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NJEDA Opens the NJ Capital Access Fund

NJEDA Opens the NJ Capital Access Fund

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA)announced the opening of the NJ Capital Access Fund. The fund will leverage Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs) to offer a working capital loan product that will better serve New Jersey-based small businesses.

The NJEDA-designated fund manager, Calvert Impact, will utilize and match NJEDA’s $50 million investment with State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) funding for a $100 million fund that supports a New Jersey loan participation program. The SSBCI funds, matched with raised private capital, will be used to purchase up to 80 percent of every eligible loan by participating community lenders.


The NJ Capital Access Fund was designed by the NJEDA to meet the needs of small businesses and nonprofits throughout New Jersey and to help serve a larger amount of New Jersey businesses by leveraging a technology platform through the Community Reinvestment Fund, USA.

The Capital Access Fund will work alongside six CDFI partners to offer working capital loans up to $250,000 to businesses that have been operating for at least 12 months, with a revenue of $10 million or less and fewer than 50 employees. The loan program will offer flexible features, including no minimum credit score or collateral requirements, terms from 36 to 60 months, low fees to borrowers, and competitive fixed interest rates.

Eligible businesses and nonprofits must:

  • Operate in the state of New Jersey
  • Have fewer than 50 employees
  • Have an annual revenue of $10 million or less
  • Have been in business for at least one year prior to the date of application
  • Demonstrate the ability to repay the loan through cash flow

Full details, including eligibility requirements and pre-applications, can be found here.  

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