (202) 317–4137, by facsimile at (202) 317–6731. These are not toll free numbers. Applicants wishing formal ruling request should see IRS Internal Revenue Bulletin 1401– 1, issued January 2, 2014. VIII. Information Sessions In connection with this NOAA, the CDFI Fund may conduct one or more information sessions 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. Authority: 26 U.S.C. 45D; 31 U.S.C. 321; 26 CFR 1.45D–1. Dated: August 5, 2014. Dennis Nolan, Deputy Director, Community Development Financial Institutions Fund. [FR Doc. 2014–18792 Filed 8–7–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4810–70–P E:\FR\FM\08AUN1.SGM 08AUN1

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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 Calendar Year (CY) 2014 
Allocation Round of the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program

    Announcement Type: Announcement of NMTC allocation availability.

DATES: Electronic applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. ET on 
October 1, 2014. 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 22, 2014 (see Section III of this NOAA for more details).
    Executive Summary: This NOAA is issued in connection with the CY 
2014 allocation round (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), section 733 of the Tax Relief, 
Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 
(Pub. L. 111-312), and the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (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 the availability of up to $5.0 billion of NMTC 
investment authority, subject to Congressional authorization.
    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 2013 Allocation Round

    1. Allocation amounts: As described in Section IIA, the CDFI Fund 
anticipates that it will provide NMTC allocation awards for not more 
than $125 million of allocation per Allocatee.
    2. Prior QEI Issuance Requirements: In order to be eligible to 
apply for NMTC allocations in this Allocation 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 and deadlines have been revised in 
comparison to the CY 2013 NOAA.
    B. Program guidance and regulations: This NOAA provides guidance 
for the application and allocation of NMTCs for this Allocation 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 this 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 
$125 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 $125 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 22, 2014. 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 
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application; however, it must register as a CDE on the CDFI Fund's Web 
site on or before 5:00 p.m. ET on August 22, 2014. 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 change to the CDFI Fund, and the request must be received by the 
CDFI Fund by 5:00 p.m. ET on August 22, 2014. 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 application or allocation 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.
    An Allocatee in the CY 2009 allocation 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 January 30, 2015, it has finalized at least 95 percent of 
its QEIs relating to its CY 2009 NMTC allocation.
    An Allocatee in the CY 2010 allocation 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 January 30, 2015, it has: (i) Finalized at least 80 percent 
of its QEIs relating to its CY 2010 NMTC allocation; or (ii) it has 
finalized at least 70 percent of its QEIs and that at least 100 percent 
of its total CY 2010 NMTC allocation has been finalized, or has been 
committed by its investors.
    An Allocatee in the CY 2011 allocation 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 January 30, 2015, it has: (i) Finalized at least 70 percent 
of its QEIs relating to its CY 2011 NMTC allocation; or (ii) it has 
finalized at least 60 percent of its QEIs and that at least 80 percent 
of its total CY 2011 NMTC allocation has been finalized, or has been 
committed by its investors.
    An Allocatee (with the exception of a Rural CDE Allocatee) in the 
CY 2012 allocation 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 January 30, 
2015, it has: (i) Finalized at least 50 percent of its QEIs relating to 
its CY 2012 NMTC allocation; or (ii) it has finalized at least 40 
percent of its QEIs and that at least 60 percent of its total CY 2012 
NMTC allocation has been finalized, or has been committed by its 
investors. A prior Rural CDE Allocatee in the CY 2012 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 January 30, 2015, it has 
finalized at least 30 percent of its CY 2012 NMTC Allocation.
    An Allocatee (with the exception of a Rural CDE Allocatee) in the 
CY 2013 allocation 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 January 30, 
2015, it has: (i) Finalized at least 30 percent of its QEIs relating to 
its CY 2013 NMTC allocation; or (ii) finalized at least 20 percent of 
its QEIs and that at least 50 percent of its total CY 2013 NMTC 
allocation has been finalized, 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 2013 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 CY 2009 and CY 2013, 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 January 30, 2015, it has finalized 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 2012 allocation round may choose to exclude such 
allocations from this cumulative calculation, provided that the 
Allocatee has finalized at least 20 percent of its QEIs relating to its 
CY 2012 allocation. Rural CDEs that received allocations under the CY 
2013 allocation 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 ``finalized'' those QEIs that have been properly reported 
in the CDFI Fund's Allocation Tracking System (ATS) by the deadlines 
specified above. Allocatees and their Subsidiary Allocatees, 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 a QEI 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 January 30, 2017.
    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 Qualified 
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Income Community Investments (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 October 1, 2014 and Allocation 
Agreement Amendment requests by no later than November 1, 2014 in order 
to guarantee that the CDFI Fund completes all necessary approvals prior 
to January 30, 2015. 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) Pending determination of noncompliance or default: If an 
Applicant is a prior awardee or Allocatee under any CDFI Fund program 
and if: (i) It has submitted reports to the CDFI Fund that demonstrate 
potential noncompliance with or default under 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 noncompliance or 
default of its previous assistance, award or Allocation Agreement, the 
CDFI Fund will consider the Applicant's application under this NOAA 
pending final determination of whether the entity is in noncompliance 
or default, 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 reports to the CDFI Fund that 
demonstrate potential noncompliance with or default under 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 
noncompliance or default of its previous assistance, award or 
Allocation Agreement, the CDFI Fund will consider the Applicant's 
application under this NOAA pending final determination of whether the 
entity is in noncompliance or default, in the sole determination of the 
CDFI Fund.
    Notwithstanding the above, any Applicant or Affiliate that is in 
default under Section 3.2 of its previously executed Allocation 
Agreement is deemed ineligible under this NOAA if: (i) The CDFI Fund 
has made a determination that such Applicant is in default under 
Section 3.2 of a previously executed Allocation Agreement and (ii) the 
CDFI Fund has provided written notification of such determination to 
the Applicant. Moreover, any Applicant that is otherwise eligible as of 
the application deadline must continue to be compliant with Section 3.2 
of its Allocation Agreement(s) after the application deadline, in order 
for the CDFI Fund to continue evaluating its application. If an 
Applicant fails to do such, the CDFI Fund will no longer deem the 
Applicant eligible.
    (c) 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 deadline of the NOAA is within a period of time specified 
in a notification to the prior CDFI Fund awardee or Allocatee for 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 deadline of the NOAA is within a period of time specified 
in a notification to the prior CDFI Fund awardee or Allocatee for which 
any new application from the Affiliate to the CDFI Fund for an award, 
allocation, or assistance is prohibited.
    (d) Undisbursed award funds: The CDFI Fund will not consider an 
application submitted by an Applicant that is a prior awardee under the 
CDFI Program (CDFI), Native Initiatives (NI), and Bank Enterprise Award 
(BEA) 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 
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 2009, 2010, 2011 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 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 2009, 
2010, 2011 and 2012 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 Round 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 
de-obligated 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 
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complete disbursement request at least 30 business days prior to the 
application deadline of this NOAA.
    (e) 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 as 
necessary to ensure that all required 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 
Office of Certification, Compliance Monitoring, and Evaluation by email 
at ccme@cdfi.treas.gov or by telephone at (202) 653-0423. All 
disbursement questions related to the CDFI and NACA Programs should be 
directed to the CDFI Fund Help Desk by telephone (202) 653-0421 (Option 
1 for CDFI Program, Option 2 for the NACA Program) or via email at 
cdfihelp@cdfi.treas.gov. All disbursement questions related to the BEA 
Program should be directed to David Fleites, Policy and Program Officer 
by telephone at (202) 653-0355 or via email at fleitesd@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 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET, 
starting the date of publication of this NOAA through September 29, 
2014 (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 
5:00 p.m. ET on September 29, 2014 until after the funding application 
deadline of October 1, 2014.
    3. Failure to accurately respond to a question in the Assurances 
and Certifications section of the application and submit the required 
written explanation: In its sole discretion, the CDFI Fund may deem the 
Applicant's application ineligible, if the CDFI Fund determines that 
the Applicant inaccurately responded to a question and failed to submit 
a required written explanation, or accurately answered a question yet 
failed to submit a required written explanation, with respect to the 
application Assurances and Certifications. In making this 
determination, the CDFI Fund will take into consideration, among other 
factors, the materiality of the question, the substance of any 
supplemental responses provided, and whether the information in the 
Applicant's supplemental responses will have a material adverse effect 
on the Applicant, its financial condition or its ability to perform 
under an allocation agreement, should the Applicant receive an 
allocation.
    4. 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 
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 at least 
one Subsidiary within 60 days after the non-profit Applicant receives 
the Notice of Allocation (NOA) 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 does not 
already have a certified for-profit Subsidiary and that fails to submit 
a certification application for one or more for-profit Subsidiaries 
within 60 days of the date of the NOA from the CDFI Fund is subject to 
the CDFI Fund rescinding the award.
    5. 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 $125 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 
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at http://www.cdfifund.gov for more details).
    6. Entities created as a series of funds: An Applicant whose 
business structure consists of an entity with a series of funds must 
apply for CDE certification for each fund. 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 must submit a CDE certification application for 
the Applicant and each fund it would like to participate in the NMTC 
Program, 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 fund is a certified CDE that is a Subsidiary of the 
Applicant, enjoined to the Allocation Agreement as a Subsidiary 
Allocatee.
    7. 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, except if necessary and at the request of the CDFI Fund, 
to further explain the Assurances and Certifications section of the 
application. 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 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. Do not include any personal Social 
Security Numbers as part of the application.
    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 or higher on a Microsoft Windows-based computer (Windows 
Vista or higher), and optimally at least a 56Kbps Internet connection 
in order to meet the electronic application submission requirements. 
Use of other browsers (i.e., Firefox, Chrome, Safari), 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 
and the Online Application Instructions for this Round.
    D. Application submission dates and times:
    1. Application deadlines:
    (a) Electronic applications: Must be received by 5:00 p.m. ET on 
October 1, 2014. Electronic applications cannot be transmitted or 
received after 5:00 p.m. ET on October 1, 2014. 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 October 3, 2014. Attachments may 
not exceed a size limit of 5 megabytes (MB). See application 
instructions, provided in the electronic application and the Round 
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 
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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 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 Qualified 
Active Low Income Community Businesses (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 deploying products and services 
similar to those it intends to provide 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 Applicant proposing to purchase loans from CDEs, 
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: (i) Achieve 
significant and measurable community development outcomes in its Low-
Income Communities; (ii) invest in particularly economically distressed 
markets: (iii) engage with local communities regarding investments; and 
(iv) 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: (a) It articulates how its strategy is likely to produce 
significant and measurable community development outcomes that would 
not be achieved without NMTCs; (b) it is working in particularly 
economically distressed or otherwise underserved communities; (c) its 
activities are part of a broader neighborhood revitalization strategy; 
(d) it ensures that an investment into a project or business is 
supported by and will be beneficial to the surrounding community; and 
(e) it is likely to engage in activities that will spur additional 
private capital investment.
    3. Management Capacity (not scored in Phase 1): In assessing an 
Applicant's management capacity, CDFI Fund evaluators 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. CDFI Fund evaluators will also consider the extent to which an 
Applicant has protocols in place to ensure ongoing compliance with NMTC 
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representatives in the Governing Board and/or Advisory Board in 
approving investment criteria or decisions.
    An Applicant will be generally evaluated more favorably 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 be 
evaluated favorably 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 (Not scored in Phase 1): When assessing 
an Applicant's capitalization strategy, CDFI Fund evaluators 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; if a prior Allocatee, the track 
record of the Applicant or Controlling Entity in raising Qualified 
Equity Investments in the past five years, or if an Applicant or 
Controlling Entity have not raised Qualified Equity Investments in the 
past five years, the extent to which the Applicant has secured 
investments or 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 be evaluated more favorably under this section to the 
extent that: (a) It or its Controlling Entity is a prior Allocatee and 
has a superior track record in the past five years of raising Qualified 
Equity Investments or 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 be evaluated more favorably 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 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 the Business Strategy 
and Community Outcomes sections of 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 scored section 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 two 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 plus one half the priority points. 
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. Late Reports: In the case of an Applicant or any 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 any of the reporting 
deadlines set forth in any assistance, award or Allocation 
Agreement(s), if the reporting deadlines occurred during the period 
from September 18, 2013 to the application deadline in this NOAA 
(October 1, 2014).
    C. Allocations serving Non-Metropolitan counties: As provided for 
under Section 102(b) of the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 
(P.L. 109-432), the CDFI Fund shall ensure that non-metropolitan 
counties receive a proportional allocation of 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 
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Metropolitan counties. A Rural CDE is one that has a track record of at 
least three years of direct financing experience, has dedicated at 
least 50 percent of its direct financing dollars to Non-Metropolitan 
counties over the past five years, and has committed that at least 50 
percent of its NMTC financing dollars with this Allocation 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 
the Allocatees 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 by 
requiring any or all Allocatees to commit up to the maximum percentage 
of QLICIs that they indicated would be targeted to 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 formula reduction will be applied as uniformly as 
possible, to the allocation amount for all Allocatees in the pool that 
have not committed to investing a minimum of 20 percent of their QLICIs 
in Non-Metropolitan counties.
    D. Questions: All outstanding reports or compliance questions 
should be directed to the Office of Certification, Compliance 
Monitoring, and Evaluation by email at ccme@cdfi.treas.gov or by 
telephone at (202) 653-0423. 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 29, 
2014. 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 29, 2014 until after the funding application deadline of 
October 1, 2014.
    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, QALICB type, 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 an NMTC allocation 
application if information (including administrative errors or omission 
of information) 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 request 
information from Applicants for the sole purpose of obtaining, 
clarifying or confirming application information or omission of 
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 IRCSec.  45D, 
the reviewers' scores and the amount of allocation authority available. 
In the case of Applicants (or the Controlling Entity, or Affiliates) 
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Federal government or a State agency (or comparable entity), the CDFI 
Fund may request additional information from the Applicant regarding 
Assurances and Certifications or other information about the ability of 
the Applicant to effectively perform under the Allocation Agreement. 
The Allocation Recommendation Panel or 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. The 
CDFI Fund reserves the right to reject any NMTC Allocation Application 
if additional information is obtained that, after further due diligence 
and in the discretion of the CDFI Fund, would hinder the Applicant's 
ability to effectively perform under the Allocation Agreement. 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 
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

A. Allocation Award Compliance

    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 NOA or 
thereafter, the CDFI Fund reserves the right, in its sole discretion, 
to reject the application, delay entering into an Allocation Agreement, 
and/or 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 automated 
systems the CDFI Fund uses for receipt of reports submitted 
electronically typically acknowledges only a report's receipt; such an 
acknowledgment does not warrant that the report received was complete 
and therefore met reporting requirements. 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 determination of noncompliance or default: If an 
Allocatee is a prior awardee or Allocatee under any CDFI Fund program 
and if: (i) It has submitted reports to the CDFI Fund that demonstrate 
potential noncompliance with or a default under 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 noncompliance with 
or default under 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 final determination of whether the 
entity is in noncompliance or default, and determination of remedies, 
if applicable, in the sole determination of the CDFI Fund. Further, if 
an Affiliate of an Allocatee is a prior CDFI Fund awardee or Allocatee 
and if such entity: (i) Has submitted reports to the CDFI Fund that 
demonstrate potential noncompliance/default under 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 
noncompliance/default under 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 QEIs to 
investors, pending final determination of whether the entity is in 
noncompliance or default, and determination of remedies, if applicable, 
in the sole determination of the CDFI Fund. 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 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 is in default of a previously executed 
assistance, allocation, or assistance agreement(s); (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 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) 
(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.
    B. Allocation Agreement: Each Applicant that is selected to receive 
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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, including an approved legal opinion, 
within the deadlines set by the CDFI Fund.
    C. 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.
    D. Reporting: The CDFI Fund will collect information, on at least 
an annual basis from all Applicants that are 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 require the 
Applicant to retain information as the CDFI Fund deems necessary or 
desirable and shall provide such information to the CDFI Fund when 
requested 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 29, 2014. The CDFI Fund will 
not respond to phone calls or emails concerning the application that 
are received after 5:00 p.m. ET on September 29, 2014 until after the 
allocation application deadline of October 1, 2014. 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) 653-0422 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) 653-0422 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) 653-0421. 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) 653-0421. These are not toll free numbers.
    D. IRS support: For questions regarding the tax aspects of the NMTC 
Program, contact Jian Grant, Office of the Associate Chief Counsel 
(Passthroughs and Special Industries), IRS, by telephone at (202) 317-
4137, by facsimile at (202) 317-6731. These are not toll free numbers. 
Applicants wishing formal ruling request should see IRS Internal 
Revenue Bulletin 1401-1, issued January 2, 2014.

VIII. Information Sessions

    In connection with this NOAA, the CDFI Fund may conduct one or more 
information sessions 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.

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

    Dated: August 5, 2014.
Dennis Nolan,
Deputy Director, Community Development Financial Institutions Fund.
[FR Doc. 2014-18792 Filed 8-7-14; 8:45 am]
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