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SSBCI TA Approvals as of November 21, 2023
The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the approval of 20 additional state awards under the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) Technical Assistance Grant Program, totaling more than $50.8 million. These awards will be used to...
U.S. Treasury Informational Webinar on Small Business Opportunity Program FundingMembers only Login
On November 6, 2023, the U.S. Treasury Department held a webinar outlining the SSBCI Investing in America Small Business Opportunity Program (SBOP) Notice of Funding Opportunity.
2023 Small Business Capital: A Place-Based Approach
Accelerator for America and the International Economic Development Council present the first segment in a two-part series exploring the needs and opportunities to drive more equitable entrepreneurship and small business growth in communities across...
U.S. Treasury Announces New $75M Small Business Opportunity Program Under SSBCIMembers only Login
The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the new $75 million Investing in America Small Business Opportunity Program, a competitive grant program under the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) to support technical assistance for very...
State Small Business Credit Initiative in Action, October 20, 2023Members only Login
The U.S. Department of the Treasury released an interim report on the progress the Department has made in implementing the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI), which illustrates how the funding has both supported the small business boom...
Community Economic Development in Indian Country: Market Research Report
The purpose of this report is to identify and review existing research and data on the unique history, challenges, industries, actors, and available funding and capital sources that shape how tribes and Native actors successfully participate in...
2023 New Markets Tax Credit Coalition Annual Progress Report
The NMTC Coalition’s annual report on the loans, investments, and community impact of the New Markets Tax Credit.
Community-Centered Economic Inclusion: A Strategic Action Playbook
This playbook provides community, city, and regional leaders with a set of tools to create more just landscapes of opportunity through actionable, coordinated strategies that target the intersecting structural, relational, and market forces that...
Updated SSBCI Frequently Asked Questions, September 28, 2023Members only Login
The U.S. Department of the Treasury released updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) on September 28, 2023.
DevelopOhio Economic Incentives Toolkit - An Effective Economic Development Toolkit for Growth and Job Creation
This guide from Bricker Graydon outlines the array of tools with which Ohio economic development practitioners can intervene to stimulate or induce development to occur — or occur sooner than market forces sometimes allow — in their communities....
First Half of 2023: Ohio Industrial Project Surge 
Columbus-Franklin County Finance Authority stated that despite stubborn inflation and labor shortages, development continues at a steady pace throughout central Ohio. Deals they closed will help finance a variety of infrastructure projects, and they...
U.S. Treasury - SSBCI Opportunities for CDFIsMembers only Login
State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) credit support programs present an opportunity for community development financial institutions (CDFIs) to expand their lending to eligible small businesses, including to underserved small businesses...
2023 Report on Startup Firms Owned by Peope of Color
This publication uses data from the 2022 Small Business Credit Survey (SBCS) to examine startup firms owned by people of color (that is, firms owned by people of color that launched in 2020 or later).
Primer on California’s Tax Increment Financing Tools 2nd EditionMembers only Login
The California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) created a technical committee on tax increment financing (TIF) to share knowledge and resources to help communities leverage these tools. This primer was prepared by CALED’s technical...
Announcing Active Lending Through the CDFA Equitable Capital Loan Guarantee Program
The Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) is excited to announce that the Tucson Industrial Development Authority and the Development Finance Agency of Summit County, have begun active lending within the CDFA Equitable Capital Loan...
Tribal Recovery Report: State and Local Fiscal Recovery FundsMembers only Login
This Tribal Recovery Report is authored by the Office of Tribal and Native Affairs within Treasury. It features innovative projects and services planned or underway by Tribal governments and funded by SLFRF to support the well-being of Tribal...
Revised SSBCI Capital Program Policy GuidelinesMembers only Login
On June 15, 2023, the U.S. Department of the Treasury released revised State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) Capital Program Policy Guidelines. The revisions concerned the requirements applicable to refinancing transactions by new lenders.
SSBCI Technical Assistance Grant Program Reporting GuidelinesMembers only Login
The U.S. Department of the Treasury released the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) Technical Assistance (TA) Grant Program Reporting Guidelines. This guidance details the reporting and document-retention requirements for jurisdictions...
State Small Business Credit Initiative Fact SheetMembers only Login
The U.S. Department of the Treasury updated the Fact Sheet for the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI). The updated sheet includes information about program design, implementation status, and capital program spotlights.
CDFI Fund New Markets Tax Credit Native InitiativeMembers only Login
The New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Native Initiative is the next step in broadening the on-ramp to the NMTC Program. The goal of the NMTC Native Initiative is to increase NMTC investments in Federal Indian Reservations, Off-Reservation Trust Lands,...
SSBCI TA FAQs Updated, 05-09-23Members only Login
The U.S. Department of the Treasury updated the State Small Business Credit Initiative Technical Assistance Grant Program FAQs on May 9, 2023.
U.S. Treasury Holds SSBCI All Jurisdiction Quarterly MeetingMembers only Login
The U.S. Department of the Treasury held its quarterly State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) All Jurisdiction meeting and provided updates on the SSBCI Capital Program, Technical Assistance Grant Program, outreach efforts, work groups, and...
SSBCI TA Grant Program GuidelinesMembers only Login
On April 28, 2023, the U.S. Department of the Treasury released the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) Technical Assistance Grant Program guidelines.
CDFA Announces 2023 CDFA Equitable Lending Learning Series
CDFA is excited to announce the 2023 CDFA Equitable Lending Learning Series, created in partnership with Lendistry and The Center by Lendistry. The CDFA Equitable Lending Learning Series will provide in-depth instruction to small business lenders on...
Blended Finance for Agricultural FinanceMembers only Login
This technical brief is intended to serve as a practical guide for including agricultural finance in development programs; specifically, within the agricultural sub-sector of innovative climate-smart businesses, production and business models, and...
Small–Scale Or Diversified Farmers And RanchersMembers only Login
Highlighted Farm Service Agency Programs for Small–Scale or diversified Farmers and Ranchers.
Farm Financial Management ResourcesMembers only Login
Successfully accessing appropriate capital to grow or sustain your farm business takes focus and dedication. Below, you will find resources on farm financing solutions that will help you develop the skills and understand the steps needed to analyze,...
Quick Reference Guide of Financial Resources for Agriculture & Forestry Businesses in Virginia Members only Login
Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) Resources for Individual, For-Profit Businesses, Political Subdivisions, and Non-Profit Organizations
Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Rural PlaybookMembers only Login
A roadmap for delivering opportunity and investments in rural America. This playbook is intended to help rural communities understand the available funding for infrastructure provided by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and other sources –...
Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Technical Assistance GuideMembers only Login
This guide provides a list of over 65 technical assistance resources and programs across the federal government to help communities deliver infrastructure projects. The guide is organized by types of infrastructure investments - such as...
Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Tribal PlaybookMembers only Login
To help Tribal applicants navigate the full range of funds both available to Tribal Nations and set aside for their communities, this playbook provides an overview of the “what, when, where, and how” to apply for funds.
The Biden-⁠Harris Action Plan For Accelerating InfrastructureMembers only Login
The White House is releasing this Action Plan for Accelerating Infrastructure Projects to focus attention on, and fast-track, innovation in the delivery of infrastructure investments in America. The plan complements the Permitting Action Plan by...
Equitable Workforce Development for Infrastructure JobsMembers only Login
The guide is intended for cross-sector stakeholders, including those who are directly responsible for deploying Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding and those who are investing in and implementing workforce development strategies and programs.
Guide to the Use of Digital Financial Services in AgricultureMembers only Login
The goal of this Guide is to identify specific challenges in value chains that can be addressed by improved payments or financial services, and then to identify corresponding DFS solutions to these specific challenges, with the aim of improving the...
The Major Players In Agri-FinanceMembers only Login
Here are some of the big players in the agri-finance universe. The types of players include banks that specialize in agricultural loans, nonbank finance companies that do land and equipment loans, farmer-owned lending co-ops, REITs that own and...
A Guidebook to Assist Agricultural Water Suppliers to Prepare an Agricultural Water Management Plan Members only Login
Agricultural water suppliers in California have a long history of preparing agricultural water management plans (AWMPs) and in implementing efficient water management practices (EWMPs). However, water management planning is not static; changing...
A Sustainable Agrifinance SolutionMembers only Login
The objectives of this project are to a) understand how the agrifinance industry accounts for environmental risk, and identify unrealized opportunities for improvement, and b) determine the most profitable loan-incentive product(s) for both...
Your Guide to Organic and Organic Related USDA Programs Members only Login
This Organic Resource Guide provides an overview of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs and services available to the public that either directly or indirectly support organic agriculture. Some programs have the specific...
The Farmer’s Guide to Agricultural Credit Members only Login
This guide is aimed at helping farmers get ready to ask a lender for the financing needed in new and innovative ventures. When used as part of an overall enterprise development strategy, it can help farmers and lenders achieve mutually beneficial...
Finding Land and Capital for Your FarmMembers only Login
As a new farmer or rancher, access to land and access to capital are the biggest challenges. The first step should be developing a farm business plan. This resource will show you the following steps to achieving a farm business plan.
Start Farming! Resources for the Beginning FarmerMembers only Login
As more and more people demand local and or ganic food, there are increasing opportunities for new farmers. The growing organic market can provide the opportunity, but it is challenging to start your own farm without proper planning.
Minnesota Beginning Farmer Loan ProgramMembers only Login
The Beginning Farmer Loan Program was established to help people who want to farm in Minnesota. The program offers affordable financing, a reasonable down payment and built-in safeguards, such as farm management training and financial planning to...
Systems Research For Agriculture Innovative Solutions to Complex ChallengesMembers only Login
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) is a grant-making and outreach program. Its mission is to advance—to the whole of American agriculture—innovations that improve profitability, stewardship and quality of life by investing in...
IFA Illinois Finance AuthorityMembers only Login
Serving Illinois’ diverse farm and agri-businesses, Illinois Finance Authority provides access to low-cost capital to help seed, grow and sustain your business.
Farm Service Agency Microloan Program
This guide will introduce you to the new Microloan program offered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). 1 Under this new program, FSA will make loans of up to $35,000 to farmers for farm operating...
Your Guide to FSA Farm LoansMembers only Login
This guide was written for people who need assistance starting, expanding, or owning a farm or ranch. This guide will help you identify concerns and questions you may have before you start the loan process.
Overview: Farm Bill Programs & GrantsMembers only Login
The overview provides a quick guide to federal farm and food-related programs and grants, organized by issue and by who is eligible to apply or sign up.
Loans for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers
Building a successful farm is a significant financial investment and can be especially challenging for beginning farmers who are not financially ready to access credit from commercial lenders. While FSA is fully committed to all farmers and...
U.S. Treasury Issues Updated FAQs, 04-07-23Members only Login
The U.S. Department of the Treasury updated the FAQs for the State Small Business Credit Initiative Program (SSBCI) on April 7, 2023.
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