Grow America’s MCI is an initiative developed with generous support of the W.K Kellogg Foundation
Taking our place within a national commitment to redress the historic and stubborn economic inequities for people of color. Connecting the broad range of Grow America’s development services – finance and lending, training and capacity building, technical assistance — to a local ecosystem of partners and stakeholders in communities of color.
We counsel – providing strategic guidance and technical assistance for community development, with more than 50 years of bringing development and capital to underserved communities throughout the country.
We lend – to younger businesses owned by BIPOC and women, with pre-loan counseling, mentoring, training and coaching. To more established businesses owned by BIPOC and women, with larger patient, flexible loans of more than $150,000. To strengthen the economic base of the community, provide jobs and build civic strength.
We train – building the capacity of small business owners, of community-based developers, of local development professionals – so they can maintain and expand their roles in job creation, community building and civic health.
We build – as development partners with local developers, as providers of social infrastructure.
MCI functions only within a local ecosystem of residents, organizations, institutions and businesses. Local leadership and stakeholders identify their priorities and harness Grow America’s resources to meet them.
Made possible by the support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, MCI is a national program, initially targeting these areas. Contact us about becoming a participating community.