How to Get Approved for CBN CIFI Loan for Creative Industry with Requirements

Last Updated on November 4, 2020

This article on How to Get Approved for CBN CIFI Loan explains in detail the major objectives of the programme, how you can benefit, and requirements to access Loan, and all other important information you may need to know. Please, stay tuned.

CBN CIFI (Creative Industry) Loan

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), in collaboration with the Bankers’ Committee in 2019 developed a Creative Industry Financing Initiative (CIFI), also known as Creative Industry loan to boost job creation in Nigeria, especially among young people, who are the most active in the creative industry.

The aim according to CBN, is to improve access to long-term low-cost financing for entrepreneurs and investors in the Nigerian creative and information technology (IT) sub-sectors.

How to Get Approved for CBN CIFI Loan?

Below is how you can benefit, and requirements to access Loan.

(1) Your Business must be in the following areas, namely:

  1. Fashion
  2. Information Technology
  3. Movie Production
  4. Movie Distribution
  5. Music and
  6. Software Engineering Student Loan

Amount of Loan you can Access for Business

You can get a loan of up to:

  1. N3 million for Software Engineering Student
  2. N30 million for Movie Production business
  3. N500 million for Movie Distribution business
  4. Cover your rental/service fees for Fashion and Information
  5. Technology business
  6. Cover your training fees, equipment fees, and rental/service fees for the Music business

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Though requirements might vary a little from bank to bank, besides being part of the creative industry (fashion, music, movies, and information technology), you are still expected to provide the following

  1. Registration with the Corporate Affairs Commission
  2. Comprehensive business proposal – (Get Business Plan Template)
  3. Clean Credit Bureau Report with no unpaid obligations
  4. Satisfactory CRMS report of owners, sponsors and directors

Application Process

  1. Go to any bank of your choice to access the fund.
  2. Tell your bank how much you need.
  3. Your bank will discuss your request and provide you the money

Interest Rate and Period for Repayment

The maximum interest rate of 9.0% per annum (all charges inclusive) is applicable to all loans.

  1. For Software Engineering Student Loan, it is a maximum of three years
  2. For Movie Production and Distribution, it is a maximum of ten years
  3. For Fashion, Information Technology (IT) and Music, it is a maximum of ten years

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