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About Investment Connection

Through Investment Connection, organizations may submit community and economic development projects through an online Request for Proposal application process. Projects deemed potentially eligible under the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) are those that specifically support small businesses or that serve or are located in low- to moderate-income or non-metropolitan, middle-income distressed or underserved communities.

These projects are housed in an online database that is accessible to bankers, CDFIs, foundations and other funding entities seeking to invest in their region. A select number of eligible proposals that are the first to apply during the application period will be invited to “pitch” their ideas to multiple potential funders.

The program is a win-win for both applicants and funders (CDFIs can serve as both), in that it allows these entities to establish relationships and develop innovative collaborations through which they can meet pressing community needs. The Richmond Fed launched the program in late 2019 and it is currently active in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, West Virginia and Greater Washington, D.C. Expansion into South Carolina will be explored in 2021. 

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Frequently Asked Questions about the Investment Connection program

Upcoming Events


  • September 28 – October 23: Application Portal Open for parts of North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia
  • November 18: Virtual Pitch Session Hosted for selected Virginia and West Virginia organizations. Registration opening soon.
  • December 7: Virtual Pitch Session Hosted for selected North Carolina organizations. Registration opening soon.

The Investment Connection Team


Community Development Regional Manager Erika Bell

Erika W. Bell

North Carolina and South Carolina
Community Development Regional Manager Peter Dolkart

Peter M. Dolkart

Maryland and the Washington, D.C. metro area
Community Development Regional Manager Tiffany Hollin-Wright

Tiffany Hollin-Wright

Virginia and West Virginia

Disclaimer: The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond is not a grantmaking organization. The purpose of its convening the Investment Connection program is to facilitate education, information sharing and potential opportunities related to the CRA. The Richmond 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.

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