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By the Numbers:
The Natural Capital Investment Fund's 208 portfolio companies have created or retained more than 3,800 jobs since 2001. 

NCIF has provided 17,111 hours of technical assistance to more than 900 companies since 2001
Natural Capital Investment Fund finances and advises small to mid-sized enterprises, primarily in rural and underserved communities across a nine-state region. We help innovative entrepreneurs build locally-owned enterprises that create lasting jobs and community wealth, while using natural resources responsibly.

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For example, NCIF borrowers build local food systems; conserve energy and water; support eco-tourism; find creative outlets for recycled materials; and provide essential community services.

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We frequently partner with banks and community development lenders to provide the complete financing package a company needs to grow. We specialize in flexible capital that reduces the risk that senior lenders face, so they can participate in financing our target sectors. 

To apply for a loan or refer a loan to NCIF, please contact Anna Tefft, NCIF's Director of Lending at atefft@conservationfund.org, or 336-734-6902.

NCIF welcomes individuals, lending institutions and charitable organizations who wish to invest in our work or provide charitable support.  To learn more, please contact Marten Jenkins, President, at mjenkins@conservationfund.org, or 304-870-2207. 

To learn more about NCIF’s strategic initiatives, including specialized support for Farmers of ColorEnergy EfficiencyLocal Food Systems and Southern West Virginia Tourism, please visit the NCIF website. 

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Portfolio Companies

Hand-Built in Asheville

Hand-Built in Asheville

Over two decades ago, entrepreneur Lang Hornthal built his first log bed with a friend, sold it at a...
Lavender Helps a Family Farm Bloom

Lavender Helps a Family Farm Bloom

Norma DeCamp Burns wants to keep her North Carolina family farm from disappearing. In the Tar Heel state, that’s...
Conserving Water Resources

Conserving Water Resources

Shannon Brines began operating Brines Farm in 2004. Located in Dexter, Michigan (roughly 10 miles northwest of Ann Arbor),...
Furniture From Unwanted Urban Trees

Furniture From Unwanted Urban Trees

Connecticut brothers Ted and Zeb Esselstyn, co-founders of City Bench, create one-of-a kind furniture from unwanted urban trees. Each...
Beef And Pork With A Local Flavor

Beef And Pork With A Local Flavor

Co-founders Tina Prevatte and Jennifer Curtis sought to build a sustainable food system that benefited their own community and...
Benefiting Land, Livestock And The Bottom Line

Benefiting Land, Livestock And The Bottom Line

James Joyner, 60, grew up on the same 100 acre plot of land since childhood. For over 68 years,...
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