Loans & Financing

Listed Alphabetically

Community Capital of Vermont (CCVT)

CCVT is a statewide small business and microenterprise lender serving low and moderate income entrepreneurs and specializing in providing loans to business owners who lack the collateral or credit history to qualify for traditional bank loans. Loans range in size from $1,000 to $100,000 and can be used for business start-up or growth and expansion. 

Efficiency Vermont

Efficiency Vermont offers flexible, low-interest loans for cost-effective energy improvements that  help businesses improve the energy efficiency farm and ag operations, boost production, and lower operating expenses. To learn more, visit the Financing for Agricultural Operations page.

Flexible Capital Fund

The Flex Fund is strategically focused on providing near equity or mezzanine financing (subordinated debt, royalty financing and/or warrants) to Vermont’s growing value-added ag, forestry and clean energy businesses. The fund invests in targeted Vermont growth companies that fill a gap, or strengthen the supply chain, in sustainable agriculture and food systems, forest products, renewable energy and other natural resource sectors.

Fresh Source Capital

Fresh Source Capital is an investment firm focused on sustainable food and agriculture and rebuilding local, regional food systems by providing debt and royalty financing options to growth-stage companies in the Northeast.

Northeast Organic Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT)

Revolving Loan Fund: The NOFA Vermont Revolving Loan Fund was jointly established in 1994 by NOFA Vermont and People's United Bank (formally Chittenden Bank's Socially Responsible Banking Fund). Loans funds may be used for equipment and long-term assets, working capital and short-term assets, and improvement of business management.

Northern Community Investment Corporation (NCIC)

Serving Northern New Hampshire & Northeastern Vermont, NCIC develops lending solutions for everything from small start-ups to large well-established businesses. Loans range from $5,000–$500,000 with interest rates from 4%–12%. NCIC also supports borrowers with resources and coaching solutions and can often cost share with businesses to make professional services more affordable.

Slow Money Vermont

Slow Money Vermont is an emerging network that aims to inform, inspire and connect individuals, businesses, philanthropists, and investors interested in building a sustainable local and regional food system and to catalyze new investment opportunities in the people, businesses and communities that contribute to a sustainable food economy.

USDA Rural Development

Rural Development offers loans, grants and loan guarantees to support essential services and offers technical assistance and information to help agricultural producers and cooperatives get started and improve the effectiveness of their operations. The Rural Energy for America Program provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase or install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements

Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation 

The Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation (VACC), a program of Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA), is a nonprofit corporation that provides credit to Vermont farmers, agricultural facilities, forestry, and forest product-based businesses. VACC and VEDA work with these businesses on everything from startup to expansion to making energy efficiency improvements.

Vermont Community Loan Fund (VCLF)

VCLF is a community-focused alternative lender and also provides financial consulting and business development services:

  • Business Loan Program: VCLF works with businesses of all shapes, sizes and ages, ranging from start-up to mature, small farms to specialty foods, renewable energy to high-tech, manufacturers to service providers to retail.
  • Agritourism Loan Program: VCLF's Agritourism Loan Program is a revolving loan fund focused on supporting agricultural enterprises with low-cost capital for agritourism projects.
  • Food, Farms & Forests Fund: In 2015, VCLF launched this new, dedicated loan fund to consolidate, grow, and sustain the capital and supporting services that VCLF makes available to meet the needs of small farms, food producers, and the working landscape throughout Vermont. 
Vermont Farm Fund

The Vermont Farm Fund is a revolving loan program of The Center for an Agricultural Economy that, in partnership with Pete's Greens, provides no-hassle, friendly-term loans to Vermont farmers and food producers.

Windham County Economic Development Program (WCEDP)

The WCEDP promotes economic development in Windham County by providing funds to stimulate job creation through business start-up, expansion, or relocation; encourage entrepreneurial activity; and strengthen economic development infrastructure. Program funds are available through direct low-interest loans for businesses, competitive grants for nonprofit organizations and municipalities, and non-competitive grants and incentives. 

Yankee Farm Credit

Yankee Farm Credit strives to make a positive difference serving the agricultural community by offering reliable, cost-effective services and assuring cooperative viability.

A listing on this page does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets.

Icon Widget: Business Planning & Technical Assistance

Icon Widget: Grants & Financial Assistance

Icon Widget: Loans & Financing

Icon Widget: Other Directories

Icon Widget: USDA Resources

Icon Widget: Working with Food Hubs & Distributors

Contact Information

Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

116 State Street
Montpelier, Vt 05620-2901
802.828.2430

 

Program Contacts

  • Media Inquiries                      802.622.4662
  • Licensing & Registration        802.828.2436
  • Business Development          802.828.1619
  • Feed, Seed, Fertilizer & Lime  802.828.5050
  • Working Lands                    802.622.4477
  • Public Health & Resource Management                802.828.2431
  • Laboratory                                  802.585.6073
  • Animal Health                        802.828.2421
  • Dairy                              802.828.2433
  • Consumer Protection / Weights & Measures                           802.828.2433
  • Produce Program                  802.522.7811
  • Meat Inspection                    802.828.2426
  • Water Quality                               802.828.2431
    • Grants                                  802.622.4098
    • Enforcement                                802.828.2431
    • Reports                                      802.272.0323
    • BMP's                                      802.828.3474
  • Act 250                          802.828.2431 
  • Pesticide                        802.828.2431