Building stronger financial futures for 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 banking accounts.

Our efforts towards 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: to 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.

Bank On VITA Integration – Overview

This document provides an overview of how Bank On is being integrated with Cuyahoga County’s VITA program, led by the Cuyahoga EITC VITA Coalition.

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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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Safe Financial Measures to Take During COVID-19

Below are the top ways to keep your money safe if you have been financially affected by COVID-19. Get In Control of Your Bills Contact your financial institutions. They may

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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 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.
Our Partners

Bank of America

Enterprise Community Partners

Center for Community Solutions

Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)


A Place 4 Me

CHN Housing Partners

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)


Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

City of Cleveland

Cleveland Foundation

Towards Employment

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress

Gund Foundation

US Bank

Cuyahoga County

United Way of Greater Cleveland

Dollar Bank



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.