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Investment Connection

Bringing community organizations together with bankers and other funders to address the current and future needs of low-income communities.

Investment Connection is a tool that employs an online proposal portal and in-person events to allow community-based organizations to present projects that are likely Community Reinvestment Act (CRA)-eligible to financial institutions and other funders (foundations, CDFIs, and government entities).* The projects and programs focus on low- and moderate-income, distressed, and underserved communities.

For community-based organizations

Organizations may propose community and economic development projects in need of funding through an application process. Organizations with projects deemed eligible under the CRA may have the opportunity to present their proposals to multiple potential funders.*

View the Request for Proposal for submission criteria.
Submit your proposal for potential funding.


Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) training

These half-day events provide community-based organizations with information on Investment Connection, CRA, and other potential funding sources.

For funders

Access funding opportunities via the Investment Connection Funders Portal; search projects by geographic area or issue addressed.


Investment Connection events

During these events, proposals* submitted that have been identified as likely CRA-eligible, are presented to potential funders. Potential funders interested in registering for these events can email

  • October 15: Nelsonville, Ohio
  • October 30: Slade, Kentucky

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Note: The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland is not a grant-making organization. The purpose of its presenting the Investment Connection program is to facilitate education, information sharing, and potential opportunities related to the CRA. The Cleveland Fed does not endorse or make any representations as to the propriety or suitability of the participating organizations, investments, or programs. Organizations should perform their own due diligence before engaging in any transactions with these entities to ensure that any such transactions meet the organization's objectives.

* Subject to CRA performance evaluation