Funding For The Future
Finance Fund is a statewide nonprofit financial intermediary that enables the revitalization of economically distressed communities across Ohio.
Established in 1987, Finance Fund connects Ohio's underserved communities with public and private sources of capital. We simplify the complexities of the funding process and manage the flow of millions of public and private dollars to help good ideas come to life—ideas that change systems, create jobs, address community needs and improve the quality of life.
What we do
Our funding programs include predevelopment and economic development grants, urban and rural lending and gap financing to support a wide range of projects such as:
- Small business
- Health care facilities and equipment
- Affordable housing construction or rehabilitation
- Community facilities
To date, Finance Fund and its affiliates have invested more than $258.8 million in housing, economic development, and community facility projects leveraging over $1 billion. This investment was accomplished through 2,847 awards to community-based organizations throughout the state. Finance Fund provides debt and equity to our clients through the management of 19 entities totaling $200 million. Our partnerships have enabled low-income people access to 15,514 units of affordable housing, 18,417 direct jobs, and 3,036 early care and education spaces (classrooms) for 69,497 children benefiting the lives of over 127,000 Ohioans.
How We Do It
Finance Fund's statewide project portfolio is the result of successful partnerships with innovative clients and visionary funding partners. From state and federal governmental entities and financial institutions to foundations, corporations and wealthy individuals, our partners share our mission. They trust Finance Fund to see the wisdom of supporting viable economic development initiatives that make sense and enliven communities while providing a financial return. They've learned to trust that when Finance Fund brings a project for consideration, it passes all the tests:
- It's what the community wants
- It's high impact
- It's catalytic