Financial Resources

Financial Resources

Learn more about local, state, and federal grants and loan programs available to businesses below.


Main Street America Backing Small Business Grant

In partnership with American Express, the Backing Small Businesses grant program supports economically vulnerable and under-resourced small businesses with community reach. Businesses can apply for $10,000 for their business. The application window closes on April 7, 2024. Click to learn more and apply.

Vermont Community Foundation Nonprofit Grants

Generally, the Foundation's grant rounds are oriented towards place-based and community-level work. We have many grants that are specific to a topic and a region, which are made possible by our relationships with generous donor partners.

Find VCM's Available Grants 

US Small Business Administration Recovery Hub

SBA is dedicated to the success of the nation’s small businesses and can help your small business weather the storm through every stage of the business lifecycle, whether you need help recovering from the pandemic or overcoming challenges of a different kind.

Find SBA Support

Find a Local SBA office

State Trade Expansion Program (STEP)

Funding through reimbursements for businesses seeking to diversify and expand into international markets through trade shows, trade missions, market research, e-commerce, and export education. 

Learn about STEP

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)

Funding through solicitations to encourage domestic small businesses to engage in Federal research and research and development in partnership with research institutions. In Vermont SBIR funding can be matched by Elevate Vermont.

Learn about SBIR and STTR


City of Burlington Revolving Loan Programs

The City manages two no-interest revolving loan programs both aimed at supporting locally-owned businesses and industries that were impacted or disproportionally impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with particular focus on BIPOC, women-owned, and other underserved businesses. To learn more and apply, visit the Revolving Loan Programs site.

Vermont Community Loan Fund

VCLF is an alternative community-focused lender that provides loans to local businesses, community organizations, nonprofits, early care and learning providers, and developers of affordable housing who wouldn't qualify for a loan from a traditional lender. Some of their loan programs include the following:

  • The Justice Forward Fund provides low interest loans for Vermonters traditionally and generally excluded from conventional financing markets and services.
  • SPROUT provides financing for start-ups and early-stage working lands entrepreneurs.
  • The Food, Farm, and Forests Fund provides flexible financing for farmers, food producers, and natural resource entrepreneurs.

Vermont Economic Development Authority

VEDA provides customized, low-interest financing solutions for start-ups and expanding businesses. Loan amounts go up to $500,000 for small businesses working in manufacturing, processing, warehousing, R&D, travel & tourism, IT, energy generation, and retail and service. Currently VEDA still has some funds available in their Short Term Forgivable Loan Program which focuses on providing assistance to businesses that continue to experience current and on-going economic harm due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn more about VEDA


Mainvest is an investment platform on a mission to democratize access to capital and access to investment, disrupting the way that local economies grow. Through Mainvest, small businesses can use community investment to fuel their growth with an innovative and flexible financing model. Meanwhile, investors across socioeconomic status and experience level can build localized portfolios with returns targeting 10-25% annually. Mainvest is based in Salem, MA, and has facilitated over $30MM of investment into over 300 businesses.

Learn more about Mainvest

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