NCIF is commercial loan fund that provides flexible financing and advisory services to entrepreneurs who are creating jobs and triple-bottom-line businesses in underserved communities in central Appalachia and the Southeast.

NCIF launched its Energy Efficient Enterprises Initiative in 2011 to deliver targeted assistance to help small businesses, other nonprofit organizations and municipalities take control of their energy costs, and advance a just transition and diversified economy for the region. Energy improvements increase enterprise profitability, improve health & well-being and support quality, local jobs – but navigating the energy ecosystem can be a challenge for enterprises focused on their business.

We’ve helped enterprises invest in lighting and equipment upgrades, whole-building renovations and renewable energy systems with advice, hands-on assistance and financing for energy saving improvements. Assistance has included cost-share for energy audits, project development, grant writing and loan structuring. We also support alternative energy service providers directly, with loans for working capital, equipment and even real estate.

Learn more about NCIF’s financial services at ncifund.org.

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