News & Events

December, 2019

Appalachian Community Capital Selected as
Forbes Top 20 OZ Catalyst

Opportunity Appalachia will help bring Opportunity Zone investment into Central Appalachian communities in Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia.  The effort is designed to strengthen investable transactions in target rural communities, attracting Opportunity Zone investors to back small businesses and real estate development, leading to more local jobs.  Opportunity Appalachia is led by a six-member consortium comprised of regional and national organizations with expertise in financing and community development that will support local projects to prepare sophisticated investment packets geared toward prospective OZ investors.  Opportunity Appalachia partners include:  Appalachian Community CapitalAppalachian Partnership for Economic Growth (Ohio), Opportunity Southwest Virginia / UVA – WiseWest Virginia Community Development HubMain Street America, and  Coastal Enterprises – CCML

We are hopeful this recognition will provide added visibility both to identify promising projects in Appalachian OZs, and increase national investor interest in the Region.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring more financial and technical resources to our region, to help Appalachia secure more investment in important industries, such as manufacturing, IT, downtown development, healthcare, education, food systems, heritage tourism and recreation, ” remarked Appalachian Community Capital President & CEO Donna Gambrell.

November 2019

Request for Proposals:
ACC Training Session

The Application Period is from November 27 – January 24,2020
Proposals are due by Friday, January 24, 2020, 4:59 pm (ET)
ACC will select proposal(s) by January 31, 2020.
The Training must be completed by June 15, 2020

Appalachian Community Capital (ACC) is a member-based organization and community development finance intermediary. Its 20 high-performing CDFI members are mission-driven lenders committed to meeting the credit needs of rural Appalachia.
ACC is seeking proposals to provide a day-long, in-person training on the CDFI Fund’s New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) and Rural Communities, to be held in the first half of 2020 within the Appalachian region.

Application Requirements
Applicants must include all the items detailed above in the proposal submission section to be eligible.
Applications must be submitted to lauraschwingel@gmail.com by Friday, January 24, 2020, 4:59 pm (ET)

November 19, 2019

Appalachian Community Capital Receives Financial Assistance Award from the CDFI Fund

Appalachian Community Capital (ACC) was one of 284 Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) that received a Financial Assistance Award today from the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund). The awards, through the fiscal year 2019 round of the CDFI Program and the Native American CDFI Assistance Program, will enable CDFIs to increase lending and investment activity in low-income and economically distressed communities across the nation.

ACC will use its $424,00,000 award to continue making small business loans in rural Appalachia, including in persistent poverty counties, which are classified as having poverty rates of 20 percent or more in 1990, 2000, and 2010.

“I congratulate all the awardees, particularly the CDFIs in Appalachia who are dedicated to supporting underserved communities and building a strong economy in the region, said Donna Gambrell, CEO of Appalachian Community Capital.

November 2019

Request for Proposals:
Project Director for Opportunity Appalachia Initiative

Open Date: November 1, 2019
Proposal Due Date: November 15, 2019
Selection Date: November 22, 2019
Contract Period: November 25, 2019 – January 30, 2021

Appalachian Community Capital (ACC) seeks contractual support for a qualified project director to assist Opportunity Appalachia’s Steering Committee, a six-member consortium comprised of regional and national organizations, and local communities, to provide technical assistance to communities in developing sophisticated investment packets geared toward prospective Opportunity Zone (OZ) investors. The selected contractor will work closely with the Steering Committee to shape this effort over the course of 15 months beginning in November 2019 and concluding on January 30, 2021.

October 2019

Appalachian Regional Commission Announces $44.4 Million to Diversify Region’s Coal-Impacted Economies

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 8, 2019, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) announced a $44.4 million investment package to expand and diversify the economy in Appalachia’s coal-impacted communities through the POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Initiative. These 54 awards are projected to create or retain over 5,700 jobs, leverage more than $39 million in private investment, create and/or retain 2,940 businesses, and train thousands of workers and students within the broadband, entrepreneurship, substance abuse recovery, tourism and other industry sectors across coal-impacted communities in nine Appalachian states.

October 2019

Appalachian Community Capital Awarded $150,000 USDA Grant for Technical Assistance

Grant to promote small business growth in rural communities

Appalachian Community Capital (ACC) is pleased to announce receipt of a $150,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) program. ACC will disburse these monies to build the capacity of seven eligible small business lenders to support small business development and entrepreneurship, job and wealth creation, and economic growth in the low-income rural communities they serve throughout Appalachia.

June 2019

Seeking Consultant

ACC is seeking a consultant to assist in implementing a development services initiative for ACC members and other CDFIs in the Appalachian

May 2019

Job Announcement

Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration

Working under the policy direction of Appalachian Community Capital (ACC) and under the general supervision of the CEO, the SVP-Finance and Administration is responsible for ensuring ACC’s overall financial planning and budgeting programs are aligned with the corporate strategic plan and the expectations of all funders and stakeholders. This position can be performed remotely.

April 2019

ACC Welcomes a New Investor and New Members

ACC is pleased to announce a $200,000 investment from the Religious Communities Impact Fund (RCIF) Inc. Led by Sister Corinne Florek, RCIF is a collaborative community investment fund with 27 Catholic women’s religious congregations as members. Its mission is to empower low­income people through access to affordable capital, whether through housing, small business development, childcare, or helping nonprofits that provided services. Intermediaries like community development loan funds and credit unions are excellent partners in this ministry, and many of them began with investments from the sisters.

ACC is now 19­member strong with the addition of two new members: Piedmont Business Capital (formerly Greensboro Community Development Fund) is a CDFI dedicated to supporting underserved communities in the Piedmont Triad area in North Carolina, including rural counties. Appalachian Growth Capital is a new loan fund that partners with local and regional banks to increase the loan amounts to qualified small businesses in Appalachian Ohio.

ACC welcomes its new partners as it continues to support Appalachian small businesses, including minority­ and women­owned businesses.

December 2018

Fall 2018

ACC Receives New Sources of Capital

Appalachian Community Capital is honored to have received a $550,000 award from the Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund). In its announcement, the CDFI Fund noted that 302 CDFIs had received a total of $202.2 million in awards. These awards, through the fiscal year 2018 round of the Community Development Financial Institutions Program (CDFI Program) and the Native American CDFI Assistance Program (NACA Program), will allow CDFIs to increase lending and investment activity in low-income and economically distressed communities across the nation.

“This CDFI award will enable ACC to provide additional loans to its members. The members, in turn, will use the funds to increase lending to small businesses in Appalachia, including those businesses owned by persons of color and women,” said Donna Gambrell, President & CEO, Appalachian Community Capital. “We thank the CDFI Fund, and we congratulate the other CDFIs who have been recognized.”

Northern Trust Bank has approved a $1 million investment for ACC.  The capital will be made available to ACC member institutions to help support small business owners and entrepreneurs in the Appalachian Region.   Currently, 17 CDFIs and other mission-based lenders in the region are members.

April 2018

Appalachian Community Capital Welcomes New Board Member, Lori Chatman, President of Enterprise Community Loan Fund

April 2018

Appalachian Community Capital Welcomes Three New Members – CommunityWorks, Finance Fund Capital Corporation, and Woodlands Community Lenders

March 2018

Two Appalachian Community Capital Members Awarded US Treasury Capital Magnet Fund Grants

ACC members Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation (KHIC) and Virginia Community Capital (VCC) received awards through the U.S. Treasury’s FY 2017 Capital Magnet Fund program. KHIC will use its award to capitalize affordable housing and a revolving loan fund. VCC will use its award to provide predevelopment, construction, and gap financing loans.

May 2017

Appalachian Community Capital Names Former US Treasury Official as CEO

Appalachian Community Capital Names Former US Treasury Official as CEO. Donna Gambrell to lead Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) serving Appalachian Entrepreneurs.

September 2016

U.S. Treasury Awards $185 Million for Community Development in Low-Income Communities

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) awarded 196 Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) $185.7 million in grants and loans today.

September 2016

FY 2016 CDFI Program Awardees

August 2015

Which Big Funders are Investing in Economic Growth in Appalachia?

May 2015

ARC Announces Successful First-Round Investment Closing of
Appalachian Community Capital

Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Federal Co-Chair Earl F. Gohl announced today the successful first-round investment closing of Appalachian Community Capital (ACC).

June 2013

ARC Launches Appalachian Community Capital Initiative to Build Access to Credit in Region

Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Federal Co-Chair Earl F. Gohl announced today the creation of Appalachian Community Capital (ACC), a new central bank for development lenders that will increase the availability of capital to small businesses in the 13-state Appalachian Region.