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Sunwest Bank Receives Bank Enterprise Award From US Treasury’s CDFI Fund

November 9, 2011 

Washington, DC - The U.S. Department of the Treasurys Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) Director Donna J. Gambrell today announced awards totaling nearly $22 million to 77 depository institutions for serving economically distressed communities across the nation. The awards are being made through the fiscal year (FY) 2011 round of the Bank Enterprise Award Program (BEA Program). The activities that qualify these institutions for BEA Program awards occur in census tracts where at least 30 percent of the population lives at or below the national poverty level and where the unemployment rate is 1.5 times above the national average.

"I am pleased to announce the recipients of the fiscal year 2011 Bank Enterprise Awards," said Director Gambrell. "The BEA Program directly recognizes community banks that provide vital investments into low-income and distressed neighborhoods across the nation. This years awardees also stand out as depository institutions that acted upon the need for economic growth in underserved areas, generating significant impacts for communities that have traditionally struggled to obtain financing."

Collectively, these 77 depository institutions increased their loans and investments in distressed communities by over $305 million; increased their loan, deposits, and technical assistance to Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) by approximately $66 million; increased their equity, equity-like loans and grants to CDFIs by over $35 million; and increased the provision of financial services in distressed communities by over $1.2 million.

The BEA Program awardees were selected after a comprehensive review of 82 applications received by the CDFI Fund from financial institutions across the nation that qualified for more than $68 million in funding under the FY 2011 round.

About the BEA Program

The BEA Program was enacted to provide an incentive to FDIC-insured banks and thrifts to increase either their level of support to certified CDFIs or increase their provision of loans, investments, and financial services in distressed communities, such as opening new savings accounts, providing mortgages or investing in local small businesses, or both. CDFIs are specialized community-based financial institutions that are able to respond to gaps that exist in their local markets.

Through the BEA Program, the CDFI Fund recognizes the key role played by some mainstream depository institutions in promoting community revitalization through the provision of essential financial services, credit, and investment capital. The BEA Program complements the community development activities of banks and thrifts by providing financial incentives to further expand their investments in CDFIs and to increase lending, investment, and service activities within economically distressed communities. Providing monetary awards for increasing community development activities leverages the CDFI Fund's dollars and puts more capital to work in distressed communities throughout the nation.

About the CDFI Fund

Since its creation in 1994, the CDFI Fund has awarded almost $1.3 billion to CDFIs, community development organizations, and financial institutions through the CDFI Program, the Bank Enterprise Awards program, and the Native American CDFI Assistance program. In addition, the CDFI Fund has allocated $29.5 billion in tax credit authority to community development entities through the New Markets Tax Credit Program.

2011 BEA Program Awards

2011 BEA Program Award List
2011 BEA Program Highlights
2011 BEA Program Awardee Profiles
2011 BEA Program Award Booklet

For more information on the CDFI Fund and its programs, please click here to be redirected to  http://www.cdfifund.gov/.