How to Get Approved for CBN MSMEDF Loan for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

Last Updated on November 4, 2020

This guide How to Get Approved for CBN MSMEDF Loan for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises explains in detail the major objectives of the programme, how to access and benefit from it, and other important information you may need to know. Please, stay tuned.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), after identifying the huge financing gap which hinders the development of MSMEs, as part of its developmental role and mandate of promoting a sound financial system launched the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Fund – CBN MSMEDF Loan.

The objective of the Fund according to CBN is to channel low return funds to the MSME sub-sector of the Nigerian economy through Participating Financial Institutions (PFIs) to;

  1. Enhance access by MSMEs to financial services;
  2. Increase productivity and output of microenterprises;
  3. Create jobs; and
  4. Engender inclusive growth.

How to Get Approved for CBN MSMEDF Loan?

Below are eligibility, requirements and steps to access loan.


Eligible Enterprises In line with the provisions of the Revised Microfinance Policy, Regulatory and Supervisory Framework for Nigeria, enterprises to be funded under the Scheme shall be:

1) Micro Enterprises

2) Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

The following are eligible activities under the Fund: Microenterprises

  1. Agricultural value chain
  2. Cottage Industries
  3. Artisans
  4. Services
  5. Renewable energy/energy efficient product and technologies
  6. Trade and general commerce
  7. Other economic activities as may be prescribed by the CBN

The Fund is split into two components, Commercial and Developmental components.

Commercial Component

The Commercial Component shall constitute 90 per cent of the Fund which shall be disbursed in the form of Wholesale Funding to PFIs in the following ratio:

  1. 60% of the Fund: Women
  2. 40% of the Fund:

Others Objectives of Wholesale Funding are to:

  1. Provide facilities to eligible PFIs for on-financing to MSMEs;
  2. Improve the capacity of the PFIs to meet credit needs of MSMEs; and
  3. Reduce the rate of financing to the PFIs and the beneficiaries

Developmental Component

The Developmental Component makes up the remaining 10 per cent of the Fund. It shall be earmarked for developmental programmes in form of Grants.

The 10% Grant shall be utilized for the general development of the MSME sub-sector in the following areas:

  1. Capacity building
  2. Development of appropriate regulatory regime for MSMEs financing
  3. Financial literacy and entrepreneurship development
  4. Mobilization, training and linkage of MSMEs to financial services
  5. Research and Development of MSMEs-friendly financial innovations and products
  6. Business Development and Advisory Services
  7. Building of financial infrastructure to support the growth of MSMEs It shall also serve as incentive targeted at PFIs that demonstrate good performance under the Fund.


  • Only 10% of the Commercial component of the Fund shall be channeled to trade and general commerce.
  • Nigerian Agricultural Insurance Corporation (NAIC) Insurance is compulsory for primary agricultural production


PFIs are required to fund start-up projects under the MSMEDF. To encourage NIFIs, some incentives shall apply (see Section 3.0). PFIs are expected to accept charge on fixed and floating assets of the financed projects as collateral for start-ups. Collateral requirement from start-ups by PFIs (NIFIs) shall be educational certificates;

  1. SSCE
  2. National Diploma (ND)
  3. National Certificate of Education (NCE)
  4. National Business and Technical Examination Board (NABTEB)
  5. Higher National Diploma (HND)
  6. University degree (NYSC Certificate where applicable) and a guarantor.

The start-ups to access the MSMEDF must present their Bank Verification Number (BVN).

How to Apply for CBN MSMEDF Loan?

  1. The beneficiaries shall apply to the nominated PFIs for financing.
  2. The PFIs shall appraise the applications for economic and financial viability.
  3. The PFIs shall forward their applications through the State SPV to the CBN in the prescribed format.
  4. CBN shall undertake a pre-disbursement assessment of financing requests presented to it by the SPVs on behalf of the nominated PFIs.
  5. CBN shall approve and disburse funds directly to the PFIs’ correspondent bank accounts. -inclusive rate of return of 9% per annum.

Financing Tenor

The facility shall have a maximum tenor of one (1) year for micro enterprises. Financing tenor for SMEs shall be from one (1) to five (5) years with the option of moratorium as may be deemed necessary. PFIs shall re-access the fund upon full repayment of the outstanding.

Financing Repayment

Principal and Profit repayment for micro and SME financings shall be annually.

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