At Opportunity Appalachia, we are working with a group of 16 projects in rural Central Appalachia (OH, VA, and WV) to provide technical assistance and structure financings with social and financial returns, bringing new investment and jobs to hard hit rural communities in federally designated Opportunity Zones.
Opportunity Exchange, May 20, 2021 (Opportunity Exchange) – After a year-long effort to provide design and architectural support, complete market assessments, develop business plans and prospectus, and facilitate investor introductions, 7 projects have identified financing sources and are anticipated to close on +$100M in 2021-22, creating more than 745 jobs in coal-impacted communities. An additional 6 projects are likely to be financed later in 2022 at +$140M resulting in the creation of +270 quality jobs. As part of our efforts to maximize impact, many of these jobs target persons in recovery from substance abuse in our Appalachian coal communities. These projects were drawn from a group of 42 applicants, and were selected for participation based on factors such as level of community support, anticipated community impact, and sponsor capacity. In all cases, the selected projects were missing critical components required to move forward, but all had substantial promise to transform their communities.
The Southern Opportunity and Resilience (SOAR) Fund aims to support the recovery of small businesses and nonprofits with access to flexible, affordable capital and free business support services across 15 southern states
BETHESDA, Md., March 3, 2021 (Newswire.com) – A diverse group of community finance organizations today announced the Southern Opportunity and Resilience (SOAR) Fund, which aims to raise $150 million to provide affordable capital and free business support to small businesses and nonprofits in 15 southern and southeastern states to help them navigate and rebuild from the Covid-19 health and economic crisis.
Open Date: November 24, 2020
Proposal Due Date: December 4, 2020
Selection Date: December 9, 2020
Contract Period: December 9, 2020 – February 25, 2021
Appalachian Community Capital seeks contractual support for production of 16 videos, each 3 minutes long, of the 16 participating projects in the Opportunity Appalachia program. The videos will be shot on-site in Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia. Each local project will develop their content, with the support and guidance of a General Framework to be developed by contractor. Contractor will complete editing and the videos will be presented on February 23 – 24, 2021 at the OZ Investor Convening conference.
The Contractor will report to the Program Director, Opportunity Appalachia. To view the request click here
How do new partnerships and financial strategies drive development for underserved communities?
A profile produced by the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation at Georgetown University with support from Lumina Foundation shows how UVA Wise is using using multiple tools to build stronger financial positions, including new public financing programs such as Opportunity Zones and New Market Tax Credits, as well as regional programs.
Open Date: October 5, 2020
Proposal Due Date: November 2, 2020 – 5pmEDT
Selection Date: December 1, 2020
Contract Period: December 7, 2020 – April 30, 2021
Appalachian Community Capital (ACC) seeks contractual program evaluation services to assess the level of success the Business Assistance Response Program had in stabilizing community development financial institutions and other mission-driven development finance lenders that received a grant in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Contractor will report to the BAR Program’s grant manager, Rural Support Partners. To view the request click here.
Open Date: July 8 , 2020
Proposal Due Date: July 16, 2020 – 5pmEDT
Selection Date: July 17, 2020
Contract Period: July 20, 2 020 – December 31, 2020
Appalachian Community Capital (ACC) seeks contractual support to assess the investment capacity and opportunities for ACC and its members.
The Contractor will report to the CEO, Appalachian Community Capital.
Open Date: June 26, 2020
Proposal Due Date: July 10, 2020
Selection Date: August 1 or earlier
Contract Period: August 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021
Appalachian Community Capital seeks contractual conference management services for an Investor Convening event, to be held Q4 2020 or Q1 2021. The requested Scope of Services and draft conference outline are provided in RFP. The event, to be held either in-person or virtually, will support the capital raise for 16 Opportunity Zone projects that have been selected by the Opportunity Appalachia program.
Click here for Conference Management RFP
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Grants Will Extend Lending Capacity to Appalachia’s Small Businesses & Non-Profits Impacted by the COVID-19 Crisis
Christiansburg, Virginia – Appalachian Community Capital (ACC) today awarded $3.56 million in grants under an Emergency Business Response Assistance Program to strengthen and stabilize 31 Regional Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and other mission-driven community development finance lenders, such as Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs), serving small businesses impacted by COVID-19 related losses.
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 11, 2020—Today, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) announced a $3.75 million grant to Appalachian Community Capital (ACC) for the ARC-ACC Emergency Business Response Assistance Program to strengthen and stabilize the Region’s Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and other mission-driven development finance lenders serving small businesses impacted by COVID-19 related losses. Through this partnership, the ARC-ACC Emergency Business Response Assistance Program will help designated community-based lenders cover operational costs and offset some of the income they are losing by suspending or reducing payments from their borrowers during the COVID-19 crisis. Lenders will be able to use the funds for operational support and for direct technical assistance to Appalachian small business and non-profit borrowers.
Open Date: April 8, 2020
Proposal Due Date: as noted in RFP
Selection Date: May 15, 2020 or later
Contract Period: May 15, 2020 – March 31, 2021
Appalachian Community Capital seeks contractual Technical Assistance (TA) support for 16 Opportunity Zone projects that have been selected by the Opportunity Appalachia program. TA to be provided includes development of investment prospectus, preparation of pro forma financial projections, structuring of projecting financing, market research, operations planning, investor outreach and other services. Details on individual project TA requests are provided on the link, below. Note: To be an eligible TA provider for this program, respondents must reply to the RFQ noted on the Opportunity Appalachia program page.
Click here for RFP listing requesting TA for 16 Opportunity Zone projects
Opportunity Appalachia today announced selection of 16 projects to participate in a program to bring jobs, business support, and investment to Central Appalachia. The selected projects propose to create over 1,800 jobs and attract over $365M in financing to develop manufacturing facilities, downtown development, tech business, agricultural facilities, hotels, broadband deployment, and retail enterprises in federally designated Opportunity Zones.
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 Capital, Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth (Ohio), Opportunity Southwest Virginia / UVA – Wise, West Virginia Community Development Hub, Main 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.
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.
Applicants must include all the items detailed above in the proposal submission section to be eligible.
Applications must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, January 24, 2020, 4:59 pm (ET)
November 19, 2019
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.
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.
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.
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.
ACC is seeking a consultant to assist in implementing a development services initiative for ACC members and other CDFIs in the Appalachian
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.
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.
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.
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.
Appalachian Community Capital Names Former US Treasury Official as CEO. Donna Gambrell to lead Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) serving Appalachian Entrepreneurs.
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.
Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Federal Co-Chair Earl F. Gohl announced today the successful first-round investment closing of Appalachian Community Capital (ACC).
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.