Q: CRA Activities. Can a bank receive consideration for activities related to the COVID-19 emergency and that are conducted on a nationwide basis?
A: The COVID-19 emergency has had a significant health and economic impact that extends beyond many banks’ assessment areas. Banks that are responsive to community development needs and opportunities in their assessment areas will receive favorable consideration for community development activities located in a broader statewide or regional area that includes the banks’ CRA assessment area(s). Banks that are responsive to needs and opportunities in the broader statewide or regional areas that include bank assessment areas may also receive consideration for activities outside those broader statewide or regional areas provided that those activities help to revitalize or stabilize COVID-19 designated disaster areas by protecting public health and safety as described in the Response to the question - Are COVID-19 affected states and jurisdictions considered CRA designated disaster areas? - activities that benefit low- or moderate-income individuals or geographies, distressed or underserved nonmetropolitan middle-income geographies, or small businesses and small farms will be considered particularly responsive.
This Q&A was contained in the Frequently Asked Questions for Financial Institutions Affected by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Referred to as COVID-19) – As of March 3, 2021 (which may be updated from time to time). This may be found on the FDIC’s website here: https://www.fdic.gov/Coronavirus/faq-fi.pdf.