Open Access Fellowship 2021

Applications have now closed.

January - April 2021

Accepted candidates will be announced January 2021 by Open Access, with training and fellowships to begin Monday, January 18, 2021.

In conjunction with industry partners, this winter Project REAP supports Open Access – an initiative created by advocates in the New Markets Tax Credits industry to increase diverse representation in community development finance, with a focus on Black & Latinx communities.

The Objective:

  • To increase the representation of diverse professionals at all levels, including (but not limited to) accounting, legal, finance, consultancy, and development

  • To lead by example and exhibit best practices within an industry that is dedicated to improving the lives of under resourced and underrepresented communities nationwide

  • To train talent to serve communities that have been disproportionally affected by the pandemic


The Challenge:

The community development industry concentrates much of its efforts in minority communities across America, yet within the industry there is gross underrepresentation by Black, Latinx and diverse professionals at all levels. Organizations working in these communities, therefore, may lack the proper cultural lens to understand how to best serve those communities. Further, in an industry that relies on career mentorship to advance in the field, BlPOC professionals have lacked onboarding and promotional opportunities in this marketplace. Simply, many do not know what potential career opportunities exist or how to access them.

The Opportunity:

The goal of this program is to provide access for diverse professionals to be trained for careers in the community development industry. Accepted candidates will be:


  • Provided access to curriculum through virtual trainings, webinars and conference attendance sponsored by Novogradac & Company LLP

  • Offered paid fellowships with industry participants – a commitment of 160 hours over up to 12 weeks

  • Matched with mentoring trained professionals for career growth opportunities

  • Training and Fellowship will be held from January 18 - April 18, 2021



Applicants must have a 4-year degree (or current graduating senior) from an accredited institution and must demonstrate an interest in community development finance.

There is no fee to participate. Open Access has sole responsibility in the screening and selection of accepted fellows.

Accepted candidates will be announced January 2021 by Open Access, with training and fellowships to begin Monday, January 18, 2021.

With any questions, please contact







U.S. Bancorp



Advantage Capital

Dudley Ventures



Monge Capital


Read available fellowship descriptions here



BWC Consulting




Central Valley NMTC Fund, LLC


New Jersey Community Capital

Classic Lake

The Reinvestment Fund

Chicago Community Loan Fund

Greenline Ventures


Monge Capital

Wilson Consulting

Baker Tilly US, LLP