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May 4, 2017
United Bank is First in State to Support Lending in Underserved Communities Through Investment in NCIF
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SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.V.—United Bank, Inc., a subsidiary of United Bankshares, Inc., the largest bank holding company headquartered in West Virginia, recently announced the investment of $500,000 in the Natural Capital Investment Fund (NCIF). NCIF, a small business lender that supports locally-owned enterprises in Central Appalachia and the Southeast, will use the funds to support its small business lending to underserved communities throughout the state. NCIF is based in Shepherdstown.
August 30, 2016
New Grant Funding Supports Small Business Development In West Virginia’s Coal-Impacted Communities

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.V. —The Natural Capital Investment Fund (NCIF)—a green business lender and an affiliate of the national nonprofit Conservation Fund—and the Hatfield-McCoy Regional Recreation Authority (Hatfield-McCoy) announced their partnership focused on creating jobs and improving quality of life in coal-impacted communities in southern West Virginia. Using a total of $2.6 million in grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) the two organizations will expand access to capital and business advisory services for tourism-related businesses and help diversify the region’s economy.
May 5, 2016
Wells Fargo And The Natural Capital Investment Fund Expand Green Lending To Diverse Communities

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.— Wells Fargo today issued a $1.6 million award to the Natural Capital Investment Fund (NCIF), a green business lender that supports locally-owned enterprises in Central Appalachia and the Southeast. As a result, the Fund will expand access to lending and business advisory services for African American farmers and small business owners, primarily in Eastern North Carolina.
October 28, 2015
USDA Grant To Support Local Food Systems In Central Appalachia

Shepherdstown, W.V.—The Natural Capital Investment Fund (NCIF)— a green business lender supporting locally-owned enterprises in Central Appalachia and the Southeast— has received a $99,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to enhance farm-to-fork delivery and expand the supply and selection of local produce between wholesale markets in West Virginia, Ohio and Southwest Virginia. The Local Food Promotion Program grant, provided through USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, and an additional $33,000 of matching funds will help farmers, processors, cooperative groceries and food hubs and retailers meet growing demand for local food, improve distribution channels and build strong and profitable businesses.
May 14, 2014
Ground-Breaking Program Launched to Aid Timber Harvesters and Haulers
This release was distributed by the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities. 

One of the best-known names in tree-growing and forest stewardship is the first forest products company in America to participate in a new program that will boost the economic vitality and sustainability of the nation’s 10,000 independent timber harvesters and haulers. Weyerhaeuser has teamed up with the Southern Loggers Cooperative, the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities and the Natural Capital Investment Fund to launch a program that will significantly improve access to cost-effective diesel fuel.
February 27, 2014
Endowment And Partners Announce Pilot Program In South Carolina Designed to Aid Timber Harvesters and Haulers

Greenville, S.C.—The most under-appreciated and yet critically-important link in the forest products industry value chain—from tree grower to end consumer—is comprised of nearly 10,000 small, independent business contractors—America’s timber harvesters and haulers (a.k.a. “loggers”). The folks who harvest mature trees and transport them to a converting mill.
July 14, 2013
Endowment And NCIF Invest To Enhance Viability Of Nation’s Timber Harvesters
Greenville, S.C. – America’s forest landowners and forest products industries rely heavily on a cadre of small businesses for the harvesting and transporting of trees. If those small businesses don’t thrive, forest landowners and converting mills suffer.
February 11, 2013
NCIF Helps Century-Old Family Farm Expand Operations

Washington County, Ohio – The Conservation Fund’s Natural Capital Investment Fund (NCIF), the Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnet), and Rural Action celebrated a collaboration that helped the Stacy family of Marietta increase their farming operations and preserve the agricultural tradition of Central Appalachia.