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Do you have an innovative small business that uses natural resources sustainably? Do you need capital to expand your business? Whether you're a woodworker making furniture from responsibly sourced wood, a farmer supplying gourmet herbs to local restaurants, or an eco-tourism guide in your scenic corner of the country, ShadeFund can help.
Who’s eligible? To be eligible for a ShadeFund loan, your business must use natural resources sustainably, and both you and the business must be located in the United States. See [Frequently Asked Questions] for more details about eligibility.
How much can I borrow? Loans range from $5,000 to $50,000 and can be used for equipment or working capital (such as inventory, new staff, certification, etc.)
How’s the process work? Once you fill out and submit the ShadeFund loan application below, ShadeFund will review your completed application and respond promptly to your request. If you’re approved, we’ll help you post a profile of your business on the ShadeFund website, where individuals can contribute towards your loan. Some borrowers may be eligible for special matching funds from corporations or other funders.
Please submit the following information in order to access the ShadeFund loan application. We’ll also send you a confirmation email that includes a link to the application.