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While the federal government does not provide grants for starting or growing small businesses, one of the mechanisms in place to promote small business growth and economic development is the Community Development Financial Institution Fund managed by the US Department of the Treasury.
Community Development Financial Institutions fall into four categories:
AI Wainwright LLC
BCLF Ventures II, LLC
Boston Bank of Commerce
Capital Link, Inc.
Dorchester Bay Neighborhood Loan Fund
Institute for Community Economics
Jobs for Fall River, Inc.
Local Enterprise Assistance Fund
NOAH Community Development Fund, Inc.
Nuestra Development Fund
WCHR Securities, Inc.
YouthBuild Loan Fund
The Value-Added Producer Grants program is geared towards helping the Independent Producers of Agricultural Commodities, Agriculture Producer Groups, Farmer and Rancher Cooperatives, and Majority-Controlled Producer-Based Business Ventures in developing techniques that would create marketing opportunities and establish business plans involving viable marketing opportunities that involve the production of bio-based products from agricultural commodities.
In keeping with this mission, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture has recently established the Common Bean Productivity Research for Global Food Security Competitive Grants Program in an attempt to develop approaches and methods that can efficiently address the various challenges facing common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) production among small holder producers in food insecure countries.