F. A. Q.

How Does an Impact Loan Work? 



The Community Impact Fund (CIF) is a 501C3 non profit organization established to prosper “communities” worldwide. The key to prospering communities worldwide is financial well-being for all.

Why did Chrome PARTNER with The Community Impact Fund (CIF)?

CHROME partnered with the Community Impact Fund to help their communities thrive financially. This partnership invites people in the Chrome “community” to receive help to meet their basic needs when faced with an unexpected financial hardship.

What is an Opportunity LOAN?

CIF offers a 0% interest loan with a flexible payback schedule to individuals in need.  To qualify for a loan, an individual (Borrower) applies to CIF for consideration.  CIF conducts diligence to ensure the borrower qualifies for assistance under IRS regulations and CIF policies and procedures.   Once approved for the Loan, a distribution of the approved amount will be made directly to a bank account provided by the Borrower.


The amount designated for each Impact Loan is based on need and is CIF’s sole discretion, however, will typically be between $500 and $3,000.

What are the TERMS OF THE LOAN?

A repayment schedule will be set up automatically for the full loan amount amortized over 12 months.

What are the terms of the FLEXIBLE REPAYMENT SCHEDULE?

A form will be made available to the Borrower when a request to skip a payment is received, in which case another 30-day period will be added to the end of the loan. Borrowers have the option to make a prepayment to pay off the loan faster and any prepayment will be applied to the final monthly payment schedule.


CIF will incentivize savings by offering 10% of the loan payback as savings incentive for the Borrower to build their own emergency savings account.  In order to be eligible for the savings incentive, the Borrower must repay the loan in full, be in good standing and meet certain savings milestones on their own.   In order to receive the savings incentive dollars, the borrower must meet all the requirements listed in the loan agreement.  Saving incentive dollars will be paid directly to the Borrower’s account once the requirements have been met.

Who QUALIFIES for the impact loan?

Those who meet the eligibility requirements established by their Credit Union or Employer.

How are APPROVAL decisions made?

Approval decisions are made based upon the information provided by the applicant.  Applicants are required to provide a completed application, and must meet the criteria reviewed in the pre-check section of the application.


Loans will be distributed by CIF to the approved recipient directly to the applicants bank account.  Payments will be sent within 48 business hours of the loan being approved.


This Fund is governed by The Community Impact Fund. CIF is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that is responsible for responding to all inquiries, vetting all applications, and distributing funds to approved applicants.

Will my loan payment be deemed as TAXABLE income?

Any loans received by applicants will not be deemed as taxable income.

Will this loan show up on my CREDIT REPORT?

No, at this time Impact Loans are not reported to the Credit Bureaus.

Who do I CONTACT if I have any questions about this program?

Please reach out to CIF at loans@communityimpactfund.org