The Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Fund has issued a call for nominations for the 2012 Community Reinvestment Awards. The Community Reinvestment Awards annually recognizes the work of financial institutions that are advancing solutions to strengthen small businesses. The year’s award will focus on innovations that strengthen small businesses. As major engines of economic growth and job creation across all skill levels, small businesses play a vital role in community and economic development.

Nominations must be for a financial institution with a federal CRA obligation. Financial institutions are invited to submit self-nominations and nonprofits, community development finance institutions, local government agencies and community development corporations may nominate financial institution partners. Recipients of the award will be recognized at an awards luncheon at the 2012 National Community Reinvestment Conference taking place in Seattle, Washington, March 25-28, 2012.

To read the call for nominations, click here.