Increasing Capital Access Through Technical Assistance

South Carolina Community Loan Fund conducts its annual demand survey in an attempt to better understand community development in our state. This year, we shifted the focus slightly, because we wanted to look beyond quantifying the unmet demand. We wanted to understand more about the barriers to successfully financing a community development project, and what we could do to help remove those barriers.

When asked about the obstacles standing between potential borrowers and adequate project financing, one of the top reasons cited was lack of equity. Also among the top three most common reasons were an organization's startup status, and respondents being unsure of how to apply.
The lack of equitable access to capital is due to persistent and compounding gaps in knowledge, wealth, and opportunity, and we know that we cannot afford to overlook the critical role technical assistance plays in filling those gaps.


Understanding that we can increase equitable access to capital through skill- and network-building programs encourages our team to continue bringing specialized learning opportunities to communities across South Carolina. Be sure to take a look at some of the technical assistance events and programs we offer below, and meet one of the team members responsible for bringing these programs to your communities.
LEAP ANDERSON
Deadline to apply: Friday, September 13th

LEAP helps develop minority-owned businesses, and the second session will take place in Anderson!

INVESTING IN COMMUNITY SUMMIT
Summit breakout sessions fall in three tracks: Invest SC, Capacity Building & Collaboration, and Advocacy & Policy Change. Visit the Summit website to view session descriptions and speakers!

TEAM SPOTLIGHT: KELLY SHARKEY
Kelly Sharkey, SCCLF's Program Manager, oversees technical assistance and advocacy efforts across the state. Read our Q&A to learn more about Kelly and her work.

LIVE, WORK, & WORSHIP
Faith-based organizations have a unique opportunity to develop their assets for the benefit of their communities, and they can learn how to do it at one of SCCLF's newest technical assistance events.

SC Community Loan Fund

(843) 973-7285
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