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Project Submission Form

Submit a project to Invest Appalachia!

Are you a prospective borrower (business, non-profit organization, developer, or other kind of project sponsor)?

Are you a lender or financial intermediary looking for co-investment, loan participations, or re-lending capital?

Who Is Eligible?

To be considered, projects must meet all of the following criteria: 

  1. Be located in or primarily serving the Central Appalachian Region (Appalachian counties of TN, NC, VA, WV, KY, OH).
  2. Create positive social, environmental, and economic impacts for communities in the region (not financially or environmentally extractive).
  3. Align with one of IA’s sectors of focus, or otherwise contribute to quality jobs, local ownership, and community wealth.
  4. Be financially viable (demonstrate meaningful revenue and repayment potential). Requests for non-repayable grants will not be considered.


What this is not:

  • A source for personal or individual loans
  • A proposal for grant funding
  • A loan application (invitations to apply for investment from IA will be based on this intake form)

Local Lending Partners

Place-based community lenders such as Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and loan funds are key partners for IA, and our investments are tailored to be compatible with these lending partners. We encourage prospective borrowers to start with their local community lender; IA may refer submitted projects to one or more of its lending partners for follow-up.

Here is a list of community lenders serving each Central Appalachian state, compiled from an Appalachian Regional Commission database.

What We Offer

Invest Appalachia is a blended capital fund, primarily providing patient and flexible loans that can be customized to fit your project. Our investments range from $100,000 to $2,500,000 (with exceptions), have terms of 6 months – 7 years, and vary in interest rate and repayment structure. Investments may support fixed assets, equipment, real estate, facilities, construction, working capital, project finance, relending, and more. 

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