Funding Opportunity Title: Notice of Funds Availability Inviting Applications for the Fiscal Year 2017 Funding Round of the Capital Magnet Fund (CMF), 29984-29995 [2017-13722]

Download as PDF 29984 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 125 / Friday, June 30, 2017 / Notices the agency for alternate submission instructions. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Community Development Financial Institutions Fund Authority: 49 CFR 1.93(a), 46 U.S.C. 55103, 46 U.S.C. 12121. * * * * * By Order of the Maritime Administrator. Dated: June 26, 2017. Gabriel Chavez, Acting Secretary, Maritime Administration. [FR Doc. 2017–13816 Filed 6–29–17; 8:45 am] Funding Opportunity Title: Notice of Funds Availability Inviting Applications for the Fiscal Year 2017 Funding Round of the Capital Magnet Fund (CMF) Funding Opportunity Number: CDFI– 2017–CMF. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 21.011. Key Dates: Announcement Type: Announcement of funding opportunity. BILLING CODE 4910–81–P TABLE 1—FY 2017 CMF PROGRAM FUNDING ROUND—CRITICAL DEADLINES FOR APPLICANTS Description Deadline Time (eastern time—ET) Submission method SF–424 Mandatory form .................................. Last day to contact CMF Program Staff .......... July 28, 2017 .............. August 29, 2017 ......... 11:59 p.m. ET ............ 5:00 p.m. ET .............. CMF Application and Required Attachments ... August 31, 2017 ......... 5:00 p.m. ET .............. Electronically via Grants.gov. Service Request via Awards Management Information System (AMIS) or CDFI Fund Helpdesk: 202–653–0421 or cmf@ cdfi.treas.gov. Electronically via Awards Management Information System (AMIS). Executive Summary: The Capital Magnet Fund (CMF) is administered by the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund). Through the CMF, the CDFI Fund provides financial assistance grants to Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), and to qualified Nonprofit Organizations that have the development or management of affordable housing as one of their principal purposes. All awards provided through this Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) are subject to funding availability. to them in the CMF Interim Rule, the Application, or the Uniform Administrative Requirements. Details regarding Application content requirements are found in the Application and related materials at www.cdfifund.gov/cmf. B. History: The CDFI Fund was established by the Riegle Community Development Banking and Financial Institutions Act of 1994 to promote economic revitalization and community development through investment in and assistance to CDFIs. Since its creation in 1994, the CDFI Fund has awarded nearly $2.6 billion to CDFIs, community development organizations, and financial institutions through the CMF, Community Development Financial Institutions Program (CDFI Program), the Native American CDFI Assistance Program (NACA Program), the Bank Enterprise Award Program (BEA Program), and the Financial Education and Counseling Pilot Program. In addition, the CDFI Fund has allocated more than $50.5 billion in tax credit allocation authority through the New Markets Tax Credit Program (NMTC Program) and has obligated $1.1 billion in bond guarantees to Qualified Issuers and Eligible CDFIs through the CDFI Bond Guarantee Program. C. Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (2 CFR part 200): The Uniform Administrative Requirements codify financial, administrative, procurement, and program management standards that Federal award-making agencies must follow. Per the Uniform mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES I. Program Description A. Authorizing Statute and Regulation: The CMF was established through the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA), which added section 1339 to the Federal Housing Enterprises Financial Safety and Soundness Act of 1992. For a complete understanding of the program, the CDFI Fund encourages Applicants to review the CMF interim rule (12 CFR part 1807) as amended February 8, 2016 (the CMF Interim Rule), this NOFA, the environmental quality regulation (12 CFR part 1815), the CMF funding application (referred to hereafter as the ‘‘Application,’’ meaning the application submitted in response to this NOFA), and the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (2 CFR part 200; 78 FR 78590) (Uniform Administrative Requirements or UAR). Each capitalized term used in this NOFA, but not defined herein, shall have the respective meanings assigned VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:32 Jun 29, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00164 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Administrative Requirements, when evaluating award applications, awarding agencies must evaluate the risks to the program posed by each Applicant, and each Applicant’s merits and eligibility. These requirements are designed to ensure that Applicants for Federal assistance receive a fair and consistent review prior to an award decision. This review will assess items such as the Applicant’s financial stability, quality of management systems, history of performance, and single audit findings. In addition, the Uniform Administrative Requirements include guidance on audit requirements and other award compliance requirements for award Recipients. D. Priorities: The purpose of the CMF is to attract private capital for and increase investment in the Development, Preservation, Rehabilitation, or Purchase of Affordable Housing for primarily Extremely Low-Income, Very LowIncome, and Low-Income Families, as well as Economic Development Activities, which, In Conjunction With Affordable Housing Activities, implement a Concerted Strategy to stabilize or revitalize a Low-Income Area or Underserved Rural Area. In the FY 2017 funding round, the CDFI Fund will implement these priorities by funding: (i) Applications where a minimum of 20 percent of all Affordable Housing rental units that will be financed and/or supported with FY 2017 CMF Award dollars are targeted to Very Low-Income Families and a minimum of 20 percent of all Affordable Housing homeownership units that will E:\FR\FM\30JNN1.SGM 30JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 125 / Friday, June 30, 2017 / Notices mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES be financed and/or supported with FY 2017 CMF Award dollars are targeted to Low-Income Families; and (ii) Applications that leverage a higher amount of private capital to finance and/or support Affordable Housing Activities and Economic Development Activities. Additionally, the CDFI Fund seeks to fund Applications serving geographically diverse areas of economic distress, including Metropolitan Areas and Underserved Rural Areas. E. Funding limitations: The CDFI Fund reserves the right to fund, in whole or in part, any, all, or none of the Applications submitted in response to this NOFA. II. Federal Award Information A. Funding Availability: The CDFI Fund plans to make $119.5 million in awards for the CMF FY 2017 round under this NOFA. HERA prohibits the CDFI Fund from obligating more than 15 percent of the aggregate available CMF funding to any Applicant, its Subsidiaries and Affiliates in the same funding round. Affiliated entities are not allowed to apply separately under this NOFA. To provide an example of the size of awards in past CMF funding rounds, the CDFI Fund notes that in FY 2016 CMF round the statutory cap was $13.7 million, but the largest amount awarded was $5.5 million. Moreover, given administrative and compliance responsibilities for award Recipients, the CDFI Fund will not accept Applications in the FY 2017 round that request less than $500,000 and will not provide awards below $500,000 to any Applicant receiving an award in the FY 2017 CMF Round. The CDFI Fund reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to provide a CMF Award in an amount other than that which the Applicant requests; however, the award amount will not exceed the Applicant’s award request as stated in its Application. An Applicant may receive only one award through the FY 2017 CMF Program Funding Round. B. Types of Awards: The CDFI Fund will provide CMF Awards in the form of grants. CMF Awards must be used to support the eligible activities as set forth in 12 CFR 1807.301. CMF Awards cannot be ‘‘passed through’’ to thirdparty entities, whether Affiliates, Subsidiaries, or others, to undertake the eligible activities set forth in 12 CFR 1807.301, without the prior written approval of the CDFI Fund. C. Limitations on using CMF Awards in conjunction with other CDFI Fund awards/allocations: 1. A CMF Award Recipient may not use its CMF Award and awards/allocations from other CDFI VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:32 Jun 29, 2017 Jkt 241001 Fund programs to finance activities in the same property unless the CMF Award dollars are used to finance/ support a different ‘‘phase’’ of development than what is funded by other CDFI Fund program awards/ allocations. The separate phases of development financing are considered to be: (1) Predevelopment; (2) acquisition; (3) site work (preconstruction); (4) construction/ rehabilitation; (5) permanent financing; or (6) bridge financing between two or more phases. If the Recipient has received multiple CMF Awards, these awards are not subject to this phasing restriction and may be combined in the same Project phase. The term Recipient includes the CMF Award Recipient and any Affiliates. If providing Homeownership assistance, a CMF Award may be used in conjunction with awards/allocations from other CDFI Fund programs only if the Project can be divided into such phases, and the CMF Award is used in a different phase from the other CDFI Fund program awards/allocations. To clarify, a CMF Award cannot be used for a Homeownership property that is permanently financed (or supported) by both the Recipient’s CMF Award and an award/allocation from another CDFI Fund program (e.g., down payment assistance funded from CMF dollars may not be combined with a permanent mortgage funded from another CDFI Fund program). 2. Costs financed/supported by the Recipient’s other awards/allocations from CDFI Fund programs, including awards from prior CMF rounds, may not be counted or reported as Leveraged Costs for the CMF Award, as further set forth in the Assistance Agreement. While the Recipient’s other CMF Awards may be used to finance/support the same property, each award must separately meet the program requirements as outlined in the applicable Assistance Agreement and the CMF interim rule (12 CFR part 1807). The term Recipient includes the CMF Award Recipient and any Affiliates. In all cases, the CMF Award remains subject to the following restriction imposed by the CDFI Bond Guarantee Program: Award funds received under any CDFI Fund program cannot be used by any participant of the CDFI Bond Guarantee Program, including Qualified Issuers, Eligible CDFIs, and Secondary Borrowers, to pay principal, interest, fees, administrative costs, or issuance costs (including Bond Issuance Fees) related to the CDFI Bond Guarantee Program, or to fund the Risk Share Pool for a Bond Issue (all capitalized terms PO 00000 Frm 00165 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 29985 used in this sentence, other than ‘‘CMF Award’’, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in the CDFI Bond Guarantee Program regulations and applicable guidance). D. Anticipated Start Date and Period of Performance: The CDFI Fund anticipates the period of performance for the FY 2017 CMF Program Funding Round to begin in late 2017/early 2018. The period of performance for each CMF Award begins with the date that the CDFI Fund announces the Recipients of CMF Awards and continues until the end of the ten-year period of affordability, as set forth at 12 CFR 1807.401(d) and 12 CFR 1807.402, and as further set forth in the Assistance Agreement, during which time the Recipient must meet certain performance goals. E. Eligible Activities: A CMF Award must support or finance activities that attract private capital for and increase investment in (i) the Development, Preservation, Rehabilitation, or Purchase of Affordable Housing for primarily Low-, Very Low- and Extremely Low-Income Families, and (ii) Economic Development Activities. CMF Awards may only be used as follows: (i) to provide Loan Loss Reserves, (ii) to capitalize a Revolving Loan Fund, (iii) to capitalize an Affordable Housing Fund, (iv) to capitalize a fund to support Economic Development Activities, (v) for RiskSharing Loans, or (vi) to provide Loan Guarantees. No more than 30 percent of a CMF Award may be used for Economic Development Activities. For the FY 2017 CMF Round, the CDFI Fund will allow all Recipients to use up to 5 percent of their CMF Award for Direct Administrative Expenses. The amount available for Direct Administrative Expenses may only be used for direct costs (as defined by the Uniform Administrative Requirements) incurred by the Recipient and related to the financing and/or support of a Project. The CDFI Fund considers the tracking of impacts and outcomes associated with Projects financed and/or supported by a CMF Award to fall under Direct Administrative Expenses. Any portion of the amount available for Direct Administrative Expenses may be used for direct costs related to the effective tracking and evaluation of program or evidence-based outcomes for CMF-funded Projects. III. Eligibility Information A. Eligible Applicants: In order to be eligible to apply for a CMF Award, an Applicant must either be a Certified CDFI or a Nonprofit Organization, as defined in 12 CFR 1807.104. Table 2 E:\FR\FM\30JNN1.SGM 30JNN1 29986 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 125 / Friday, June 30, 2017 / Notices indicates the criteria that each entity type must meet in order to be eligible for a CMF Award pursuant to this NOFA. Note: A Certified CDFI that is also a Nonprofit Organization only needs to meet the Certified CDFI eligibility criteria described in Table 2, below, in order to be eligible for a CMF Award. TABLE 2—APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS Category Eligibility requirements Certified CDFI ................................. b Has been in existence as a legally formed entity for at least 3 years prior to the AMIS Application deadline under this NOFA; b Has been determined by the CDFI Fund to meet the CDFI certification requirements set forth in 12 CFR 1805.201 and as verified in the CDFI’s AMIS account as of the date of this NOFA; and b Has not been notified by the CDFI Fund that its certification is in default or has been terminated. b In cases where the CDFI Fund has provided a Certified CDFI with written notification that it no longer meets one or more certification standards and has been given an opportunity to cure, the CDFI Fund will continue to consider this Applicant to be a Certified CDFI until it has received a final determination that its certification has been terminated. b Has been in existence as a legally formed entity for at least 3 years prior to the AMIS Application deadline under this NOFA; b Demonstrates, through articles of incorporation, by-laws, or other board-approved documents, that the development or management of affordable housing are among its principal purposes; and b Demonstrates that at least thirty-three and one-third percent of its total assets are dedicated to the development or management of affordable housing. b All Applicants must submit the required Application documents listed in Table 4. b The CDFI Fund will only accept Applications that use the official application templates provided on the Grants.gov and AMIS websites. Applications submitted with alternative or altered templates will not be considered. b All Applicants must submit the required documents in two locations: (1) Grants.gov and (2) AMIS. Æ Grants.gov: Applicants must submit the OMB SF–424 Mandatory (Application for Federal Assistance) form. Æ AMIS: Applicants must submit all other required Application materials. Æ All Applicants must register in the Grants.gov and AMIS systems to submit an Application successfully. The CDFI Fund strongly encourages Applicants to register as early as possible. b Grants.gov and the SF–424 Mandatory form: Æ The SF–424 must be submitted in Grants.gov before the other Application materials are submitted in AMIS. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their SF–424 as early as possible via the Grants.gov portal. Æ Because the SF–424 is part of the Application, if the SF–424 is not accepted by Grants.gov, the CDFI Fund will not review any materials submitted in AMIS and the Application will be deemed ineligible. b AMIS: Æ AMIS is the CDFI Fund’s enterprise-wide information technology system that will be used to submit and store organization and Application information with the CDFI Fund. Æ Applicants are only allowed one submission in AMIS. b All Applicants must have a unique EIN assigned by the Internal Revenue Service. b The CDFI Fund will reject an Application submitted with the EIN of a parent or Affiliate organization. b Pursuant to OMB guidance (68 FR 38402), each Applicant must apply using its unique DUNS number in Grants.gov. b The CDFI Fund will reject an Application submitted with the DUNS number of a parent or Affiliate organization. b Each Applicant must register as an organization in AMIS and submit all required Application materials through the AMIS portal. b The Authorized Representative must be included as a ‘‘user’’ in the Applicant’s AMIS account. b An Applicant that fails to properly register and update its AMIS account may miss important communications from the CDFI Fund or not be able to successfully submit an Application. b Pursuant to 2 U.S.C. 1611, any 501(c)(4) organization that engages in lobbying activities is not eligible to apply for or receive a CMF Award. b An Applicant may not be eligible to receive an award if proceedings have been instituted against it in, by, or before any court, governmental agency, or administrative body, and a final determination within the last 3 years as of the date of the NOFA indicates the Applicant has violated any of the following laws: Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended (42 U.S.C.2000d); Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 794); the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (42 U.S.C. 6101–6107); Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, as amended (42 U.S.C. 3601 et seq.); and Executive Order 13166, Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency. Nonprofit Organization .................... Application type and submission overview through Grants.gov and Awards Management Information System (AMIS). Employer Identification Number (EIN). DUNS number ................................. Awards Management Information System (AMIS). 501(c)(4) status ............................... mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES Compliance with Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Statutes, Regulations, and Executive Orders. Any Applicant that does not meet the criteria in Table 2 is ineligible to apply for a CMF Award under this NOFA. Further, Section III.B describes additional considerations applicable to prior award Recipients and/or VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:32 Jun 29, 2017 Jkt 241001 Allocatees under any CDFI Fund program. B. Prior award Recipients and/or Allocatees: Applicants must be aware that success in a prior round of any of the CDFI Fund’s programs is not PO 00000 Frm 00166 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 indicative of success under this NOFA. Prior award Recipients and/or Allocatees under any CDFI Program are eligible to apply under this NOFA, except as noted in Table 3: E:\FR\FM\30JNN1.SGM 30JNN1 29987 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 125 / Friday, June 30, 2017 / Notices TABLE 3—ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICANTS WHICH ARE PRIOR AWARD RECIPIENTS Criteria Description Pending resolution of noncompliance. Noncompliance status ..................... The CDFI Fund will consider an Application submitted by an Applicant that has pending noncompliance issues if the CDFI Fund has not yet made a final compliance determination. b The CDFI Fund will not consider an Application submitted by an Applicant that has a previously executed award agreement(s) if, as of the date of the NOFA, (i) the CDFI Fund has made a determination that such entity is noncompliant with a previously executed agreement and (ii) the CDFI Fund has provided written notification that such entity is ineligible to apply for or receive any future CDFI Fund awards or allocations. Such entities will be ineligible to submit an Application for such time period as specified by the CDFI Fund in writing. b The CDFI Fund will not consider any Applicant that has defaulted on a CDFI program loan within five years of the AMIS Application deadline. C. Contacting the CDFI Fund: Accordingly, Applicants that are prior Recipients and/or Allocatees under any CDFI Fund program are advised to: (i) Comply with requirements specified in an Assistance Agreement, award agreement, allocation agreement, bond loan agreement, or agreement to guarantee. All outstanding reporting and compliance questions should be directed to the Certification, Compliance Monitoring, and Evaluation help desk by AMIS Service Requests or by telephone at (202) 653–0421. The CDFI Fund will not respond to Applicants’ reporting, compliance, or disbursement telephone calls or email inquiries that are received after 5:00 p.m. ET on August 29, 2017 until after the Application deadline. The CDFI Fund will respond to technical issues related to AMIS Accounts through 5:00 p.m. ET on August 31, 2017, via AMIS Service Requests, or at AMIS@ cdfi.treas.gov, or by telephone at (202) 653–0422. D. Cost sharing or matching funds requirements: Not applicable. E. Other Eligibility Criteria: 1. Debarment/Do not pay verification: The CDFI Fund will conduct a debarment check and will not consider an Application if the Applicant is delinquent on any Federal debt or otherwise ineligible to receive a Federal award. The Do Not Pay Business Center was developed to support Federal agencies in their efforts to reduce the number of improper payments made through programs funded by the Federal government and provides delinquency information to the CDFI Fund to assist with the debarment check. 2. Entities that Submit Applications Together with Affiliates: As part of the Application review process, the CDFI Fund considers whether Applicants are Affiliates, as such term is defined in 12 CFR1807.104. If an Applicant and its Affiliates wish to submit Applications, they must do so collectively, in one Application; an Applicant and its Affiliates may not submit separate Applications. If Affiliates submit multiple or separate Applications, the CDFI Fund will reject all such Applications received. Furthermore, an Applicant that receives an award in this CMF round may not become an Affiliate of another Applicant that receives an award in this CMF round at any time after the submission of a CMF Application under this NOFA. This requirement will also be a term and condition of the Assistance Agreement (see additional Application guidance materials on the CDFI Fund’s Web site at http:// www.cdfifund.gov/cmf for more details). 3. An Applicant will not be eligible to receive a CMF Award if the Applicant fails to demonstrate in the Application that its CMF Award would result in Eligible Project Costs (Leveraged Costs plus those costs funded by the CMF Award) that equal at least 10 times the amount of the CMF Award. Note that no costs attributable to Direct Administrative Expenses may be considered Eligible Project Costs. IV. Application and Submission Information A. Address to Request Application Package: Application materials can be found on the Grants.gov and the CDFI Fund’s Web site at www.cdfifund.gov/ cmf. Applicants may request a paper version of any Application material by contacting the CDFI Fund Help Desk by email at cmf@cdfi.treas.gov or by phone at (202) 653–0421. B. Content and Form of Application Submission: The CDFI Fund will post to its Web site, at www.cdfifund.gov/cmf, instructions for accessing and submitting an Application. Detailed Application content requirements are found in the Application and related guidance documents. All Applications must be prepared in English and calculations must be made in U.S. dollars. Table 4 lists the required funding Application documents for the FY 2017 CMF Program Funding Round. Applicants must submit all required documents for the Application to be deemed complete. The CDFI Fund reserves the right to request and review other pertinent or public information that has not been specifically requested in this NOFA or the Application. Information submitted by the Applicant that the CDFI Fund has not specifically requested will not be reviewed or considered as part of the Application. Information submitted must accurately reflect the Applicant’s activities. TABLE 4—FUNDING APPLICATION DOCUMENTS mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES Application document Submission format Required? Standard Form (SF) 424 Mandatory Form ............................................. CMF Application ...................................................................................... Fillable PDF in Grants.gov ............ AMIS .............................................. Required for all Applicants. Required for all Applicants. Attachments to the Application Audited financial statements (most recent 2 fiscal years) ...................... Any management letters related to the audited financial statements (most recent 2 fiscal years). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:32 Jun 29, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00167 Fmt 4703 PDF in AMIS .................................. PDF in AMIS .................................. Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\30JNN1.SGM Required for all Applicants. Required for all Applicants. 30JNN1 29988 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 125 / Friday, June 30, 2017 / Notices TABLE 4—FUNDING APPLICATION DOCUMENTS—Continued Application document Submission format Required? State Charter, Articles of Incorporation, or other establishing documents designating that the Applicant is a nonprofit or not-for-profit entity under the laws of the organization’s State of formation. A certification demonstrating tax exempt status from the IRS. For Applicants that are governmental instrumentalities only, and as long as all other eligibility requirements are met, the CDFI Fund will accept a legal opinion from counsel, in form and substance acceptable to the CDFI Fund, opining that the Applicant is exempt from federal taxation. Articles of incorporation, by-laws or other documents demonstrating that the Applicant has a principal purpose of managing or developing affordable housing. PDF in AMIS .................................. Required only for Applicants that are not Certified CDFIs. PDF in AMIS .................................. Required only for Applicants that are not Certified CDFIs. PDF in AMIS .................................. Required only for Applicants that are not Certified CDFIs. The CDFI Fund has a sequential, twostep process that requires the submission of Application documents in separate systems and on separate deadlines. The SF–424 form must be submitted through Grants.gov and all other application documents through the AMIS portal. The CDFI Fund will not accept Applications via email, mail, facsimile, or other forms of communication, except in extremely rare circumstances that have been preapproved by the CDFI Fund. The separate application deadlines for the SF–424 and all other Application materials are listed in Tables 1 and 5. Only the Authorized Representative or Application Point of Contact designated in AMIS may submit the Application through AMIS. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit the SF–424 as early as possible through Grants.gov to provide sufficient time to resolve any submission problems. Applicants should contact Grants.gov directly with questions related to the registration or submission process as the CDFI Fund does not administer the Grants.gov system. The CDFI Fund strongly encourages Applicants to start the Grants.gov registration process as soon as possible as it may take several weeks to complete (refer to the following link: http:// www.grants.gov/web/grants/ register.html). An Applicant that has previously registered with Grants.gov must verify that its registration is current and active. C. Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS): Pursuant to the Uniform Administrative Requirements, each Applicant must provide as part of its Application submission, a valid Dun & Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number. Any Applicant without a DUNS number will not be able to register and submit an Application in the Grants.gov system. Please allow sufficient time for Dun & Bradstreet to respond to inquiries and/or requests for DUNS numbers. D. System for Award Management (SAM): Any entity applying for Federal grants or other forms of Federal financial assistance through Grants.gov must be registered in SAM before submitting its Application materials through that platform. The SAM registration process can take several weeks to complete. Applicants that have previously completed the SAM registration process must verify that their SAM accounts are current and active. Each Applicant must continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an Application under consideration by a Federal awarding agency. The CDFI Fund will not consider any Applicant that fails to properly register or activate its SAM account and, as a result, is unable to submit its Application by the Application deadline. Applicants must contact SAM directly with questions related to registration or SAM account changes as the CDFI Fund does not maintain this system. For more information about SAM, please visit https://www.sam.gov. E. Submission Dates and Times: 1. Submission Deadlines: Table 5 lists the deadlines for submission of the documents related to the FY 2017 CMF Program Funding Round: TABLE 5—FY 2017 CMF DEADLINES FOR APPLICANTS Deadline Time—eastern time (ET) SF–424 Mandatory form ................ CMF Application and Required Attachments. mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES Document July 28, 2017 ................................ August 31, 2017 ........................... 11:59 pm ET ................................. 5:00 pm ET ................................... 2. Confirmation of Application Submission in Grants.gov and AMIS: Applicants are required to submit the OMB SF–424 Mandatory (Application for Federal Assistance) form through the Grants.gov system and must submit all other required Application materials through the AMIS Web site. Application materials submitted through each system are due by the applicable deadline listed in Table 5. Applicants VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:32 Jun 29, 2017 Jkt 241001 must submit the SF–424 by an earlier deadline than that of the other required application materials in AMIS. If the SF–424 is not successfully submitted through Grants.gov by the corresponding deadline, the CDFI Fund will not review any of the materials submitted in AMIS, and the Application will be deemed ineligible. Thus, Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit the SF–424 as early as possible PO 00000 Frm 00168 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Submission method Electronically via Grants.gov. Electronically via AMIS. in the Grants.gov portal since submission problems may impact the ability to submit the overall Application. (a) Grants.gov Submission Information: Each Applicant will receive an email from Grants.gov immediately after submitting the SF– 424 confirming that the submission has entered the Grants.gov system. This email will contain a tracking number for E:\FR\FM\30JNN1.SGM 30JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 125 / Friday, June 30, 2017 / Notices the submitted SF–424. Within 48 hours, the Applicant will receive a second email which will indicate if the submitted SF–424 was either successfully validated or rejected with errors. However, Applicants should not rely on the email notification from Grants.gov to confirm that their SF–424 was validated. Applicants are strongly encouraged to use the tracking number provided in the first email to closely monitor the status of their SF–424 by contacting the helpdesk at Grants.gov directly. The Application materials submitted in AMIS are not officially accepted by the CDFI Fund until Grants.gov has validated the SF–424. If using the Grants.gov Workspace function, please note that the Application package has not been submitted if you have not received a tracking number. (b) Award Management Information System (AMIS) Submission Information: AMIS is a web-based portal where Applicants will directly enter their Application information and add required attachments listed in Table 4. AMIS will verify that the Applicant provided the minimum information required to submit an Application. Applicants are responsible for the quality and accuracy of the information and attachments included in the Application submitted in AMIS. The CDFI Fund strongly encourages the Applicant to allow sufficient time to confirm the Application content, review the material submitted, and remedy any issues prior to the Application deadline. Applicants can only submit one Application in AMIS. Upon submission, the Application will be locked and cannot be resubmitted, edited, or modified in any way. The CDFI Fund will not unlock or allow multiple Application submissions. 3. Multiple Application Submissions: If an Applicant submits multiple SF– 424 Applications in Grants.gov, the CDFI Fund will only review the last SF– 424 Application submitted in Grants.gov. Applicants may only submit one Application through AMIS. 4. Late Submission: The CDFI Fund will not accept an Application submitted after the applicable Grants.gov or AMIS Application deadline, except where the submission delay was a direct result of a Federal government administrative or technological error. This exception includes any errors associated with Grants.gov, SAM.gov, AMIS or any other applicable government system. Please note that this exception does not apply to errors arising from obtaining a DUNS number from Dun & Bradstreet, which is not a government entity. An Applicant unable to make timely submission of its Application due to any errors in the process of obtaining a DUNS number will not be allowed to submit its Application after the application deadline has passed. In the event of a government administrative or technological error causing delay, the Applicant must submit a request for acceptance of late Application submission and include documentation of the error no later than two business days after the applicable Application deadline. The CDFI Fund will not respond to requests for acceptance of late Application submissions after that time period. Applicants must submit late Application submission requests via Service Request in AMIS with the subject line of ‘‘FY2017 CMF: Late Application Submission Request.’’ 5. Intergovernmental Review: Not Applicable. 6. Funding Restrictions: CMF Awards are limited by the following: (a) A Recipient shall use CMF Award funds only for the eligible activities set forth in 12 CFR 1807.301 and as described in Section II.C and Section II.E of this NOFA and its Assistance Agreement. (b) A Recipient may not disburse CMF Award funds to an Affiliate, Subsidiary, or any other entity without the CDFI Fund’s prior written approval. (c) CMF Award Payment shall only be made to the Recipient. (d) The CDFI Fund, in its sole discretion, may pay CMF Awards in amounts, or under terms and conditions, which are different from those requested by an Applicant. 7. Other Submission Requirements: Each Applicant must register as an organization in AMIS in order to submit the required Application materials through this portal. The Authorized 29989 Representative and/or application point(s) of contact must be included as ‘‘Contacts’’ in the Applicant’s AMIS account. The Authorized Representative must also be a ‘‘user’’ in AMIS and must electronically sign the Application prior to submission through AMIS. An Applicant that fails to properly register and update its AMIS account may miss important communications from the CDFI Fund or fail to submit an Application successfully. After submitting its Application, the Applicant will not be permitted to revise or modify its Application in any way or attempt to negotiate the terms of an award. V. Application Review Information A. Criteria: All complete and eligible Applications will be reviewed in accordance with the criteria and procedures described in the CMF Interim Rule, this NOFA, the Application guidance, and the Uniform Administrative Requirements. As part of the review process, the CDFI Fund reserves the right to contact the Applicant by telephone, email, mail, or through an on-site visit for the sole purpose of clarifying or confirming Application information at any point during the review process. The CDFI Fund reserves the right to collect such additional information from Applicants as it deems appropriate. If contacted, the Applicant must respond within the time period communicated by the CDFI Fund or its Application may be rejected. For the sake of clarity, specific application evaluation criteria are described in the context of the overall application review and selection process described in Section V.B. below. B. Review and Selection Process: The CDFI Fund will evaluate each complete and eligible Application using the multi-phase review process described in this Section. 1. Quantitative Assessment: Each complete and eligible Application will receive a numeric score based on the responses to quantitative questions in the Application. Applications may receive a score of up to 100 points based on the following factors outlined in Table 6. mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES TABLE 6—QUANTITATIVE ASSESSMENT FACTORS Section Points Business and Leveraging Strategy .. 40 .................... .................... 35 Community Impact ............................ VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:32 Jun 29, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Assessment criteria • • • • Private leverage multiplier, including the portion from 3rd parties. Reasonableness of projected activities based on track record. Applicant-level leverage multiplier. Percent of rental housing units targeted to Very Low-Income or below (50% of AMI or below). Frm 00169 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\30JNN1.SGM 30JNN1 29990 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 125 / Friday, June 30, 2017 / Notices TABLE 6—QUANTITATIVE ASSESSMENT FACTORS—Continued Section Points .................... mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES Financial Health ................................ Assessment criteria • Percent of homeownership units targeted to Low-Income or below (80% of AMI or below). • Commitment to only finance Economic Development Activities in Low-Income Areas. • Percent of housing units to be produced in Areas of Economic Distress. • Capitalization. • Operating Performance. • Net income. • Liquidity. • Audit Results. .................... .................... 25 .................... .................... .................... .................... Within the Business and Leveraging Strategy Section of the Quantitative Assessment, an Applicant will generally score more favorably to the extent it: Is leveraging a high multiplier of private capital, particularly third party capital; has a proven track record; and is leveraging some portion of capital at the Applicant-level. Within the Community Impact Section, an Applicant will generally score more favorably to the extent that it: Commits to producing a higher percentage of rental housing units targeted to Very Low-Income Families (if proposing to use CMF for rental housing); commits to producing a higher percentage of homeownership units targeted to Low-Income Families (if proposing to use CMF for homeownership); commits to only financing Economic Development Activities in Low-Income Areas (if proposing to use CMF for economic development); and commits to producing a higher percentage of units in Areas of Economic Distress. Areas of Economic Distress are census tracts: (a) Where at least 20 percent of households that are Very Low-Income (50% of AMI or below) spend more than half of their income on housing; or (b) where the unemployment rate is at least 1.5 times the national average; or (c) that are LowIncome Housing Tax Credit Qualified Census Tracts; or (d) where greater than 20 percent of households have incomes below the poverty rate and the rental vacancy rate is at least 10 percent; or (e) where greater than 20 percent of the households have incomes below the poverty rate and the homeownership vacancy rate is at least 10 percent; or (f) Are Underserved Rural Areas as defined in the CMF Interim Rule (as amended February 8, 2016; 12 CFR part 1807). Within the Financial Health section, Applicants will generally score more favorably to the extent that their 3-year financial data indicates: Strong capitalization, operating performance, and liquidity; positive net income; and that the Applicant has not had any negative results (e.g. opinion other than VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:32 Jun 29, 2017 Jkt 241001 unqualified; a ‘‘going concern paragraph;’’ repeat finding of reportable conditions; material weaknesses in internal control) in any of the three most recently completed annual audits. Once the quantitative score is determined, Applicants will be grouped into two categories: (1) Those with a maximum Non-Metropolitan Area investment of 50 percent or greater and (2) all other Applicants. Applicants in each category will be ranked in descending order based on their quantitative review score. The top 75 percent of Applications in each category will be forwarded to the next level of review: External Application Review. The CDFI Fund reserves the right to forward additional Applications to the External Application Review phase in order to ensure that a diversity of geographies are served by the Applicants reviewed in the External Application Review phase. The CDFI Fund also reserves the right not to implement the Quantitative Assessment if it receives fewer than 140 CMF Applications. 2. External Application Review: Applications that advance from the Quantitative Assessment will be separately scored by more than one external non-Federal reviewer who are selected based on criteria that include: A professional background in affordable housing and community and economic development finance with extensive background in affordable housing. These reviewers must complete the CDFI Fund’s conflict of interest process and be approved by the CDFI Fund. Reviewers will be assigned a set number of Applications to review. The reviewer will provide a score for each of the Applications assessed in accordance with the scoring criteria outlined in Section V.B.2 of this NOFA and the Application materials. The external reviewer’s evaluation will result in the Application being awarded up to 100 total points by each reviewer. These points will be distributed across three sections: Business and Leveraging Strategy (40 PO 00000 Frm 00170 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 possible points), Community Impact (35 possible points), and Organizational Capacity (25 possible points). An Applicant’s final External Application review score will be a composite based on the external reviewers’ evaluation and Quantitative Assessment factors. The majority of the score will be based on the external reviewers’ evaluation. (a) Business and Leveraging Strategy (40 points): In the Business and Leveraging Strategy section, the Applicant will address: (i) The needs of communities and persons in its proposed Service Area(s) and the extent to which the proposed strategy addresses these needs; (ii) the affordable housing and financing gaps addressed by its business strategy; (iii) the projected CMF activities and track record; (iv) plans to incorporate a CMF Award into project finance; (v) its strategy for leveraging private capital with a CMF Award, particularly thirdparty capital; and (vi) its strategy for leveraging its CMF Award at the Enterprise-level and/or through reinvestments (if applicable). An Applicant will generally score more favorably in the criteria evaluated by the external reviewer to the extent that it: (i) Clearly aligns its proposed CMF Award activities with the affordable housing and financing gaps it identifies; (ii) demonstrates that its projected activities are achievable based on the Applicant’s strategy and track record; (iii) describes a clear process for locating projects and proposes activities that have a clear need for CMF financing; (iv) has a clear strategy for and track record of leveraging private capital; and (v) has a clear strategy for and demonstrates a track record of leveraging funds at the enterprise-level and/or through re-investments (if applicable). (b) Community Impact (35 points): In the Community Impact Section, the Applicant will address: (i) Projected outcomes and impacts of Affordable Housing Activities and Economic Development Activities; (ii) its strategy and track record of producing housing E:\FR\FM\30JNN1.SGM 30JNN1 mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 125 / Friday, June 30, 2017 / Notices units targeted to Low-Income Families (for homeownership) and to Very LowIncome Families (for rental); (iii) if applicable, its strategy and track record of financing and/or supporting Economic Development Activities and how these activities will benefit the residents of nearby Affordable Housing; and (iv) its strategy for engaging lowincome stakeholders to inform its business strategy. An Applicant will generally score more favorably in the criteria evaluated by the external reviewer to the extent that it: (i) Demonstrates how the expected outcomes will address community needs; (ii) demonstrates a clear and compelling strategy for producing housing units targeted to Low-Income Families (for homeownership) and VeryLow Income Families (for rental); (iii) for Economic Development Activities, it demonstrates how its proposed Economic Development Activities fit within a Concerted Strategy and will benefit the residents of the surrounding Affordable Housing; and (iv) demonstrates that feedback from LowIncome stakeholders will inform the Applicant’s business strategy. (c) Organizational Capacity (25 points): In the Organizational Capacity section, the Applicant will discuss: (i) Its management team and key staff; (ii) the roles and responsibilities of those staff in managing a CMF Award; (iii) its past experience managing other Federal Awards; and (iv) its financial health and lending portfolio (if applicable). An Applicant will generally score more favorably in the criteria evaluated by the external reviewer to the extent that it demonstrates: (i) Strong qualifications of its key personnel with respect to their skills and experience identifying investments, underwriting similar projects, managing a portfolio of similar activities and ensuring compliance with program requirements; (ii) success in administering prior CMF Awards and/or other Federal program awards; (iii) strong financial health; and (iv) solid portfolio performance (if applicable). (d) Scoring anomaly: If, in the case of a particular Application, the reviewers’ total external Application review scores vary significantly, the CDFI Fund may, in its sole discretion, obtain the evaluation and numeric scoring of an additional reviewer to determine whether the anomalous score should be replaced with the score of the additional reviewer. 3. Internal Application Review: At the conclusion of the External Application Review phase, Applications will be ranked based on their external review score. Up to 50 of the highest scoring VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:32 Jun 29, 2017 Jkt 241001 Applications in the External Application Review phase will be forwarded to Internal Application Review in descending order of rank score to receive further consideration for an Award. These forwarded applications will constitute the highly qualified pool. During the Internal Application Review, CDFI Fund staff will prioritize the Applications in the highly qualified pool for award based on the following criteria: (i) Final external Application review score, (ii) alignment with CMF statutory and policy priorities, and (iii) the overall quality of the Applicant’s strategy. In assessing the Application’s alignment with CMF statutory and policy priorities, CDFI Fund staff will consider the following factors, including, but not limited to: The Applicant’s proposed outcomes and benefits in areas of economic distress; income targeting of the portfolio of affordable units to be produced; and the amount of third-party private capital that the Applicant will attract to its Service Area. In assessing the quality of the Applicant’s strategy, the CDFI Fund staff will consider the following factors, including, but not limited to: (i) The quality of the Applicant’s strategy with respect to how the strategy and financing activities address community needs; (ii) whether these outcomes are likely to be achieved if the Applicant’s strategy is implemented and the extent to which these outcomes are quantifiable and evidence-based; (iii) whether the Applicant’s projections are supported by its track record; (iv) whether the proposed financing activities will help to fill the financing gaps in their market; (v) whether the CMF funds will contribute to the Applicant offering more favorable rates and terms than are currently available in that market; (vi) the likely success of the strategy to leverage private capital; (vii) whether the strategy is adaptable to changing market conditions; (viii) whether the proposed deployment/ redeployment schedule is realistic and achievable; and (ix) whether the Applicant has the appropriate financial, organizational, and programmatic capacity to implement the strategy. The Internal Review will also include an analysis of the Applicant’s likely capacity to: Meet award management standards; file appropriate reports and address findings from audits; and the Applicant’s ability to effectively implement Federal requirements. Applicants may be re-prioritized for an award or award amounts may be reduced as a result of this analysis. In the case of an Applicant that has PO 00000 Frm 00171 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 29991 received awards from other Federal programs, the CDFI Fund reserves the right to contact officials from the appropriate Federal agency or agencies to determine whether the Recipient is in compliance with current or prior assistance agreements, and to take such information into consideration before making a CMF Award. In the case of an Applicant that has previously received funding through any CDFI Fund program, the CDFI Fund will consider and may, in its discretion, deduct up to 5 points from the External Application Review score for those Applicants (or their Affiliates) that, within 24 months prior to the Application deadline, are late in meeting reporting requirements for existing awards. 4. Selection: Once Applications have been internally evaluated and preliminary award determinations have been made, the Applications will be forwarded to a selecting official for a final award determination. After preliminary award determinations are made, the selecting official will review the list of potential Recipients to determine whether the Recipient pool meets the following statutory objectives: (a) The potential Recipients’ proposed Service Areas collectively represent broad geographic coverage throughout the United States; and (b) The potential Recipients’ proposed activities equitably represent both Metropolitan Areas and NonMetropolitan Areas, as defined in the CMF Interim Rule, and as further set forth in the Application. To the extent practicable, the CDFI Fund reserves the right to modify CMF Award amounts and/or the CMF Recipient pool if deemed necessary to achieve either of these desired outcomes. In order to evaluate the geographic coverage of the potential CMF Recipient pool, Applicants will be asked to designate one of the following three Service Area types in their Applications: Local, Statewide, or Multi-State. These Service Area types are further defined in the Application; the largest Service Area an Applicant can propose is a 10 state Multi-State Service Area. To achieve greater investment in Non-Metropolitan Areas and/or broader geographic coverage, the CDFI Fund may consider an Application ranked outside of the highly qualified pool to receive an award. However, the CDFI Fund will not award an Application that scores in the bottom 50 percent of the External Review score rankings. In cases where the selecting official’s award determination varies significantly from the initial CMF Award amount recommended by the CDFI Fund staff E:\FR\FM\30JNN1.SGM 30JNN1 29992 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 125 / Friday, June 30, 2017 / Notices review, the CMF Award recommendation will be forwarded to a reviewing official for final determination. The CDFI Fund, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to reject an Application and/or adjust CMF Award amounts as appropriate based on information obtained during the review process. (c) Insured Depository Institution Applicants: In the case of Applicants that are Insured Depository Institutions or Insured Credit Unions, the CDFI Fund will consider safety and soundness information from the Appropriate Federal Banking Agency or Appropriate State Agency, as applicable. If the Applicant is a CDFI Depository Institution Holding Company, the CDFI Fund will consider information provided by the Appropriate Federal Banking Agency and Appropriate State Agency about both the CDFI Depository Institution Holding Company and the CDFI Insured Depository Institution that will expend and carry out the award. If the Appropriate Federal Banking Agency or Appropriate State Agency identifies safety and soundness concerns, the CDFI Fund will assess whether the concerns cause or will cause the Applicant to be incapable of undertaking the activities for which funding has been requested. 5. Right of Rejection: The CDFI Fund reserves the right to reject an Application if information (including administrative errors) comes to the attention of the CDFI Fund that adversely affects an Applicant’s eligibility for an award, adversely affects the CDFI Fund’s evaluation or scoring of an Application, or indicates fraud or mismanagement on the Applicant’s part. 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. The CDFI Fund 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 award decisions. The CDFI Fund’s award decisions are final. 6. Anticipated Award Announcement: The CDFI Fund anticipates making CMF Award announcements in late 2017 or early 2018. VI. Federal Award Administration Information A. Award Notification: Each successful Applicant will receive an email notification from the CDFI Fund stating that its Application has been approved for an award. Each Applicant not selected for an award will receive an email stating that a debriefing document has been provided in its AMIS account. B. Administrative and National Policy Requirements: The CDFI Fund may, in its discretion and without advance notice to the Recipient, terminate the award or take other actions as it deems appropriate if, prior to entering into an Assistance Agreement, information (including an administrative error) comes to the CDFI Fund’s attention that adversely affects the following: The Recipient’s eligibility for an award; the CDFI Fund’s evaluation of the Application; the Recipient’s compliance with any requirement listed in the Uniform Requirements; or indicates fraud or mismanagement on the Recipient’s part. If the Recipient’s certification status as a CDFI changes, the CDFI Fund reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to re-calculate the CMF Award, or modify the Assistance Agreement based on the Recipient’s non-CDFI status. By executing an Assistance Agreement, the Recipient agrees that, if the CDFI Fund becomes aware of any information (including an administrative error) prior to the Effective Date of the Assistance Agreement that either adversely affects the Recipient’s eligibility for an CMF Award, or adversely affects the CDFI Fund’s evaluation of the award Recipient’s Application, or indicates fraud or mismanagement on the part of the Recipient, the CDFI Fund may, in its discretion and without advance notice to the Recipient, terminate the Assistance Agreement or take other actions as it deems appropriate. The CDFI Fund reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to rescind an award if the Recipient fails to return the Assistance Agreement, signed by an Authorized Representative of the award Recipient, and/or provide the CDFI Fund with any other requested documentation, within the CDFI Fund’s deadlines. In addition, the CDFI Fund reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate and rescind the Assistance Agreement and the award made under this NOFA for any criteria described in Table 7: TABLE 7—REQUIREMENTS PRIOR TO EXECUTING AN ASSISTANCE AGREEMENT Criteria Failure to meet reporting requirements. mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES Requirement If a Recipient is a prior CDFI Fund award Recipient or Allocatee under any CDFI Fund program and is not current on the reporting requirements set forth in the previously executed assistance, award, allocation, bond loan agreement(s), or agreement to guarantee, as of the date of the Notice of Award, the CDFI Fund reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to delay entering into an Assistance Agreement and/or to delay making a Payment of CMF Award, until said prior Recipient or Allocatee is current on the reporting requirements in the previously executed assistance, award, allocation, bond loan agreement(s), or agreement to guarantee. Please note that automated systems employed by the CDFI Fund for receipt of reports submitted electronically typically acknowledge only a report’s receipt; such acknowledgment does not warrant that the report received was complete, nor that it met reporting requirements. If said prior Recipient 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 Notice of Award and the CMF Award made under this NOFA. A Recipient must be a Certified CDFI or an eligible Nonprofit Organization, as each is defined in the CMF Interim Rule and this NOFA, prior to entering into an Assistance Agreement as well as during the application process. If, at any time prior to entering into an Assistance Agreement under this NOFA, an Applicant that is a Certified CDFI has submitted reports (or failed to submit an annual certification report as instructed by the CDFI Fund) to the CDFI Fund that demonstrate noncompliance with the requirements for certification, but the CDFI Fund has yet to make a final determination regarding whether or not the entity is Certified, the CDFI Fund reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to delay entering into an Assistance Agreement and/or to delay making a Payment of CMF Award, pending full resolution, in the sole determination of the CDFI Fund, of the noncompliance. If the Applicant is unable to meet this requirement, in the sole determination of the CDFI Fund, the CDFI Fund reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate and rescind the Notice of Award and the CMF Award made under this NOFA. Failure to maintain CDFI Certification (if applicable) or eligible Nonprofit Organization status (if applicable). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:32 Jun 29, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00172 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\30JNN1.SGM 30JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 125 / Friday, June 30, 2017 / Notices 29993 TABLE 7—REQUIREMENTS PRIOR TO EXECUTING AN ASSISTANCE AGREEMENT—Continued Requirement Pending resolution of noncompliance. Default or Noncompliance status. Final Default and Sanctions Compliance with Federal civil rights requirements. Do Not Pay ........................... mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES Safety and soundness ......... Criteria If, at any time prior to entering into an Assistance Agreement under this NOFA, an Applicant that is a prior CDFI Fund award Recipient or Allocatee under any CDFI Fund program has submitted reports to the CDFI Fund that demonstrate noncompliance with a previous assistance, award, or allocation agreement, but the CDFI Fund has yet to make a final determination regarding whether or not the entity is in default of its previous assistance, award, allocation, bond loan agreement, or agreement to guarantee, the CDFI Fund reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to delay entering into an Assistance Agreement and/or to delay making a Payment of CMF Award, pending full resolution, in the sole determination of the CDFI Fund, of the noncompliance. If said prior Recipient or Allocatee is unable to meet this requirement, in the sole determination of the CDFI Fund, the CDFI Fund reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate and rescind the Notice of Award and the CMF Award made under this NOFA. If, at any time prior to entering into an Assistance Agreement, the CDFI Fund determines that a Recipient is in default of a previously executed agreement with the CDFI Fund and the Recipient has been provided written notification of such determination, the CDFI Fund can delay entering into an Assistance Agreement, until the Recipient has cured the default, if applicable, by taking actions the CDFI Fund has specified within the specified timeframe. Further, if, at any time prior to entering into an Assistance Agreement, the CDFI Fund determines that a Recipient is noncompliant with an FY 2015 agreement, or with agreements for fiscal years thereafter, under any CDFI Fund program, the CDFI Fund can delay entering into an Assistance Agreement, until the Recipient has cured the noncompliance by taking actions the CDFI Fund has specified within the specified timeframe. If the Recipient is unable to meet the cure requirement, if applicable, within the specified timeframe, the CDFI Fund may terminate and rescind the Assistance Agreement and the CMF Award made under this NOFA. If the CDFI Fund has found the Recipient in final default of a prior executed agreement and provided notification of sanctions, the CDFI Fund may delay entering into an Assistance Agreement with the Recipient, impose conditions prior to entering in Assistance Agreement, or modify or rescind the CMF Award made under this NOFA within the time period specified in such notification. The CDFI Fund will terminate and rescind the Assistance Agreement and the CMF Award made under this NOFA if, prior to entering into an Assistance Agreement under this NOFA, the Recipient receives a final determination, made within the last 3 years, in any proceeding instituted against the Recipient in, by, or before any court, governmental, or administrative body or agency, declaring that the CMF Award Recipient has violated the following laws: Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended (42 U.S.C. 2000d); Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 794); the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (42 U.S.C. 6101–6107); Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, as amended (42 U.S.C. 3601 et seq.); and Executive Order 13166, Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency. The Do Not Pay Business Center was developed to support Federal agencies in their efforts to reduce the number of improper payments made through programs funded by the Federal government. The CDFI Fund reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to rescind an award if the award Recipient is identified as ineligible to be a Recipient on the Do Not Pay database. If it is determined that the Recipient is or will be incapable of meeting its CMF Award obligations, the CDFI Fund will deem the Recipient to be ineligible or require it to improve safety and soundness conditions prior to entering into an Assistance Agreement. C. Assistance Agreement: Each Applicant that is selected to receive an award under this NOFA must enter into an Assistance Agreement with the CDFI Fund in order to become a Recipient and receive Payment. Each CMF Award under this NOFA generally will have a period of performance that begins with the announcement date of the award and continues until the end of the period of affordability, as set forth at 12 CFR 1807.401(d) and 12 CFR 1807.402, and as further set forth in the Assistance Agreement. 1. The Assistance Agreement will set forth certain required terms and conditions of the CMF Award, which will include, but not be limited to: (a) The amount of the award; (b) The approved uses of the award; (c) The approved Service Area in which the award may be used; (d) Performance goals and measures; and (e) Reporting requirements for all Recipients. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:32 Jun 29, 2017 Jkt 241001 2. The Assistance Agreement shall provide that, prior to any determination by the CDFI Fund that a Recipient has failed to comply substantially with the Act, the CMF Interim Rule, or the environmental quality regulations, the CDFI Fund shall provide the Recipient with reasonable notice and opportunity for hearing. For failure by the Recipient to comply substantially with the Assistance Agreement, the CDFI Fund may: (a) Require changes in the performance goals set forth in the Assistance Agreement; (b) Reduce or terminate the CMF Award; or (c) Require repayment of any CMF Award that has been distributed to the Recipient. 3. The Assistance Agreement shall also provide that, if the CDFI Fund determines noncompliance with the terms and conditions of the Assistance Agreement on the part of the Recipient, the CDFI Fund may: PO 00000 Frm 00173 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (a) Bar the Recipient from reapplying for any assistance from the CDFI Fund; or (b) Take such other actions as the CDFI Fund deems appropriate or as set forth in the Assistance Agreement. 4. In addition to entering into an Assistance Agreement, each Applicant selected to receive a CMF Award must furnish to the CDFI Fund a certificate of good standing from the jurisdiction in which it was formed. The CDFI Fund may, in its sole discretion, also require the Applicant to furnish an opinion from its legal counsel, the content of which may be further specified in the Assistance Agreement, and which, among other matters, opines that: (a) The Recipient is duly formed and in good standing in the jurisdiction in which it was formed and the jurisdiction(s) in which it transacts business; (b) The Recipient has the authority to enter into the Assistance Agreement and E:\FR\FM\30JNN1.SGM 30JNN1 29994 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 125 / Friday, June 30, 2017 / Notices undertake the activities that are specified therein; (c) The Recipient has no pending or threatened litigation that would materially affect its ability to enter into and carry out the activities specified in the Assistance Agreement; (d) The Recipient is not in default of its articles of incorporation or formation, bylaws or operating agreements, other organizational or establishing documents, or any agreements with the Federal government; and (e) The CMF affordability restrictions that are to be imposed by deed restrictions, covenants running with the land, or other CDFI Fund approved mechanisms are recordable and enforceable under the laws of the State and locality where the Recipient will undertake its CMF activities. D. Paperwork Reduction Act: 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. If applicable, the CDFI Fund may inform Applicants that they do not need to provide certain Application information otherwise required. Pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act, the CMF Program Application has been assigned the following control number: 1559–0036. E. Reporting: The CDFI Fund will require each Recipient that receives a CMF Award through this NOFA to account for and report to the CDFI Fund on the use of the CMF Award. This will require Recipients to establish administrative controls, subject to the Uniform Administrative Requirements and other applicable OMB guidance. The CDFI Fund will collect information from each such Recipient on its use of the CMF Award at least once following Payment and more often if deemed appropriate by the CDFI Fund in its sole discretion. The CDFI Fund will provide guidance to Recipients outlining the format and content of the information required to be provided to describe how the funds were used. The CDFI Fund may collect information from each Recipient including, but not limited to, an Annual Report with the components listed in Table 8: TABLE 8—REPORTING REQUIREMENTS Criteria Description Single Audit Narrative Report (or like report) ..... The Recipient must submit, via AMIS, a Single Audit Narrative Report for each year of its period of performance notifying the CDFI Fund whether it is required to have a single audit pursuant to OMB Single Audit requirements. A Recipient that is a non-profit entity that expends $750,000 or more in Federal Awards during its fiscal year must have a single audit conducted for that year. If a Recipient is required to complete a Single Audit Report, it should be submitted to the Federal Audit Clearinghouse. See 2 CFR part 200, subpart F-Audit Requirements in the Uniform Federal Award Requirements. For-profit award Recipients will be required to complete and submit a similar report directly to the CDFI Fund. The Recipient must submit a performance report not less than annually, which is a progress report on the Recipient’s use of the CMF Award towards meeting its Performance Goals, affordable housing outcomes, and the Recipient’s overall performance. The CMF performance report covers the Announcement Date through the Investment Period for the CMF Award and the ten-year Affordability Period for each project. The Investment Period shall mean the period beginning with the effective date of the Assistance Agreement and ending not earlier than the fifth year anniversary of the effective date or as otherwise established in the Assistance Agreement. The Affordability Period shall mean, for each CMF-funded project, the period beginning on the date when the project is placed into service and consisting of the full ten consecutive years thereafter or as otherwise established in the Assistance Agreement. If the award Recipient fails to meet a performance goal or reporting requirements, it must submit the Explanation of Noncompliance via AMIS. Single Audit (if applicable) (or similar report) ..... Performance Report ............................................ mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES Explanation of Noncompliance (as applicable) or successor report. Each Recipient is responsible for the timely and complete submission of the annual reporting documents. The CDFI Fund will use such information to monitor each Recipient’s compliance with the requirements set forth in the Assistance Agreement and to assess the impact of the CMF. 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 notice to Recipients. F. Financial Management and Accounting: The CDFI Fund will require Recipients to maintain financial management and accounting systems that comply with Federal statutes, regulations, and the terms and conditions of the CMF Award. These VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:32 Jun 29, 2017 Jkt 241001 systems must be sufficient to permit the preparation of reports required by general and program specific terms and conditions, including the tracing of funds to a level of expenditures adequate to establish that such funds have been used in accordance with the Federal statutes, regulations, and the terms and conditions of the CMF Award. The cost principles used by Recipients must be consistent with Federal cost principles; must support the accumulation of costs as required by the principles; and must provide for adequate documentation to support costs charged to the CMF Award. In addition, the CDFI Fund will require Recipients to: Maintain effective internal controls; comply with applicable statutes and regulations, the PO 00000 Frm 00174 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Assistance Agreement, and related guidance; evaluate and monitor compliance; take action when not in compliance; and safeguard personally identifiable information. VII. Agency Contacts A. Availability: The CDFI Fund will respond to questions and provide support concerning this NOFA and the Application between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET, starting on the date of the publication of this NOFA until the close of business on the third day preceding the Application deadline. The CDFI Fund will not respond to questions or provide support concerning the Application that are received after 5:00 p.m. ET on said date, until after the Application deadline. CDFI Fund IT support will be available until 5:00 p.m. E:\FR\FM\30JNN1.SGM 30JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 125 / Friday, June 30, 2017 / Notices ET on date of the Application deadline. 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/cmf. The CDFI Fund will post on its Web site responses to 29995 questions of general applicability regarding the CMF. B. The CDFI Fund’s contact information is listed in Table 9: TABLE 9—CONTACT INFORMATION Type of question Telephone number (not toll free) CMF .......................................................... CDFI Certification ..................................... Compliance Monitoring and Evaluation .... Information Technology Support .............. 202–653–0421 202–653–0421 202–653–0421 202–653–0422 The preferred method of contact is to submit a Service Request (SR) within AMIS. For a CMF Application question, select ‘‘General Inquiry’’ for the record type and select ‘‘CMF-Application’’ for the type. For a CDFI Certification or Compliance question, select ‘‘General Inquiry’’ for the record type and select the appropriate type. For Information Technology, select ‘‘General Inquiry’’ for the record type and select ‘‘CMF– AMIS technical problem’’ for the type. Failure to select the appropriate type of SR could result in delays in responding to your question. C. Communication with the CDFI Fund: The CDFI Fund will use AMIS to communicate with Applicants and Recipients, using the contact information maintained in their respective AMIS accounts. Therefore, the Recipient and any Subsidiaries, signatories, and Affiliates must maintain accurate contact information (including contact persons and Authorized Representatives, email addresses, fax numbers, phone numbers, and office addresses) in its AMIS account(s). For more information about AMIS please see the Help documents posted at https://amis.cdfifund.gov/s/Training. Authority: Pub. L. 110–289. 12 U.S.C. 4701, 12 CFR part 1805, 12 CFR part 1807, 12 CFR part 1815, 12 U.S.C. 4502. Mary Ann Donovan, Director, Community Development Financial Institutions Fund. [FR Doc. 2017–13722 Filed 6–29–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4810–70–P mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Office of Foreign Assets Control Sanctions Actions Pursuant to Executive Orders Office of Foreign Assets Control, Department of the Treasury. AGENCY: ACTION: Notice. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:32 Jun 29, 2017 Jkt 241001 Email addresses/AMIS Service Request Submit Submit Submit Submit an an an an AMIS AMIS AMIS AMIS Service Service Service Service Request Request Request Request The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is publishing the names of persons whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to the following authorities: Executive Order (E.O.) 13660, E.O. 13661, and E.O. 13685, or who are subject to the prohibitions of one or more directives under E.O. 13662. DATES: OFAC’s actions described in this notice were effective on June 20, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control: Assistant Director for Licensing, tel.: 202–622– 2480, Assistant Director for Regulatory Affairs, tel.: 202–622–4855, Assistant Director for Sanctions Compliance & Evaluation, tel.: 202–622–2490; or the Department of the Treasury’s Office of the Chief Counsel (Foreign Assets Control), Office of the General Counsel, tel.: 202–622–2410. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Electronic Availability The list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN List) and additional information concerning OFAC sanctions programs are available on OFAC’s Web site at http://www.treasury.gov/ofac. A complete listing of persons determined to be subject to one or more directives under E.O. 13662, as discussed in detail in this Notice, can be found in the Sectoral Sanctions Identifications List at http://Start Printed Page 95304www.treasury.gov/resourcecenter/sanctions/SDN-List/Pages/ ssi_list.aspx. Notice of OFAC Actions On June 20, 2017, OFAC blocked the property and interests in property of the following persons pursuant to E.O. 13660, ‘‘Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine’’: 1. MURATOV, Aleksey (a.k.a. MURATOV, Aleksey Valentinovich PO 00000 Frm 00175 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 in AMIS or cmf@cdfi.treas.gov. in AMIS. in AMIS. or email AMIS@cdfi.treas.gov. (Cyrillic: VEHFNJD, Fktrctq Dfktynbyjdbx); a.k.a. MURATOV, Alexei), Moscow, Russia; Donetsk, Ukraine; DOB 17 Feb 1978; Gender Male (individual) [UKRAINE– EO13660]. 2. BULGAKOV, Vadim Viktorovich, Crimea, Ukraine; DOB 30 Jan 1969; POB Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine; Gender Male (individual) [UKRAINE– EO13660]. 3. KHORSHEVA, Natalya Ivanovna (a.k.a. KHORSHEVA, Nataliya; a.k.a. KHORSHEVA, Natalya), Luhansk, Ukraine; DOB 14 Jul 1972; Gender Female (individual) [UKRAINE– EO13660]. 4. JAROSH, Petr Grigorievich (a.k.a. YAROSH, Petro; a.k.a. YAROSH, Pyotr), Crimea, Ukraine; DOB 30 Jan 1971; POB Skvortsovo village, Simferopol region, Crimea, Ukraine; Gender Male (individual) [UKRAINE– EO13660]. 5. KOSTRUBITSKY, Aleksey Aleksandrovich (a.k.a. KOSTRUBITSKIJ, Aleksej Aleksandrovich; a.k.a. KOSTRUBITSKY, Alexei; a.k.a. KOSTRUBITSKY, Olexiy Oleksandrovych; a.k.a. KOSTRUBYTSKYY, Oleksiy), in/h A– 0050, Donetsk, Ukraine; DOB 24 Aug 1978; POB Russia; Gender Male (individual) [UKRAINE–EO13660]. 6. DIKIY, Aleksey Aleksandrovich (a.k.a. DIKIJ, Aleksej Aleksandrovich; a.k.a. DIKIY, Olexiy Oleksandrovych; a.k.a. DYKYY, Oleksiy), Donetsk, Ukraine; DOB 05 Jul 1974; Gender Male (individual) [UKRAINE– EO13660]. 7. NIKITINA, Irina (a.k.a. NIKITINA, Irina Petrovna; a.k.a. NIKITINA, Iryna Petrivna), Ukraine; DOB 17 May 1968; Gender Female (individual) [UKRAINE–EO13660]. 8. KAMSHILOV, Oleg Anatolievich, Crimea, Ukraine; DOB 1969; POB Piketnoy Marjanovsky District, Omsk Region, Russia; nationality Russia; Gender Male (individual) [UKRAINE– EO13660]. E:\FR\FM\30JNN1.SGM 30JNN1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

Community Development Financial Institutions Fund


Funding Opportunity Title: Notice of Funds Availability Inviting 
Applications for the Fiscal Year 2017 Funding Round of the Capital 
Magnet Fund (CMF)

    Announcement Type: Announcement of funding opportunity.
    Funding Opportunity Number: CDFI-2017-CMF.
    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 21.011.
    Key Dates:

                  Table 1--FY 2017 CMF Program Funding Round--Critical Deadlines for Applicants
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             Description                       Deadline         Time (eastern time--ET)     Submission method
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SF-424 Mandatory form................  July 28, 2017..........  11:59 p.m. ET..........  Electronically via
                                                                                          Grants.gov.
Last day to contact CMF Program Staff  August 29, 2017........  5:00 p.m. ET...........  Service Request via
                                                                                          Awards Management
                                                                                          Information System
                                                                                          (AMIS) or CDFI Fund
                                                                                          Helpdesk: 202-653-0421
                                                                                          or cmf@cdfi.treas.gov.
CMF Application and Required           August 31, 2017........  5:00 p.m. ET...........  Electronically via
 Attachments.                                                                             Awards Management
                                                                                          Information System
                                                                                          (AMIS).
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    Executive Summary: The Capital Magnet Fund (CMF) is administered by 
the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund). 
Through the CMF, the CDFI Fund provides financial assistance grants to 
Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), and to qualified 
Nonprofit Organizations that have the development or management of 
affordable housing as one of their principal purposes. All awards 
provided through this Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) are subject 
to funding availability.

I. Program Description

    A. Authorizing Statute and Regulation: The CMF was established 
through the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA), which 
added section 1339 to the Federal Housing Enterprises Financial Safety 
and Soundness Act of 1992. For a complete understanding of the program, 
the CDFI Fund encourages Applicants to review the CMF interim rule (12 
CFR part 1807) as amended February 8, 2016 (the CMF Interim Rule), this 
NOFA, the environmental quality regulation (12 CFR part 1815), the CMF 
funding application (referred to hereafter as the ``Application,'' 
meaning the application submitted in response to this NOFA), and the 
Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit 
Requirements for Federal Awards (2 CFR part 200; 78 FR 78590) (Uniform 
Administrative Requirements or UAR). Each capitalized term used in this 
NOFA, but not defined herein, shall have the respective meanings 
assigned to them in the CMF Interim Rule, the Application, or the 
Uniform Administrative Requirements. Details regarding Application 
content requirements are found in the Application and related materials 
at www.cdfifund.gov/cmf.
    B. History: The CDFI Fund was established by the Riegle Community 
Development Banking and Financial Institutions Act of 1994 to promote 
economic revitalization and community development through investment in 
and assistance to CDFIs. Since its creation in 1994, the CDFI Fund has 
awarded nearly $2.6 billion to CDFIs, community development 
organizations, and financial institutions through the CMF, Community 
Development Financial Institutions Program (CDFI Program), the Native 
American CDFI Assistance Program (NACA Program), the Bank Enterprise 
Award Program (BEA Program), and the Financial Education and Counseling 
Pilot Program. In addition, the CDFI Fund has allocated more than $50.5 
billion in tax credit allocation authority through the New Markets Tax 
Credit Program (NMTC Program) and has obligated $1.1 billion in bond 
guarantees to Qualified Issuers and Eligible CDFIs through the CDFI 
Bond Guarantee Program.
    C. Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit 
Requirements for Federal Awards (2 CFR part 200): The Uniform 
Administrative Requirements codify financial, administrative, 
procurement, and program management standards that Federal award-making 
agencies must follow. Per the Uniform Administrative Requirements, when 
evaluating award applications, awarding agencies must evaluate the 
risks to the program posed by each Applicant, and each Applicant's 
merits and eligibility. These requirements are designed to ensure that 
Applicants for Federal assistance receive a fair and consistent review 
prior to an award decision. This review will assess items such as the 
Applicant's financial stability, quality of management systems, history 
of performance, and single audit findings. In addition, the Uniform 
Administrative Requirements include guidance on audit requirements and 
other award compliance requirements for award Recipients.
    D. Priorities: The purpose of the CMF is to attract private capital 
for and increase investment in the Development, Preservation, 
Rehabilitation, or Purchase of Affordable Housing for primarily 
Extremely Low-Income, Very Low-Income, and Low-Income Families, as well 
as Economic Development Activities, which, In Conjunction With 
Affordable Housing Activities, implement a Concerted Strategy to 
stabilize or revitalize a Low-Income Area or Underserved Rural Area. In 
the FY 2017 funding round, the CDFI Fund will implement these 
priorities by funding: (i) Applications where a minimum of 20 percent 
of all Affordable Housing rental units that will be financed and/or 
supported with FY 2017 CMF Award dollars are targeted to Very Low-
Income Families and a minimum of 20 percent of all Affordable Housing 
homeownership units that will

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be financed and/or supported with FY 2017 CMF Award dollars are 
targeted to Low-Income Families; and (ii) Applications that leverage a 
higher amount of private capital to finance and/or support Affordable 
Housing Activities and Economic Development Activities. Additionally, 
the CDFI Fund seeks to fund Applications serving geographically diverse 
areas of economic distress, including Metropolitan Areas and 
Underserved Rural Areas.
    E. Funding limitations: The CDFI Fund reserves the right to fund, 
in whole or in part, any, all, or none of the Applications submitted in 
response to this NOFA.

II. Federal Award Information

    A. Funding Availability: The CDFI Fund plans to make $119.5 million 
in awards for the CMF FY 2017 round under this NOFA. HERA prohibits the 
CDFI Fund from obligating more than 15 percent of the aggregate 
available CMF funding to any Applicant, its Subsidiaries and Affiliates 
in the same funding round. Affiliated entities are not allowed to apply 
separately under this NOFA. To provide an example of the size of awards 
in past CMF funding rounds, the CDFI Fund notes that in FY 2016 CMF 
round the statutory cap was $13.7 million, but the largest amount 
awarded was $5.5 million. Moreover, given administrative and compliance 
responsibilities for award Recipients, the CDFI Fund will not accept 
Applications in the FY 2017 round that request less than $500,000 and 
will not provide awards below $500,000 to any Applicant receiving an 
award in the FY 2017 CMF Round.
    The CDFI Fund reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to 
provide a CMF Award in an amount other than that which the Applicant 
requests; however, the award amount will not exceed the Applicant's 
award request as stated in its Application. An Applicant may receive 
only one award through the FY 2017 CMF Program Funding Round.
    B. Types of Awards: The CDFI Fund will provide CMF Awards in the 
form of grants. CMF Awards must be used to support the eligible 
activities as set forth in 12 CFR 1807.301. CMF Awards cannot be 
``passed through'' to third-party entities, whether Affiliates, 
Subsidiaries, or others, to undertake the eligible activities set forth 
in 12 CFR 1807.301, without the prior written approval of the CDFI 
Fund.
    C. Limitations on using CMF Awards in conjunction with other CDFI 
Fund awards/allocations: 1. A CMF Award Recipient may not use its CMF 
Award and awards/allocations from other CDFI Fund programs to finance 
activities in the same property unless the CMF Award dollars are used 
to finance/support a different ``phase'' of development than what is 
funded by other CDFI Fund program awards/allocations. The separate 
phases of development financing are considered to be: (1) 
Predevelopment; (2) acquisition; (3) site work (preconstruction); (4) 
construction/rehabilitation; (5) permanent financing; or (6) bridge 
financing between two or more phases. If the Recipient has received 
multiple CMF Awards, these awards are not subject to this phasing 
restriction and may be combined in the same Project phase. The term 
Recipient includes the CMF Award Recipient and any Affiliates.
    If providing Homeownership assistance, a CMF Award may be used in 
conjunction with awards/allocations from other CDFI Fund programs only 
if the Project can be divided into such phases, and the CMF Award is 
used in a different phase from the other CDFI Fund program awards/
allocations. To clarify, a CMF Award cannot be used for a Homeownership 
property that is permanently financed (or supported) by both the 
Recipient's CMF Award and an award/allocation from another CDFI Fund 
program (e.g., down payment assistance funded from CMF dollars may not 
be combined with a permanent mortgage funded from another CDFI Fund 
program).
    2. Costs financed/supported by the Recipient's other awards/
allocations from CDFI Fund programs, including awards from prior CMF 
rounds, may not be counted or reported as Leveraged Costs for the CMF 
Award, as further set forth in the Assistance Agreement. While the 
Recipient's other CMF Awards may be used to finance/support the same 
property, each award must separately meet the program requirements as 
outlined in the applicable Assistance Agreement and the CMF interim 
rule (12 CFR part 1807). The term Recipient includes the CMF Award 
Recipient and any Affiliates.
    In all cases, the CMF Award remains subject to the following 
restriction imposed by the CDFI Bond Guarantee Program: Award funds 
received under any CDFI Fund program cannot be used by any participant 
of the CDFI Bond Guarantee Program, including Qualified Issuers, 
Eligible CDFIs, and Secondary Borrowers, to pay principal, interest, 
fees, administrative costs, or issuance costs (including Bond Issuance 
Fees) related to the CDFI Bond Guarantee Program, or to fund the Risk 
Share Pool for a Bond Issue (all capitalized terms used in this 
sentence, other than ``CMF Award'', shall have the meanings ascribed to 
them in the CDFI Bond Guarantee Program regulations and applicable 
guidance).
    D. Anticipated Start Date and Period of Performance: The CDFI Fund 
anticipates the period of performance for the FY 2017 CMF Program 
Funding Round to begin in late 2017/early 2018. The period of 
performance for each CMF Award begins with the date that the CDFI Fund 
announces the Recipients of CMF Awards and continues until the end of 
the ten-year period of affordability, as set forth at 12 CFR 
1807.401(d) and 12 CFR 1807.402, and as further set forth in the 
Assistance Agreement, during which time the Recipient must meet certain 
performance goals.
    E. Eligible Activities: A CMF Award must support or finance 
activities that attract private capital for and increase investment in 
(i) the Development, Preservation, Rehabilitation, or Purchase of 
Affordable Housing for primarily Low-, Very Low- and Extremely Low-
Income Families, and (ii) Economic Development Activities. CMF Awards 
may only be used as follows: (i) to provide Loan Loss Reserves, (ii) to 
capitalize a Revolving Loan Fund, (iii) to capitalize an Affordable 
Housing Fund, (iv) to capitalize a fund to support Economic Development 
Activities, (v) for Risk-Sharing Loans, or (vi) to provide Loan 
Guarantees. No more than 30 percent of a CMF Award may be used for 
Economic Development Activities. For the FY 2017 CMF Round, the CDFI 
Fund will allow all Recipients to use up to 5 percent of their CMF 
Award for Direct Administrative Expenses. The amount available for 
Direct Administrative Expenses may only be used for direct costs (as 
defined by the Uniform Administrative Requirements) incurred by the 
Recipient and related to the financing and/or support of a Project. The 
CDFI Fund considers the tracking of impacts and outcomes associated 
with Projects financed and/or supported by a CMF Award to fall under 
Direct Administrative Expenses. Any portion of the amount available for 
Direct Administrative Expenses may be used for direct costs related to 
the effective tracking and evaluation of program or evidence-based 
outcomes for CMF-funded Projects.

III. Eligibility Information

    A. Eligible Applicants: In order to be eligible to apply for a CMF 
Award, an Applicant must either be a Certified CDFI or a Nonprofit 
Organization, as defined in 12 CFR 1807.104. Table 2

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indicates the criteria that each entity type must meet in order to be 
eligible for a CMF Award pursuant to this NOFA. Note: A Certified CDFI 
that is also a Nonprofit Organization only needs to meet the Certified 
CDFI eligibility criteria described in Table 2, below, in order to be 
eligible for a CMF Award.

               Table 2--Applicant Eligibility Requirements
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             Category                     Eligibility requirements
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Certified CDFI....................  [squ] Has been in existence as a
                                     legally formed entity for at least
                                     3 years prior to the AMIS
                                     Application deadline under this
                                     NOFA;
                                    [squ] Has been determined by the
                                     CDFI Fund to meet the CDFI
                                     certification requirements set
                                     forth in 12 CFR 1805.201 and as
                                     verified in the CDFI's AMIS account
                                     as of the date of this NOFA; and
                                    [squ] Has not been notified by the
                                     CDFI Fund that its certification is
                                     in default or has been terminated.
                                    [squ] In cases where the CDFI Fund
                                     has provided a Certified CDFI with
                                     written notification that it no
                                     longer meets one or more
                                     certification standards and has
                                     been given an opportunity to cure,
                                     the CDFI Fund will continue to
                                     consider this Applicant to be a
                                     Certified CDFI until it has
                                     received a final determination that
                                     its certification has been
                                     terminated.
Nonprofit Organization............  [squ] Has been in existence as a
                                     legally formed entity for at least
                                     3 years prior to the AMIS
                                     Application deadline under this
                                     NOFA;
                                    [squ] Demonstrates, through articles
                                     of incorporation, by-laws, or other
                                     board-approved documents, that the
                                     development or management of
                                     affordable housing are among its
                                     principal purposes; and
                                    [squ] Demonstrates that at least
                                     thirty-three and one-third percent
                                     of its total assets are dedicated
                                     to the development or management of
                                     affordable housing.
Application type and submission     [squ] All Applicants must submit the
 overview through Grants.gov and     required Application documents
 Awards Management Information       listed in Table 4.
 System (AMIS).                     [squ] The CDFI Fund will only accept
                                     Applications that use the official
                                     application templates provided on
                                     the Grants.gov and AMIS websites.
                                     Applications submitted with
                                     alternative or altered templates
                                     will not be considered.
                                    [squ] All Applicants must submit the
                                     required documents in two
                                     locations: (1) Grants.gov and (2)
                                     AMIS.
                                       [cir] Grants.gov: Applicants must
                                        submit the OMB SF-424 Mandatory
                                        (Application for Federal
                                        Assistance) form.
                                       [cir] AMIS: Applicants must
                                        submit all other required
                                        Application materials.
                                       [cir] All Applicants must
                                        register in the Grants.gov and
                                        AMIS systems to submit an
                                        Application successfully. The
                                        CDFI Fund strongly encourages
                                        Applicants to register as early
                                        as possible.
                                    [squ] Grants.gov and the SF-424
                                     Mandatory form:
                                       [cir] The SF-424 must be
                                        submitted in Grants.gov before
                                        the other Application materials
                                        are submitted in AMIS.
                                        Applicants are strongly
                                        encouraged to submit their SF-
                                        424 as early as possible via the
                                        Grants.gov portal.
                                       [cir] Because the SF-424 is part
                                        of the Application, if the SF-
                                        424 is not accepted by
                                        Grants.gov, the CDFI Fund will
                                        not review any materials
                                        submitted in AMIS and the
                                        Application will be deemed
                                        ineligible.
                                    [squ] AMIS:
                                       [cir] AMIS is the CDFI Fund's
                                        enterprise-wide information
                                        technology system that will be
                                        used to submit and store
                                        organization and Application
                                        information with the CDFI Fund.
                                       [cir] Applicants are only allowed
                                        one submission in AMIS.
Employer Identification Number      [squ] All Applicants must have a
 (EIN).                              unique EIN assigned by the Internal
                                     Revenue Service.
                                    [squ] The CDFI Fund will reject an
                                     Application submitted with the EIN
                                     of a parent or Affiliate
                                     organization.
DUNS number.......................  [squ] Pursuant to OMB guidance (68
                                     FR 38402), each Applicant must
                                     apply using its unique DUNS number
                                     in Grants.gov.
                                    [squ] The CDFI Fund will reject an
                                     Application submitted with the DUNS
                                     number of a parent or Affiliate
                                     organization.
Awards Management Information       [squ] Each Applicant must register
 System (AMIS).                      as an organization in AMIS and
                                     submit all required Application
                                     materials through the AMIS portal.
                                    [squ] The Authorized Representative
                                     must be included as a ``user'' in
                                     the Applicant's AMIS account.
                                    [squ] An Applicant that fails to
                                     properly register and update its
                                     AMIS account may miss important
                                     communications from the CDFI Fund
                                     or not be able to successfully
                                     submit an Application.
501(c)(4) status..................  [squ] Pursuant to 2 U.S.C. 1611, any
                                     501(c)(4) organization that engages
                                     in lobbying activities is not
                                     eligible to apply for or receive a
                                     CMF Award.
Compliance with Nondiscrimination   [squ] An Applicant may not be
 and Equal Opportunity Statutes,     eligible to receive an award if
 Regulations, and Executive Orders.  proceedings have been instituted
                                     against it in, by, or before any
                                     court, governmental agency, or
                                     administrative body, and a final
                                     determination within the last 3
                                     years as of the date of the NOFA
                                     indicates the Applicant has
                                     violated any of the following laws:
                                     Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of
                                     1964, as amended (42 U.S.C.2000d);
                                     Section 504 of the Rehabilitation
                                     Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 794); the
                                     Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (42
                                     U.S.C. 6101-6107); Title VIII of
                                     the Civil Rights Act of 1968, as
                                     amended (42 U.S.C. 3601 et seq.);
                                     and Executive Order 13166,
                                     Improving Access to Services for
                                     Persons with Limited English
                                     Proficiency.
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    Any Applicant that does not meet the criteria in Table 2 is 
ineligible to apply for a CMF Award under this NOFA. Further, Section 
III.B describes additional considerations applicable to prior award 
Recipients and/or Allocatees under any CDFI Fund program.
    B. Prior award Recipients and/or Allocatees: Applicants must be 
aware that success in a prior round of any of the CDFI Fund's programs 
is not indicative of success under this NOFA. Prior award Recipients 
and/or Allocatees under any CDFI Program are eligible to apply under 
this NOFA, except as noted in Table 3:

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 Table 3--Eligibility Requirements for Applicants Which Are Prior Award
                               Recipients
------------------------------------------------------------------------
             Criteria                            Description
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Pending resolution of               The CDFI Fund will consider an
 noncompliance.                      Application submitted by an
                                     Applicant that has pending
                                     noncompliance issues if the CDFI
                                     Fund has not yet made a final
                                     compliance determination.
Noncompliance status..............  [squ] The CDFI Fund will not
                                     consider an Application submitted
                                     by an Applicant that has a
                                     previously executed award
                                     agreement(s) if, as of the date of
                                     the NOFA, (i) the CDFI Fund has
                                     made a determination that such
                                     entity is noncompliant with a
                                     previously executed agreement and
                                     (ii) the CDFI Fund has provided
                                     written notification that such
                                     entity is ineligible to apply for
                                     or receive any future CDFI Fund
                                     awards or allocations. Such
                                     entities will be ineligible to
                                     submit an Application for such time
                                     period as specified by the CDFI
                                     Fund in writing.
                                    [squ] The CDFI Fund will not
                                     consider any Applicant that has
                                     defaulted on a CDFI program loan
                                     within five years of the AMIS
                                     Application deadline.
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    C. Contacting the CDFI Fund: Accordingly, Applicants that are prior 
Recipients and/or Allocatees under any CDFI Fund program are advised 
to: (i) Comply with requirements specified in an Assistance Agreement, 
award agreement, allocation agreement, bond loan agreement, or 
agreement to guarantee. All outstanding reporting and compliance 
questions should be directed to the Certification, Compliance 
Monitoring, and Evaluation help desk by AMIS Service Requests or by 
telephone at (202) 653-0421. The CDFI Fund will not respond to 
Applicants' reporting, compliance, or disbursement telephone calls or 
email inquiries that are received after 5:00 p.m. ET on August 29, 2017 
until after the Application deadline. The CDFI Fund will respond to 
technical issues related to AMIS Accounts through 5:00 p.m. ET on 
August 31, 2017, via AMIS Service Requests, or at AMIS@cdfi.treas.gov, 
or by telephone at (202) 653-0422.
    D. Cost sharing or matching funds requirements: Not applicable.
    E. Other Eligibility Criteria:
    1. Debarment/Do not pay verification: The CDFI Fund will conduct a 
debarment check and will not consider an Application if the Applicant 
is delinquent on any Federal debt or otherwise ineligible to receive a 
Federal award. The Do Not Pay Business Center was developed to support 
Federal agencies in their efforts to reduce the number of improper 
payments made through programs funded by the Federal government and 
provides delinquency information to the CDFI Fund to assist with the 
debarment check.
    2. Entities that Submit Applications Together with Affiliates: As 
part of the Application review process, the CDFI Fund considers whether 
Applicants are Affiliates, as such term is defined in 12 CFR1807.104. 
If an Applicant and its Affiliates wish to submit Applications, they 
must do so collectively, in one Application; an Applicant and its 
Affiliates may not submit separate Applications. If Affiliates submit 
multiple or separate Applications, the CDFI Fund will reject all such 
Applications received.
    Furthermore, an Applicant that receives an award in this CMF round 
may not become an Affiliate of another Applicant that receives an award 
in this CMF round at any time after the submission of a CMF Application 
under this NOFA. This requirement will also be a term and condition of 
the Assistance Agreement (see additional Application guidance materials 
on the CDFI Fund's Web site at http://www.cdfifund.gov/cmf for more 
details).
    3. An Applicant will not be eligible to receive a CMF Award if the 
Applicant fails to demonstrate in the Application that its CMF Award 
would result in Eligible Project Costs (Leveraged Costs plus those 
costs funded by the CMF Award) that equal at least 10 times the amount 
of the CMF Award. Note that no costs attributable to Direct 
Administrative Expenses may be considered Eligible Project Costs.
IV. Application and Submission Information
    A. Address to Request Application Package: Application materials 
can be found on the Grants.gov and the CDFI Fund's Web site at 
www.cdfifund.gov/cmf. Applicants may request a paper version of any 
Application material by contacting the CDFI Fund Help Desk by email at 
cmf@cdfi.treas.gov or by phone at (202) 653-0421.
    B. Content and Form of Application Submission: The CDFI Fund will 
post to its Web site, at www.cdfifund.gov/cmf, instructions for 
accessing and submitting an Application. Detailed Application content 
requirements are found in the Application and related guidance 
documents. All Applications must be prepared in English and 
calculations must be made in U.S. dollars. Table 4 lists the required 
funding Application documents for the FY 2017 CMF Program Funding 
Round. Applicants must submit all required documents for the 
Application to be deemed complete. The CDFI Fund reserves the right to 
request and review other pertinent or public information that has not 
been specifically requested in this NOFA or the Application. 
Information submitted by the Applicant that the CDFI Fund has not 
specifically requested will not be reviewed or considered as part of 
the Application. Information submitted must accurately reflect the 
Applicant's activities.

                 Table 4--Funding Application Documents
------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Application document         Submission format       Required?
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Standard Form (SF) 424 Mandatory  Fillable PDF in     Required for all
 Form.                             Grants.gov.         Applicants.
CMF Application.................  AMIS..............  Required for all
                                                       Applicants.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                     Attachments to the Application
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Audited financial statements      PDF in AMIS.......  Required for all
 (most recent 2 fiscal years).                         Applicants.
Any management letters related    PDF in AMIS.......  Required for all
 to the audited financial                              Applicants.
 statements (most recent 2
 fiscal years).

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State Charter, Articles of        PDF in AMIS.......  Required only for
 Incorporation, or other                               Applicants that
 establishing documents                                are not Certified
 designating that the Applicant                        CDFIs.
 is a nonprofit or not-for-
 profit entity under the laws of
 the organization's State of
 formation.
A certification demonstrating     PDF in AMIS.......  Required only for
 tax exempt status from the IRS.                       Applicants that
 For Applicants that are                               are not Certified
 governmental instrumentalities                        CDFIs.
 only, and as long as all other
 eligibility requirements are
 met, the CDFI Fund will accept
 a legal opinion from counsel,
 in form and substance
 acceptable to the CDFI Fund,
 opining that the Applicant is
 exempt from federal taxation.
Articles of incorporation, by-    PDF in AMIS.......  Required only for
 laws or other documents                               Applicants that
 demonstrating that the                                are not Certified
 Applicant has a principal                             CDFIs.
 purpose of managing or
 developing affordable housing.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    The CDFI Fund has a sequential, two-step process that requires the 
submission of Application documents in separate systems and on separate 
deadlines. The SF-424 form must be submitted through Grants.gov and all 
other application documents through the AMIS portal. The CDFI Fund will 
not accept Applications via email, mail, facsimile, or other forms of 
communication, except in extremely rare circumstances that have been 
pre-approved by the CDFI Fund. The separate application deadlines for 
the SF-424 and all other Application materials are listed in Tables 1 
and 5. Only the Authorized Representative or Application Point of 
Contact designated in AMIS may submit the Application through AMIS.
    Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit the SF-424 as early as 
possible through Grants.gov to provide sufficient time to resolve any 
submission problems. Applicants should contact Grants.gov directly with 
questions related to the registration or submission process as the CDFI 
Fund does not administer the Grants.gov system.
    The CDFI Fund strongly encourages Applicants to start the 
Grants.gov registration process as soon as possible as it may take 
several weeks to complete (refer to the following link: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/register.html). An Applicant that has 
previously registered with Grants.gov must verify that its registration 
is current and active.
    C. Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS): 
Pursuant to the Uniform Administrative Requirements, each Applicant 
must provide as part of its Application submission, a valid Dun & 
Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number. Any Applicant 
without a DUNS number will not be able to register and submit an 
Application in the Grants.gov system. Please allow sufficient time for 
Dun & Bradstreet to respond to inquiries and/or requests for DUNS 
numbers.
    D. System for Award Management (SAM): Any entity applying for 
Federal grants or other forms of Federal financial assistance through 
Grants.gov must be registered in SAM before submitting its Application 
materials through that platform. The SAM registration process can take 
several weeks to complete. Applicants that have previously completed 
the SAM registration process must verify that their SAM accounts are 
current and active. Each Applicant must continue to maintain an active 
SAM registration with current information at all times during which it 
has an active Federal award or an Application under consideration by a 
Federal awarding agency. The CDFI Fund will not consider any Applicant 
that fails to properly register or activate its SAM account and, as a 
result, is unable to submit its Application by the Application 
deadline. Applicants must contact SAM directly with questions related 
to registration or SAM account changes as the CDFI Fund does not 
maintain this system. For more information about SAM, please visit 
https://www.sam.gov.
    E. Submission Dates and Times:
    1. Submission Deadlines: Table 5 lists the deadlines for submission 
of the documents related to the FY 2017 CMF Program Funding Round:

                                  Table 5--FY 2017 CMF Deadlines for Applicants
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                   Time--eastern time
               Document                        Deadline                   (ET)              Submission method
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
SF-424 Mandatory form................  July 28, 2017..........  11:59 pm ET............  Electronically via
                                                                                          Grants.gov.
CMF Application and Required           August 31, 2017........  5:00 pm ET.............  Electronically via
 Attachments.                                                                             AMIS.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    2. Confirmation of Application Submission in Grants.gov and AMIS: 
Applicants are required to submit the OMB SF-424 Mandatory (Application 
for Federal Assistance) form through the Grants.gov system and must 
submit all other required Application materials through the AMIS Web 
site. Application materials submitted through each system are due by 
the applicable deadline listed in Table 5. Applicants must submit the 
SF-424 by an earlier deadline than that of the other required 
application materials in AMIS. If the SF-424 is not successfully 
submitted through Grants.gov by the corresponding deadline, the CDFI 
Fund will not review any of the materials submitted in AMIS, and the 
Application will be deemed ineligible. Thus, Applicants are strongly 
encouraged to submit the SF-424 as early as possible in the Grants.gov 
portal since submission problems may impact the ability to submit the 
overall Application.
    (a) Grants.gov Submission Information: Each Applicant will receive 
an email from Grants.gov immediately after submitting the SF-424 
confirming that the submission has entered the Grants.gov system. This 
email will contain a tracking number for

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the submitted SF-424. Within 48 hours, the Applicant will receive a 
second email which will indicate if the submitted SF-424 was either 
successfully validated or rejected with errors. However, Applicants 
should not rely on the email notification from Grants.gov to confirm 
that their SF-424 was validated. Applicants are strongly encouraged to 
use the tracking number provided in the first email to closely monitor 
the status of their SF-424 by contacting the helpdesk at Grants.gov 
directly. The Application materials submitted in AMIS are not 
officially accepted by the CDFI Fund until Grants.gov has validated the 
SF-424. If using the Grants.gov Workspace function, please note that 
the Application package has not been submitted if you have not received 
a tracking number.
    (b) Award Management Information System (AMIS) Submission 
Information: AMIS is a web-based portal where Applicants will directly 
enter their Application information and add required attachments listed 
in Table 4. AMIS will verify that the Applicant provided the minimum 
information required to submit an Application. Applicants are 
responsible for the quality and accuracy of the information and 
attachments included in the Application submitted in AMIS. The CDFI 
Fund strongly encourages the Applicant to allow sufficient time to 
confirm the Application content, review the material submitted, and 
remedy any issues prior to the Application deadline. Applicants can 
only submit one Application in AMIS. Upon submission, the Application 
will be locked and cannot be resubmitted, edited, or modified in any 
way. The CDFI Fund will not unlock or allow multiple Application 
submissions.
    3. Multiple Application Submissions: If an Applicant submits 
multiple SF-424 Applications in Grants.gov, the CDFI Fund will only 
review the last SF-424 Application submitted in Grants.gov. Applicants 
may only submit one Application through AMIS.
    4. Late Submission: The CDFI Fund will not accept an Application 
submitted after the applicable Grants.gov or AMIS Application deadline, 
except where the submission delay was a direct result of a Federal 
government administrative or technological error. This exception 
includes any errors associated with Grants.gov, SAM.gov, AMIS or any 
other applicable government system. Please note that this exception 
does not apply to errors arising from obtaining a DUNS number from Dun 
& Bradstreet, which is not a government entity. An Applicant unable to 
make timely submission of its Application due to any errors in the 
process of obtaining a DUNS number will not be allowed to submit its 
Application after the application deadline has passed. In the event of 
a government administrative or technological error causing delay, the 
Applicant must submit a request for acceptance of late Application 
submission and include documentation of the error no later than two 
business days after the applicable Application deadline. The CDFI Fund 
will not respond to requests for acceptance of late Application 
submissions after that time period. Applicants must submit late 
Application submission requests via Service Request in AMIS with the 
subject line of ``FY2017 CMF: Late Application Submission Request.''
    5. Intergovernmental Review: Not Applicable.
    6. Funding Restrictions: CMF Awards are limited by the following:
    (a) A Recipient shall use CMF Award funds only for the eligible 
activities set forth in 12 CFR 1807.301 and as described in Section 
II.C and Section II.E of this NOFA and its Assistance Agreement.
    (b) A Recipient may not disburse CMF Award funds to an Affiliate, 
Subsidiary, or any other entity without the CDFI Fund's prior written 
approval.
    (c) CMF Award Payment shall only be made to the Recipient.
    (d) The CDFI Fund, in its sole discretion, may pay CMF Awards in 
amounts, or under terms and conditions, which are different from those 
requested by an Applicant.
    7. Other Submission Requirements: Each Applicant must register as 
an organization in AMIS in order to submit the required Application 
materials through this portal. The Authorized Representative and/or 
application point(s) of contact must be included as ``Contacts'' in the 
Applicant's AMIS account. The Authorized Representative must also be a 
``user'' in AMIS and must electronically sign the Application prior to 
submission through AMIS. An Applicant that fails to properly register 
and update its AMIS account may miss important communications from the 
CDFI Fund or fail to submit an Application successfully. After 
submitting its Application, the Applicant will not be permitted to 
revise or modify its Application in any way or attempt to negotiate the 
terms of an award.

V. Application Review Information

    A. Criteria: All complete and eligible Applications will be 
reviewed in accordance with the criteria and procedures described in 
the CMF Interim Rule, this NOFA, the Application guidance, and the 
Uniform Administrative Requirements. As part of the review process, the 
CDFI Fund reserves the right to contact the Applicant by telephone, 
email, mail, or through an on-site visit for the sole purpose of 
clarifying or confirming Application information at any point during 
the review process. The CDFI Fund reserves the right to collect such 
additional information from Applicants as it deems appropriate. If 
contacted, the Applicant must respond within the time period 
communicated by the CDFI Fund or its Application may be rejected. For 
the sake of clarity, specific application evaluation criteria are 
described in the context of the overall application review and 
selection process described in Section V.B. below.
    B. Review and Selection Process:
    The CDFI Fund will evaluate each complete and eligible Application 
using the multi-phase review process described in this Section.
    1. Quantitative Assessment: Each complete and eligible Application 
will receive a numeric score based on the responses to quantitative 
questions in the Application. Applications may receive a score of up to 
100 points based on the following factors outlined in Table 6.

                Table 6--Quantitative Assessment Factors
------------------------------------------------------------------------
            Section                Points        Assessment criteria
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Business and Leveraging                  40   Private leverage
 Strategy.                                    multiplier, including the
                                              portion from 3rd parties.
                                ...........   Reasonableness of
                                              projected activities based
                                              on track record.
                                ...........   Applicant-level
                                              leverage multiplier.
Community Impact..............           35   Percent of rental
                                              housing units targeted to
                                              Very Low-Income or below
                                              (50% of AMI or below).

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                                ...........   Percent of
                                              homeownership units
                                              targeted to Low-Income or
                                              below (80% of AMI or
                                              below).
                                ...........   Commitment to only
                                              finance Economic
                                              Development Activities in
                                              Low-Income Areas.
                                ...........   Percent of housing
                                              units to be produced in
                                              Areas of Economic
                                              Distress.
Financial Health..............           25   Capitalization.
                                ...........   Operating
                                              Performance.
                                ...........   Net income.
                                ...........   Liquidity.
                                ...........   Audit Results.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Within the Business and Leveraging Strategy Section of the 
Quantitative Assessment, an Applicant will generally score more 
favorably to the extent it: Is leveraging a high multiplier of private 
capital, particularly third party capital; has a proven track record; 
and is leveraging some portion of capital at the Applicant-level.
    Within the Community Impact Section, an Applicant will generally 
score more favorably to the extent that it: Commits to producing a 
higher percentage of rental housing units targeted to Very Low-Income 
Families (if proposing to use CMF for rental housing); commits to 
producing a higher percentage of homeownership units targeted to Low-
Income Families (if proposing to use CMF for homeownership); commits to 
only financing Economic Development Activities in Low-Income Areas (if 
proposing to use CMF for economic development); and commits to 
producing a higher percentage of units in Areas of Economic Distress. 
Areas of Economic Distress are census tracts: (a) Where at least 20 
percent of households that are Very Low-Income (50% of AMI or below) 
spend more than half of their income on housing; or (b) where the 
unemployment rate is at least 1.5 times the national average; or (c) 
that are Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Qualified Census Tracts; or (d) 
where greater than 20 percent of households have incomes below the 
poverty rate and the rental vacancy rate is at least 10 percent; or (e) 
where greater than 20 percent of the households have incomes below the 
poverty rate and the homeownership vacancy rate is at least 10 percent; 
or (f) Are Underserved Rural Areas as defined in the CMF Interim Rule 
(as amended February 8, 2016; 12 CFR part 1807). Within the Financial 
Health section, Applicants will generally score more favorably to the 
extent that their 3-year financial data indicates: Strong 
capitalization, operating performance, and liquidity; positive net 
income; and that the Applicant has not had any negative results (e.g. 
opinion other than unqualified; a ``going concern paragraph;'' repeat 
finding of reportable conditions; material weaknesses in internal 
control) in any of the three most recently completed annual audits.
    Once the quantitative score is determined, Applicants will be 
grouped into two categories: (1) Those with a maximum Non-Metropolitan 
Area investment of 50 percent or greater and (2) all other Applicants. 
Applicants in each category will be ranked in descending order based on 
their quantitative review score. The top 75 percent of Applications in 
each category will be forwarded to the next level of review: External 
Application Review. The CDFI Fund reserves the right to forward 
additional Applications to the External Application Review phase in 
order to ensure that a diversity of geographies are served by the 
Applicants reviewed in the External Application Review phase. The CDFI 
Fund also reserves the right not to implement the Quantitative 
Assessment if it receives fewer than 140 CMF Applications.
    2. External Application Review: Applications that advance from the 
Quantitative Assessment will be separately scored by more than one 
external non-Federal reviewer who are selected based on criteria that 
include: A professional background in affordable housing and community 
and economic development finance with extensive background in 
affordable housing. These reviewers must complete the CDFI Fund's 
conflict of interest process and be approved by the CDFI Fund. 
Reviewers will be assigned a set number of Applications to review. The 
reviewer will provide a score for each of the Applications assessed in 
accordance with the scoring criteria outlined in Section V.B.2 of this 
NOFA and the Application materials.
    The external reviewer's evaluation will result in the Application 
being awarded up to 100 total points by each reviewer. These points 
will be distributed across three sections: Business and Leveraging 
Strategy (40 possible points), Community Impact (35 possible points), 
and Organizational Capacity (25 possible points). An Applicant's final 
External Application review score will be a composite based on the 
external reviewers' evaluation and Quantitative Assessment factors. The 
majority of the score will be based on the external reviewers' 
evaluation.
    (a) Business and Leveraging Strategy (40 points): In the Business 
and Leveraging Strategy section, the Applicant will address: (i) The 
needs of communities and persons in its proposed Service Area(s) and 
the extent to which the proposed strategy addresses these needs; (ii) 
the affordable housing and financing gaps addressed by its business 
strategy; (iii) the projected CMF activities and track record; (iv) 
plans to incorporate a CMF Award into project finance; (v) its strategy 
for leveraging private capital with a CMF Award, particularly third-
party capital; and (vi) its strategy for leveraging its CMF Award at 
the Enterprise-level and/or through re-investments (if applicable).
    An Applicant will generally score more favorably in the criteria 
evaluated by the external reviewer to the extent that it: (i) Clearly 
aligns its proposed CMF Award activities with the affordable housing 
and financing gaps it identifies; (ii) demonstrates that its projected 
activities are achievable based on the Applicant's strategy and track 
record; (iii) describes a clear process for locating projects and 
proposes activities that have a clear need for CMF financing; (iv) has 
a clear strategy for and track record of leveraging private capital; 
and (v) has a clear strategy for and demonstrates a track record of 
leveraging funds at the enterprise-level and/or through re-investments 
(if applicable).
    (b) Community Impact (35 points): In the Community Impact Section, 
the Applicant will address: (i) Projected outcomes and impacts of 
Affordable Housing Activities and Economic Development Activities; (ii) 
its strategy and track record of producing housing

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units targeted to Low-Income Families (for homeownership) and to Very 
Low-Income Families (for rental); (iii) if applicable, its strategy and 
track record of financing and/or supporting Economic Development 
Activities and how these activities will benefit the residents of 
nearby Affordable Housing; and (iv) its strategy for engaging low-
income stakeholders to inform its business strategy. An Applicant will 
generally score more favorably in the criteria evaluated by the 
external reviewer to the extent that it: (i) Demonstrates how the 
expected outcomes will address community needs; (ii) demonstrates a 
clear and compelling strategy for producing housing units targeted to 
Low-Income Families (for homeownership) and Very-Low Income Families 
(for rental); (iii) for Economic Development Activities, it 
demonstrates how its proposed Economic Development Activities fit 
within a Concerted Strategy and will benefit the residents of the 
surrounding Affordable Housing; and (iv) demonstrates that feedback 
from Low-Income stakeholders will inform the Applicant's business 
strategy.
    (c) Organizational Capacity (25 points): In the Organizational 
Capacity section, the Applicant will discuss: (i) Its management team 
and key staff; (ii) the roles and responsibilities of those staff in 
managing a CMF Award; (iii) its past experience managing other Federal 
Awards; and (iv) its financial health and lending portfolio (if 
applicable).
    An Applicant will generally score more favorably in the criteria 
evaluated by the external reviewer to the extent that it demonstrates: 
(i) Strong qualifications of its key personnel with respect to their 
skills and experience identifying investments, underwriting similar 
projects, managing a portfolio of similar activities and ensuring 
compliance with program requirements; (ii) success in administering 
prior CMF Awards and/or other Federal program awards; (iii) strong 
financial health; and (iv) solid portfolio performance (if applicable).
    (d) Scoring anomaly: If, in the case of a particular Application, 
the reviewers' total external Application review scores vary 
significantly, the CDFI Fund may, in its sole discretion, obtain the 
evaluation and numeric scoring of an additional reviewer to determine 
whether the anomalous score should be replaced with the score of the 
additional reviewer.
    3. Internal Application Review: At the conclusion of the External 
Application Review phase, Applications will be ranked based on their 
external review score. Up to 50 of the highest scoring Applications in 
the External Application Review phase will be forwarded to Internal 
Application Review in descending order of rank score to receive further 
consideration for an Award. These forwarded applications will 
constitute the highly qualified pool. During the Internal Application 
Review, CDFI Fund staff will prioritize the Applications in the highly 
qualified pool for award based on the following criteria: (i) Final 
external Application review score, (ii) alignment with CMF statutory 
and policy priorities, and (iii) the overall quality of the Applicant's 
strategy.
    In assessing the Application's alignment with CMF statutory and 
policy priorities, CDFI Fund staff will consider the following factors, 
including, but not limited to: The Applicant's proposed outcomes and 
benefits in areas of economic distress; income targeting of the 
portfolio of affordable units to be produced; and the amount of third-
party private capital that the Applicant will attract to its Service 
Area.
    In assessing the quality of the Applicant's strategy, the CDFI Fund 
staff will consider the following factors, including, but not limited 
to: (i) The quality of the Applicant's strategy with respect to how the 
strategy and financing activities address community needs; (ii) whether 
these outcomes are likely to be achieved if the Applicant's strategy is 
implemented and the extent to which these outcomes are quantifiable and 
evidence-based; (iii) whether the Applicant's projections are supported 
by its track record; (iv) whether the proposed financing activities 
will help to fill the financing gaps in their market; (v) whether the 
CMF funds will contribute to the Applicant offering more favorable 
rates and terms than are currently available in that market; (vi) the 
likely success of the strategy to leverage private capital; (vii) 
whether the strategy is adaptable to changing market conditions; (viii) 
whether the proposed deployment/redeployment schedule is realistic and 
achievable; and (ix) whether the Applicant has the appropriate 
financial, organizational, and programmatic capacity to implement the 
strategy.
    The Internal Review will also include an analysis of the 
Applicant's likely capacity to: Meet award management standards; file 
appropriate reports and address findings from audits; and the 
Applicant's ability to effectively implement Federal requirements. 
Applicants may be re-prioritized for an award or award amounts may be 
reduced as a result of this analysis. In the case of an Applicant that 
has received awards from other Federal programs, the CDFI Fund reserves 
the right to contact officials from the appropriate Federal agency or 
agencies to determine whether the Recipient is in compliance with 
current or prior assistance agreements, and to take such information 
into consideration before making a CMF Award. In the case of an 
Applicant that has previously received funding through any CDFI Fund 
program, the CDFI Fund will consider and may, in its discretion, deduct 
up to 5 points from the External Application Review score for those 
Applicants (or their Affiliates) that, within 24 months prior to the 
Application deadline, are late in meeting reporting requirements for 
existing awards.
    4. Selection: Once Applications have been internally evaluated and 
preliminary award determinations have been made, the Applications will 
be forwarded to a selecting official for a final award determination. 
After preliminary award determinations are made, the selecting official 
will review the list of potential Recipients to determine whether the 
Recipient pool meets the following statutory objectives:
    (a) The potential Recipients' proposed Service Areas collectively 
represent broad geographic coverage throughout the United States; and
    (b) The potential Recipients' proposed activities equitably 
represent both Metropolitan Areas and Non-Metropolitan Areas, as 
defined in the CMF Interim Rule, and as further set forth in the 
Application.
    To the extent practicable, the CDFI Fund reserves the right to 
modify CMF Award amounts and/or the CMF Recipient pool if deemed 
necessary to achieve either of these desired outcomes. In order to 
evaluate the geographic coverage of the potential CMF Recipient pool, 
Applicants will be asked to designate one of the following three 
Service Area types in their Applications: Local, Statewide, or Multi-
State. These Service Area types are further defined in the Application; 
the largest Service Area an Applicant can propose is a 10 state Multi-
State Service Area. To achieve greater investment in Non-Metropolitan 
Areas and/or broader geographic coverage, the CDFI Fund may consider an 
Application ranked outside of the highly qualified pool to receive an 
award. However, the CDFI Fund will not award an Application that scores 
in the bottom 50 percent of the External Review score rankings.
    In cases where the selecting official's award determination varies 
significantly from the initial CMF Award amount recommended by the CDFI 
Fund staff

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review, the CMF Award recommendation will be forwarded to a reviewing 
official for final determination. The CDFI Fund, in its sole 
discretion, reserves the right to reject an Application and/or adjust 
CMF Award amounts as appropriate based on information obtained during 
the review process.
    (c) Insured Depository Institution Applicants: In the case of 
Applicants that are Insured Depository Institutions or Insured Credit 
Unions, the CDFI Fund will consider safety and soundness information 
from the Appropriate Federal Banking Agency or Appropriate State 
Agency, as applicable. If the Applicant is a CDFI Depository 
Institution Holding Company, the CDFI Fund will consider information 
provided by the Appropriate Federal Banking Agency and Appropriate 
State Agency about both the CDFI Depository Institution Holding Company 
and the CDFI Insured Depository Institution that will expend and carry 
out the award. If the Appropriate Federal Banking Agency or Appropriate 
State Agency identifies safety and soundness concerns, the CDFI Fund 
will assess whether the concerns cause or will cause the Applicant to 
be incapable of undertaking the activities for which funding has been 
requested.
    5. Right of Rejection: The CDFI Fund reserves the right to reject 
an Application if information (including administrative errors) comes 
to the attention of the CDFI Fund that adversely affects an Applicant's 
eligibility for an award, adversely affects the CDFI Fund's evaluation 
or scoring of an Application, or indicates fraud or mismanagement on 
the Applicant's part. 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. 
The CDFI Fund 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 award decisions. The CDFI Fund's award decisions are final.
    6. Anticipated Award Announcement: The CDFI Fund anticipates making 
CMF Award announcements in late 2017 or early 2018.

VI. Federal Award Administration Information

    A. Award Notification: Each successful Applicant will receive an 
email notification from the CDFI Fund stating that its Application has 
been approved for an award. Each Applicant not selected for an award 
will receive an email stating that a debriefing document has been 
provided in its AMIS account.
    B. Administrative and National Policy Requirements: The CDFI Fund 
may, in its discretion and without advance notice to the Recipient, 
terminate the award or take other actions as it deems appropriate if, 
prior to entering into an Assistance Agreement, information (including 
an administrative error) comes to the CDFI Fund's attention that 
adversely affects the following: The Recipient's eligibility for an 
award; the CDFI Fund's evaluation of the Application; the Recipient's 
compliance with any requirement listed in the Uniform Requirements; or 
indicates fraud or mismanagement on the Recipient's part.
    If the Recipient's certification status as a CDFI changes, the CDFI 
Fund reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to re-calculate the 
CMF Award, or modify the Assistance Agreement based on the Recipient's 
non-CDFI status.
    By executing an Assistance Agreement, the Recipient agrees that, if 
the CDFI Fund becomes aware of any information (including an 
administrative error) prior to the Effective Date of the Assistance 
Agreement that either adversely affects the Recipient's eligibility for 
an CMF Award, or adversely affects the CDFI Fund's evaluation of the 
award Recipient's Application, or indicates fraud or mismanagement on 
the part of the Recipient, the CDFI Fund may, in its discretion and 
without advance notice to the Recipient, terminate the Assistance 
Agreement or take other actions as it deems appropriate.
    The CDFI Fund reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to 
rescind an award if the Recipient fails to return the Assistance 
Agreement, signed by an Authorized Representative of the award 
Recipient, and/or provide the CDFI Fund with any other requested 
documentation, within the CDFI Fund's deadlines.
    In addition, the CDFI Fund reserves the right, in its sole 
discretion, to terminate and rescind the Assistance Agreement and the 
award made under this NOFA for any criteria described in Table 7:

    Table 7--Requirements Prior to Executing an Assistance Agreement
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         Requirement                            Criteria
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Failure to meet reporting      If a Recipient is a prior CDFI Fund award
 requirements.                  Recipient or Allocatee under any CDFI
                                Fund program and is not current on the
                                reporting requirements set forth in the
                                previously executed assistance, award,
                                allocation, bond loan agreement(s), or
                                agreement to guarantee, as of the date
                                of the Notice of Award, the CDFI Fund
                                reserves the right, in its sole
                                discretion, to delay entering into an
                                Assistance Agreement and/or to delay
                                making a Payment of CMF Award, until
                                said prior Recipient or Allocatee is
                                current on the reporting requirements in
                                the previously executed assistance,
                                award, allocation, bond loan
                                agreement(s), or agreement to guarantee.
                                Please note that automated systems
                                employed by the CDFI Fund for receipt of
                                reports submitted electronically
                                typically acknowledge only a report's
                                receipt; such acknowledgment does not
                                warrant that the report received was
                                complete, nor that it met reporting
                                requirements. If said prior Recipient 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 Notice of
                                Award and the CMF Award made under this
                                NOFA.
Failure to maintain CDFI       A Recipient must be a Certified CDFI or
 Certification (if              an eligible Nonprofit Organization, as
 applicable) or eligible        each is defined in the CMF Interim Rule
 Nonprofit Organization         and this NOFA, prior to entering into an
 status (if applicable).        Assistance Agreement as well as during
                                the application process.
                               If, at any time prior to entering into an
                                Assistance Agreement under this NOFA, an
                                Applicant that is a Certified CDFI has
                                submitted reports (or failed to submit
                                an annual certification report as
                                instructed by the CDFI Fund) to the CDFI
                                Fund that demonstrate noncompliance with
                                the requirements for certification, but
                                the CDFI Fund has yet to make a final
                                determination regarding whether or not
                                the entity is Certified, the CDFI Fund
                                reserves the right, in its sole
                                discretion, to delay entering into an
                                Assistance Agreement and/or to delay
                                making a Payment of CMF Award, pending
                                full resolution, in the sole
                                determination of the CDFI Fund, of the
                                noncompliance.
                               If the Applicant is unable to meet this
                                requirement, in the sole determination
                                of the CDFI Fund, the CDFI Fund reserves
                                the right, in its sole discretion, to
                                terminate and rescind the Notice of
                                Award and the CMF Award made under this
                                NOFA.

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Pending resolution of          If, at any time prior to entering into an
 noncompliance.                 Assistance Agreement under this NOFA, an
                                Applicant that is a prior CDFI Fund
                                award Recipient or Allocatee under any
                                CDFI Fund program has submitted reports
                                to the CDFI Fund that demonstrate
                                noncompliance with a previous
                                assistance, award, or allocation
                                agreement, but the CDFI Fund has yet to
                                make a final determination regarding
                                whether or not the entity is in default
                                of its previous assistance, award,
                                allocation, bond loan agreement, or
                                agreement to guarantee, the CDFI Fund
                                reserves the right, in its sole
                                discretion, to delay entering into an
                                Assistance Agreement and/or to delay
                                making a Payment of CMF Award, pending
                                full resolution, in the sole
                                determination of the CDFI Fund, of the
                                noncompliance.
                               If said prior Recipient or Allocatee is
                                unable to meet this requirement, in the
                                sole determination of the CDFI Fund, the
                                CDFI Fund reserves the right, in its
                                sole discretion, to terminate and
                                rescind the Notice of Award and the CMF
                                Award made under this NOFA.
Default or Noncompliance       If, at any time prior to entering into an
 status.                        Assistance Agreement, the CDFI Fund
                                determines that a Recipient is in
                                default of a previously executed
                                agreement with the CDFI Fund and the
                                Recipient has been provided written
                                notification of such determination, the
                                CDFI Fund can delay entering into an
                                Assistance Agreement, until the
                                Recipient has cured the default, if
                                applicable, by taking actions the CDFI
                                Fund has specified within the specified
                                timeframe. Further, if, at any time
                                prior to entering into an Assistance
                                Agreement, the CDFI Fund determines that
                                a Recipient is noncompliant with an FY
                                2015 agreement, or with agreements for
                                fiscal years thereafter, under any CDFI
                                Fund program, the CDFI Fund can delay
                                entering into an Assistance Agreement,
                                until the Recipient has cured the
                                noncompliance by taking actions the CDFI
                                Fund has specified within the specified
                                timeframe. If the Recipient is unable to
                                meet the cure requirement, if
                                applicable, within the specified
                                timeframe, the CDFI Fund may terminate
                                and rescind the Assistance Agreement and
                                the CMF Award made under this NOFA.
Final Default and Sanctions..  If the CDFI Fund has found the Recipient
                                in final default of a prior executed
                                agreement and provided notification of
                                sanctions, the CDFI Fund may delay
                                entering into an Assistance Agreement
                                with the Recipient, impose conditions
                                prior to entering in Assistance
                                Agreement, or modify or rescind the CMF
                                Award made under this NOFA within the
                                time period specified in such
                                notification.
Compliance with Federal civil  The CDFI Fund will terminate and rescind
 rights requirements.           the Assistance Agreement and the CMF
                                Award made under this NOFA if, prior to
                                entering into an Assistance Agreement
                                under this NOFA, the Recipient receives
                                a final determination, made within the
                                last 3 years, in any proceeding
                                instituted against the Recipient in, by,
                                or before any court, governmental, or
                                administrative body or agency, declaring
                                that the CMF Award Recipient has
                                violated the following laws: Title VI of
                                the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended
                                (42 U.S.C. 2000d); Section 504 of the
                                Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C.
                                794); the Age Discrimination Act of 1975
                                (42 U.S.C. 6101-6107); Title VIII of the
                                Civil Rights Act of 1968, as amended (42
                                U.S.C. 3601 et seq.); and Executive
                                Order 13166, Improving Access to
                                Services for Persons with Limited
                                English Proficiency.
Do Not Pay...................  The Do Not Pay Business Center was
                                developed to support Federal agencies in
                                their efforts to reduce the number of
                                improper payments made through programs
                                funded by the Federal government.
                               The CDFI Fund reserves the right, in its
                                sole discretion, to rescind an award if
                                the award Recipient is identified as
                                ineligible to be a Recipient on the Do
                                Not Pay database.
Safety and soundness.........  If it is determined that the Recipient is
                                or will be incapable of meeting its CMF
                                Award obligations, the CDFI Fund will
                                deem the Recipient to be ineligible or
                                require it to improve safety and
                                soundness conditions prior to entering
                                into an Assistance Agreement.
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    C. Assistance Agreement: Each Applicant that is selected to receive 
an award under this NOFA must enter into an Assistance Agreement with 
the CDFI Fund in order to become a Recipient and receive Payment. Each 
CMF Award under this NOFA generally will have a period of performance 
that begins with the announcement date of the award and continues until 
the end of the period of affordability, as set forth at 12 CFR 
1807.401(d) and 12 CFR 1807.402, and as further set forth in the 
Assistance Agreement.
    1. The Assistance Agreement will set forth certain required terms 
and conditions of the CMF Award, which will include, but not be limited 
to:
    (a) The amount of the award;
    (b) The approved uses of the award;
    (c) The approved Service Area in which the award may be used;
    (d) Performance goals and measures; and
    (e) Reporting requirements for all Recipients.
    2. The Assistance Agreement shall provide that, prior to any 
determination by the CDFI Fund that a Recipient has failed to comply 
substantially with the Act, the CMF Interim Rule, or the environmental 
quality regulations, the CDFI Fund shall provide the Recipient with 
reasonable notice and opportunity for hearing. For failure by the 
Recipient to comply substantially with the Assistance Agreement, the 
CDFI Fund may:
    (a) Require changes in the performance goals set forth in the 
Assistance Agreement;
    (b) Reduce or terminate the CMF Award; or
    (c) Require repayment of any CMF Award that has been distributed to 
the Recipient.
    3. The Assistance Agreement shall also provide that, if the CDFI 
Fund determines noncompliance with the terms and conditions of the 
Assistance Agreement on the part of the Recipient, the CDFI Fund may:
    (a) Bar the Recipient from reapplying for any assistance from the 
CDFI Fund; or
    (b) Take such other actions as the CDFI Fund deems appropriate or 
as set forth in the Assistance Agreement.
    4. In addition to entering into an Assistance Agreement, each 
Applicant selected to receive a CMF Award must furnish to the CDFI Fund 
a certificate of good standing from the jurisdiction in which it was 
formed. The CDFI Fund may, in its sole discretion, also require the 
Applicant to furnish an opinion from its legal counsel, the content of 
which may be further specified in the Assistance Agreement, and which, 
among other matters, opines that:
    (a) The Recipient is duly formed and in good standing in the 
jurisdiction in which it was formed and the jurisdiction(s) in which it 
transacts business;
    (b) The Recipient has the authority to enter into the Assistance 
Agreement and

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undertake the activities that are specified therein;
    (c) The Recipient has no pending or threatened litigation that 
would materially affect its ability to enter into and carry out the 
activities specified in the Assistance Agreement;
    (d) The Recipient is not in default of its articles of 
incorporation or formation, bylaws or operating agreements, other 
organizational or establishing documents, or any agreements with the 
Federal government; and
    (e) The CMF affordability restrictions that are to be imposed by 
deed restrictions, covenants running with the land, or other CDFI Fund 
approved mechanisms are recordable and enforceable under the laws of 
the State and locality where the Recipient will undertake its CMF 
activities.
    D. Paperwork Reduction Act: 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. If applicable, the CDFI Fund may inform Applicants that they do 
not need to provide certain Application information otherwise required. 
Pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act, the CMF Program Application 
has been assigned the following control number: 1559-0036.
    E. Reporting: The CDFI Fund will require each Recipient that 
receives a CMF Award through this NOFA to account for and report to the 
CDFI Fund on the use of the CMF Award. This will require Recipients to 
establish administrative controls, subject to the Uniform 
Administrative Requirements and other applicable OMB guidance. The CDFI 
Fund will collect information from each such Recipient on its use of 
the CMF Award at least once following Payment and more often if deemed 
appropriate by the CDFI Fund in its sole discretion. The CDFI Fund will 
provide guidance to Recipients outlining the format and content of the 
information required to be provided to describe how the funds were 
used.
    The CDFI Fund may collect information from each Recipient 
including, but not limited to, an Annual Report with the components 
listed in Table 8:

                     Table 8--Reporting Requirements
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             Criteria                            Description
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Single Audit Narrative Report (or   The Recipient must submit, via AMIS,
 like report).                       a Single Audit Narrative Report for
                                     each year of its period of
                                     performance notifying the CDFI Fund
                                     whether it is required to have a
                                     single audit pursuant to OMB Single
                                     Audit requirements.
Single Audit (if applicable) (or    A Recipient that is a non-profit
 similar report).                    entity that expends $750,000 or
                                     more in Federal Awards during its
                                     fiscal year must have a single
                                     audit conducted for that year.
                                    If a Recipient is required to
                                     complete a Single Audit Report, it
                                     should be submitted to the Federal
                                     Audit Clearinghouse. See 2 CFR part
                                     200, subpart F-Audit Requirements
                                     in the Uniform Federal Award
                                     Requirements.
                                    For-profit award Recipients will be
                                     required to complete and submit a
                                     similar report directly to the CDFI
                                     Fund.
Performance Report................  The Recipient must submit a
                                     performance report not less than
                                     annually, which is a progress
                                     report on the Recipient's use of
                                     the CMF Award towards meeting its
                                     Performance Goals, affordable
                                     housing outcomes, and the
                                     Recipient's overall performance.
                                     The CMF performance report covers
                                     the Announcement Date through the
                                     Investment Period for the CMF Award
                                     and the ten-year Affordability
                                     Period for each project. The
                                     Investment Period shall mean the
                                     period beginning with the effective
                                     date of the Assistance Agreement
                                     and ending not earlier than the
                                     fifth year anniversary of the
                                     effective date or as otherwise
                                     established in the Assistance
                                     Agreement. The Affordability Period
                                     shall mean, for each CMF-funded
                                     project, the period beginning on
                                     the date when the project is placed
                                     into service and consisting of the
                                     full ten consecutive years
                                     thereafter or as otherwise
                                     established in the Assistance
                                     Agreement.
Explanation of Noncompliance (as    If the award Recipient fails to meet
 applicable) or successor report.    a performance goal or reporting
                                     requirements, it must submit the
                                     Explanation of Noncompliance via
                                     AMIS.
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    Each Recipient is responsible for the timely and complete 
submission of the annual reporting documents. The CDFI Fund will use 
such information to monitor each Recipient's compliance with the 
requirements set forth in the Assistance Agreement and to assess the 
impact of the CMF. 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 notice to Recipients.
    F. Financial Management and Accounting: The CDFI Fund will require 
Recipients to maintain financial management and accounting systems that 
comply with Federal statutes, regulations, and the terms and conditions 
of the CMF Award. These systems must be sufficient to permit the 
preparation of reports required by general and program specific terms 
and conditions, including the tracing of funds to a level of 
expenditures adequate to establish that such funds have been used in 
accordance with the Federal statutes, regulations, and the terms and 
conditions of the CMF Award.
    The cost principles used by Recipients must be consistent with 
Federal cost principles; must support the accumulation of costs as 
required by the principles; and must provide for adequate documentation 
to support costs charged to the CMF Award. In addition, the CDFI Fund 
will require Recipients to: Maintain effective internal controls; 
comply with applicable statutes and regulations, the Assistance 
Agreement, and related guidance; evaluate and monitor compliance; take 
action when not in compliance; and safeguard personally identifiable 
information.

VII. Agency Contacts

    A. Availability: The CDFI Fund will respond to questions and 
provide support concerning this NOFA and the Application between the 
hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET, starting on the date of the 
publication of this NOFA until the close of business on the third day 
preceding the Application deadline. The CDFI Fund will not respond to 
questions or provide support concerning the Application that are 
received after 5:00 p.m. ET on said date, until after the Application 
deadline. CDFI Fund IT support will be available until 5:00 p.m.

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ET on date of the Application deadline. 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/cmf. The CDFI 
Fund will post on its Web site responses to questions of general 
applicability regarding the CMF.
    B. The CDFI Fund's contact information is listed in Table 9:

                                          Table 9--Contact Information
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                                                   Telephone
               Type of question                   number (not         Email addresses/AMIS Service Request
                                                  toll free)
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CMF...........................................    202-653-0421  Submit an AMIS Service Request in AMIS or
                                                                 cmf@cdfi.treas.gov.
CDFI Certification............................    202-653-0421  Submit an AMIS Service Request in AMIS.
Compliance Monitoring and Evaluation..........    202-653-0421  Submit an AMIS Service Request in AMIS.
Information Technology Support................    202-653-0422  Submit an AMIS Service Request or email
                                                                 AMIS@cdfi.treas.gov.
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    The preferred method of contact is to submit a Service Request (SR) 
within AMIS. For a CMF Application question, select ``General Inquiry'' 
for the record type and select ``CMF-Application'' for the type. For a 
CDFI Certification or Compliance question, select ``General Inquiry'' 
for the record type and select the appropriate type. For Information 
Technology, select ``General Inquiry'' for the record type and select 
``CMF-AMIS technical problem'' for the type. Failure to select the 
appropriate type of SR could result in delays in responding to your 
question.
    C. Communication with the CDFI Fund: The CDFI Fund will use AMIS to 
communicate with Applicants and Recipients, using the contact 
information maintained in their respective AMIS accounts. Therefore, 
the Recipient and any Subsidiaries, signatories, and Affiliates must 
maintain accurate contact information (including contact persons and 
Authorized Representatives, email addresses, fax numbers, phone 
numbers, and office addresses) in its AMIS account(s). For more 
information about AMIS please see the Help documents posted at https://amis.cdfifund.gov/s/Training.

    Authority: Pub. L. 110-289. 12 U.S.C. 4701, 12 CFR part 1805, 12 
CFR part 1807, 12 CFR part 1815, 12 U.S.C. 4502.

Mary Ann Donovan,
Director, Community Development Financial Institutions Fund.
[FR Doc. 2017-13722 Filed 6-29-17; 8:45 am]
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