Energy efficiency represents a significant opportunity to promote profitability, job creation, health and wellness, and resiliency. NCIFund delivers targeted technical assistance to help small businesses, farms, nonprofit organizations and municipalities take control of their energy costs and advance a diverse energy economy in central Appalachia and the Southeast.

We’ve helped enterprises invest in lighting and equipment upgrades, whole-building renovations and adding renewable energy systems with advice, hands-on assistance and project financing. Assistance can include:

  • Cost-share for energy audits / feasibility studies
  • Project development
  • Vendor recommendations
  • Grant writing, e.g., USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grant
  • Loan structuring, senior and subordinated debt

We also support clean energy companies directly with loans for working capital, equipment and even real estate acquisition. Whether you’re a business, nonprofit, municipality, vendor, investor or another lender, we can work together.

To submit a request for energy related technical assistance, complete the short form below so we can determine what resources are available to you, as incentives vary:

Mini-Grants for Solar and Energy Efficiency

Solar and energy efficiency improvements can reduce utility bills, improve productivity and asset value, and provide tax credits– making businesses more profitable. Through our Mini-Grants for Solar and Energy Efficiency program, eligible businesses and farms can get mini-grants to evaluate energy savings and secure project funding. Mini-grants are available through federal funding from the USDA. Applicants must meet eligible area and size requirements.

Funding is limited. Contact NCIFund to check eligibility and apply. 

For more information, contact our Energy Project Manager Hannah Vargason at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | (681) 252-4283.

NCIFund serves West Virginia; North Carolina; the Appalachian regions of Maryland, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia; and parts of South Carolina and Georgia. If you’re not in this service area, don’t worry. We have relationships with similarorganizations across the country. Feel free to reach out and we’ll direct you to a great local resource.