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Submit a Project

If you answered “NO” to any of the above, your project is likely not a good fit for IA funding. You are still welcome to continue with this submission of this form. We will review all submissions and invite applications from eligible and mission-aligned projects.

Please use the approximate address that shows up when you locate the project on Google Maps. This location will only be used for our internal project distribution and service area data tracking - no mail will be sent here. Depending on the project, this may not necessarily be the location of the business or organization's offices. It may be the business' storefront location, the site of the project's new construction, the headquarters of a service organization, the center of a market area served by a digital service, etc.
E.g. Bridge loan to permanent funding, working capital for business/project, real estate or business acquisition, re-lending capital, construction loan, support for preparing for additional investment, etc.
E.g. Jobs created, individuals served, number of affordable housing units developed, etc.
Click or drag a file to this area to upload.
E.g. pitch deck, summary overview, infographic, prospectus, and/or marketing materials

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. 

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.

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