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Getting Started. I AM A... Lending Partner

As a lending partner, you want to make good loans that offer a return on investment at minimal risk. You'd like to retain your small business customers and get them into your lending mainstream; however, many entrepreneurs don’t have the needed equity or can't meet the credit requirements to qualify for bank financing. What's a lender to do?

How Can FCAP Help

When lending partners consider projects too high-risk to qualify for funding, many turn to Finance Fund Capital Corporation (FCAP), a nonprofit certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that is one of the first SBA Community Advantage Approved Lenders in Ohio.

FCAP partners with lenders to provide access to capital and facilitate investment in Ohio’s economically distressed communities. Our strategy is not to duplicate existing lending programs, but rather bolster current efforts by other community lenders. 

Loan Programs

FCAP is also a direct lender, primarily working with small businesses seeking funding to:

  • Purchase owner-occupied real estate or investment property
  • Construct or improve real estate or leasehold property
  • Purchase equipment or inventory
  • Meet general working capital needs

Sources of funds are a mix of public and private investments.

FCAP has a variety of loan programs available including:

  • Small Business Loan Fund: This flexible financing tool supports small business growth and job creation in Ohio’s underserved communities. Borrowers are primarily for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations with an established financial history that are unable to obtain a loan through traditional financing. Funds can be used to acquire and renovate commercial real estate, machinery or equipment and in some cases for working capital. The U.S. Small Business Administration program is also available for existing, for-profit small businesses. The maximum loan amount is $250,000 and requires a minimum 10% cash equity investment. Funds may be used to purchase, expand or improve business real estate or purchase business equipment or other assets. Community Advantage loans are guaranteed by the SBA.
  • Healthy Food For Ohio: This program provides loans, forgivable loans, and grants to food retailers developing new or renovating existing fresh food retail in underserved communities throughout Ohio. Funds may be used for costs associated with land acquisition, predevelopment, construction, equipment, infrastructure, and related expenses. Financing can be used for capital projects to build new markets or expand existing facilities. Applications are evaluated and approved on a rolling basis while funds remain available. Applying for financing from the HFFO program is a two-step process. First, the applicant submits a Pre-Application with basic information. Once a project’s programmatic eligibility is determined, the applicant will receive a letter disclosing its eligibility status and, where appropriate, an invitation to apply for financing.
  • Community Health Loan Fund: Eligible health and wellness-related projects serving low-income populations can access flexible financing through this fund. It was developed to expand health care access for disadvantaged people by increasing the number and capacity of health and wellness centers in Ohio. Funds can be used to purchase machinery and equipment, acquire or renovate a building or make leasehold improvements. 

Contact Us

If you are a lender interested in partnering with FCAP on a loan or referring a potential borrower, please contact Makeba Wilson, at mwilson@financefund.org

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Columbus, Ohio 43215

614.221.1114 | 800.959.2333


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