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ASAP has compiled the following list of loans available to farmers in the Southern Appalachian region. As we learn about new opportunities, we will be sure to add them. For a comprehensive listing of all federal funding opportunities that foster innovative enterprise in forestry and agriculture, please consult the SARE guide to Federal Programs for Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry, Entrepreneurship, Conservation, and Community Development.
Note: Contact the loan providers directly for up-to-date information.
See also our list of grants available to farmers in the Southern Appalachian Region

LOAN — Golden Leaf Small Business Assistance Fund

Self-Help offers the Golden LEAF Small Business Assistance Fund, which aims to create jobs by helping businesses expand. Emphasis on economically-distressed and rural communities in North Carolina (Tier 1, Tier 2 and formerly tobacco-dependent Tier 3 counties).Read More ▶▶

LOAN — NC Rural Center: Microenterprise Loan Program

The NC Rural Center has funding to work with individuals who have sound ideas for starting or expanding a small business but may not qualify for bank credit. The program offers loans ranging from $500-$25,000 and provides assistance to help clients develop strong applications and successful businesses. Since launching in 1989, the program has made more than 1,600 loans totaling more than $9 million.Read More ▶▶

LOAN — USDA FSA: Direct Farm Ownership Loan

Through the FSA direct farm ownership program, eligible farmers and ranchers can borrow up to $300,000 to buy farmland, construct or repair buildings, pay closing costs, or promote soil and water conservation. Read More ▶▶

LOAN — USDA Rural Development: Business and Industry Guaranteed Loans (B&I)

B&I Guaranteed Loans are used to improve, develop, or finance business, industry, and employment and improve the economic and environmental climate in rural communities.Read More ▶▶

LOAN AGENCY — Carolina Farm Credit

Whether you’re a full or part time farmer, or just want a place in the country, we offer financing! From farms to timber tracts, from country homes to recreational property, we finance it all.Read More ▶▶

LOAN AGENCY — Mountain Bizworks

Mountain Bizworks is a 25 year-old nonprofit loan fund that provides financing to small businesses, with a particular emphasis on family-sized farms and other food producers and agri-businesses. Read More ▶▶

LOAN AGENCY — Natural Capital Investment Fund (NCIF)

NCIF makes investments in companies and projects that promote sustainable economic development, and have a positive impact on human health and the natural environment. Businesses located in North Carolina; Virginia; West Virginia; and the Appalachian regions of Tennessee, Kentucky, and Ohio are eligible to apply. Read More ▶▶

LOAN AGENCY — Self-Help Credit Union / Carolina Mountains Credit Union (CMCU)

CMCU/Self-Help offers personal loans, car loans, small business loans, home loans, and home equity loans. Particular focus is on small business loans to minority- and woman-owned businesses, particularly in the following industries: manufacturing, construction, agriculture, “green” business, healthcare, defense, and aerospace. Read More ▶▶


ShadeFund lends to existing small businesses that are involved in the responsible use of farmland and forestland: sustainable or organic farming; sustainable forestry and forest products; eco-tourism; natural food and medicines; small-scale biomass; renewable energy and energy efficiency.Read More ▶▶

LOAN AGENCY — Small Business Administratrion (SBA) Small Loan Advantage

Small Loan Advantage is a loan guaranty program structured to encourage existing SBA lenders to make lower-dollar loans, which often benefit businesses in underserved markets.Read More ▶▶
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