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Financial Assistance

Lending Programs

Grant Opportunities

Micro Enterprise Loan Programs

Latino Economic Development Corporation: Supports economic and social advancement of low- to moderate- income Latinos and other underserved communities in the D.C. and Baltimore Metropolitan Areas by equipping them with the skills and tools to achieve financial independence and become leaders in their communities.

Ethiopian Community Development Council:  ECDC develops programs that respond to the needs of newcomers to the United States and increases awareness about refugee and newcomer issues at home and abroad.

Washington Area Community Investment Fund: provides access to capital and technical assistance to small businesses, childcare centers, affordable housing developers, and community organizations in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Alternative Sources of Funding

Crowdfunding : a new mechanism to help companies raise project related donations through social media platforms. There are many crowdfunding platforms to choose from, each with a unique model and focus. 

Top Crowdfunding Sites

Crowdfunding is by definition, “the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet.”

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