Information on program activities including outreach meetings, application and selection, Technical Assistance RFQ process, and Investor Convening.
To participate in Opportunity Appalachia and receive technical assistance for project prospectus development and support for OZ capital raising, we encourage you to:
Opportunity Appalachia welcomes applications targeting one OZ community and welcomes applications targeting several OZ communities/counties that have compatible development strategies. Opportunity Appalachia will review applications with one or more OZ projects identified for investment.
The types of technical support to be provided by the Opportunity Appalachia program include:
This support will be provided on contract by experienced business and development partners. It is anticipated that support of $30,000 – $75,000 will be provided for each applicant, averaging $50,000 per applicant.
Entities interested in providing Technical Assistance must complete the Request for Qualifications RFQ, below. (RFQ applications are now closed)
Opportunity Appalachia investor outreach has occurred through both an OZ Investor Convening February 23-24, 2021, and outreach and support from the Steering Committee and Technical Assistance providers. The highly visible Investor Convening was held to highlight OZ communities and related investable transactions. Pre-vetted National Impact investors and Opportunity Funds (QOFs) with compatible interests were invited to attend, a curated web-based platform hosting prospectus / pitch decks was available to assist investors pre-event, and the event included pitches from investment-ready OZ communities.
TA providers and the Steering Committee also leveraged their local and national relationships to introduce promising community transactions to vetted and interested investors. These outreach and placement efforts involve support for introductory meetings and if possible, site visits.
More information on the Investor Convening, February 23 – 24, 2021 here.