Natural CapitalInvestment Fund

Business Finance

By the Numbers:
The Natural Capital Investment Fund's 183 portfolio companies have created or retained 3,000 jobs since 2001. 

NCIF has provided 14,100 hours of technical assistance to 774 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.

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.

NCIF WhereWeWork
NCIF is hiring!  We’re looking for highly accomplished individuals who share NCIF’s commitment to expanding responsible businesses: 
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 Color, Energy EfficiencyLocal Food Systems and Sustainable Logging, please contact Rick Larson, Director of Strategic Initiatives at rlarson@conservationfund.org or 919-951-0113. 

Sample Portfolio Companies

A Simply Natural Approach to Dairy

A Simply Natural Approach to Dairy

Simply Natural Creamery and Dairy Farm is a testament to Neil Moye’s willingness to innovate and diversify beyond tobacco...
Bailey Mountain Bike Park

Bailey Mountain Bike Park

Parents today continue to search for an answer to the question: How can I get my kid to spend...
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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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...
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),...
Earning More per Acre with Grain Bins

Earning More per Acre with Grain Bins

Curtis Branch grows wheat, soybeans and corn on his Murfreesboro, North Carolina farm, a 240-acre property that has been in...
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