Building stronger financial futures for Cleveland and Cuyahoga County residents

Bank On CLE works to connect everyone to safe and appropriate financial products and services.
Bank On CLE is a collaboration between financial institutions, community-based organizations, and local government to ensure that all residents have the opportunity to be financially healthy. Together, we are working to connect people to safe, affordable, and certified accounts.

Our efforts toward a more equitable financial system must include racial equity at the forefront of our work. We seek to unite people and organizations around a collective mission: dismantle barriers to financial and economic mobility.

Our partners also offer services and educational resources that help empower people and families to improve their financial capability, health, and independence.

What Makes a Bank On Account Different? National Account Standards

The CFE Fund’s Bank On National Account Standards provide local programs with a benchmark for account partnerships with financial institutions, and include both core and recommended features. See the National

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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Partnership – 2024

Did you know the Cuyahoga EITC Coalition, which runs the VITA free tax preparation program in Cuyahoga County, is partnered with Bank On CLE? When you sign up for a

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Bank On Certified Accounts – Overview

This document provides an overview of local Bank On certified accounts and the account opening requirements.

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Unbanked Households

5.4% of U.S. households are unbanked, without a checking or savings account.
35.7 M
Un- and Underbanked Adults

There are 35.7 million un- and underbanked adults in the U.S.
Unbanked cost per family

Being unbanked can cost $40K over a lifetime due to use of costly alternative financial services for routine financial transactions
Our Coalition
Join us in connecting Cleveland and Cuyahoga County residents to better banking products and making our community a safer, more accessible place to bank.
Bank On CLE coalition members are working together to ensure that all households have access to safe and affordable bank accounts that meet their needs, allow them to increase assets, and strengthen their financial stability.

A Place 4 Me

Another Chance of Ohio


Bank of America

Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc.

Center for Community Solutions


CHN Housing Partners

Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund

Citizens Bank

City of Cleveland

Cleveland Foundation

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress

Cleveland Public Library

Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County Public Library

Dollar Bank

Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People

Enterprise Community Partners

Faith Community Credit Union

Famicos Foundation

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Fifth Third Bank

First Federal Lakewood

Greater Cleveland Community Credit Union

Gund Foundation

Harvard Community Services Center

Hebrew Free Loan Association

Home Repair Resource Center

Horizon Education Centers

Huntington Bank


Legal Aid Society of Cleveland

Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry

Motivated and Empowered, Inc.

MyCom Cleveland

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)


Step Forward

Third Federal Savings & Loan

Third Federal Foundation

Towards Employment

United Way of Greater Cleveland

US Bank

West Side Community House

Woodforest National Bank

Youth Opportunities Unlimited

YWCA of Cleveland


These accounts do not allow overdraft or non-sufficient funds fees, so you’ll never be hit with a surprise fee.
Low Cost

Certified accounts are $5 or less per month, with no unpredictable fees.

Certified accounts always allow free deposits, free withdrawals, and free bill payments.