There are two processes for CDO certification, depending on the type of organization. The Community Development Certification committee will make its recommendations to the Department for certification based off the materials submitted by the organizations.
DOA certified CDO’s
CDO Application Packet
Organizations already certified as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), Certified Housing Development Organization (CHDO), Small Business Association (SBA) Lender are not subject to the long CDO application. However, these organizations must be federally-recognized as not-for-profit at the time of application.
2. All other organizations seeking certification must submit a full application and meet the criteria outlined in the application process:
Organization must be certified by the IRS as a not-for-profit corporation, and must submit proof of federal not-for-profit status.
Applicants may not be a municipal department or be wholly funded by a municipality.
- The organization must have a board of directors. Names and representation of board members must be included in the application.
More information on both processes may be found in the Application packet (see link above - Application Packet subject to change). In addition, the Division conducted a webinar to provide information about the CDO certification process, and provided a Power Point presentation (see links below).