PVGrows Investment Fund Inquiry Form

The PVGrows Investment Fund offers loans to local farm and food businesses. Applicants with varying degrees of experience, and enterprises at various stages, including: startups, established enterprises, private for-profit businesses, cooperatives, and non-profits are all encouraged to apply. Please feel free to indicate N/A to questions that do not apply to you.

This form has 3 components:
Section 1: Business Information
Section 2: Loan Overview
Section 3: Local Food System Impacts

Note: The information that you provide will be kept confidential for the sole purpose of consideration by the PVGrows Investment Fund, and may not be disclosed to any third party or used for any other purpose without your permission.


Section 1: Business Information
First Name(s) *
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Last Name(s) *
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Business Name *
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Home Street *
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Home City *
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State *
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Zip *
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Phone *
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Email address *
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Website
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Section 2: Loan Overview
Total project cost ($) *
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Total project financing need ($) *
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Briefly describe what the loan funds will be used for. *
(100 words or less)
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Loan amount requested (approximate $) *
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Date funds needed *
mm/yy
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Have you applied to a Bank or others for financing? *
If so, please describe the status of these efforts. (100 words or less)
Note: Being denied by a bank does not rule out applicants. The PVGrows Loan Fund's mission is to lend to enterprises that are not necessarily a good fit for standard bank loans.
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What other sources of financing might you use alongside of the PVGrows Investment Fund? *
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Are you likely to need future rounds of financing to meet your business objectives? *
Have you drafted a business plan and/or conducted any feasibility studies? *
If so, please send us the relevant information.
If not, please describe your market size, marketing efforts and delivery model. (200 words or less)
Note: Be sure to include adequate detail to assist reviewers in understanding your core business model.
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Are you interested in receiving business assistance in conjunction with financing to support the growth of your enterprise? *
If so, what type of business assistance would you find most helpful?
If applicable, please explain in greater detail the areas where you are interested in receiving business assistance. (50 words or less)
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Do you anticipate any regulatory/licensing needs or potential regulatory hurdles? *
If so, please describe.
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Describe the proposed management & ownership structure. *
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Current employees *
Indicate # of employees: full- and part-time
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Expected New Hires *
Indicate #, full- or part-time, and timeline
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Will this loan allow you to retain employees? *
If so, please explain briefly.
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Date business started or projected start date *
mm/yy
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Additional information about history of operations
Optional
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Section 3: Local Food System Impacts
Note: The PVGrows Investment Fund does not expect projects to meet ALL of these criteria. Your response should simply describe the areas your project will impact.
1. Agricultural System Impact: What, if any, impact will your project have on the continued viability and growth of Pioneer Valley farms? (100 words or less) *
Examples: agricultural product/inputs are produced locally; value-adding activities take place locally; provides year-round value-added effort, benefits multiple farms/farm-related businesses, provides key piece of ag-related infrastructure, post-harvest activity such as handling, packing, processing, storage or distribution.
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2. Community Impact: What impact, if any, will your project have on the economic, social, and/or nutritional health of the Pioneer Valley? (100 words or less) *
Examples: proven long-term commitment to PV communities; ownership structure encourages long-term local control; ownership focuses on providing social benefit; more local food to local community; increases food access for underserved communities; increases healthy/nutritional food access for local community; creates new jobs at a reasonable rate of return; creates new high quality jobs that include benefits, job training and/or living wages.
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3. Local Environmental Impact: What impact, if any, will your project have on the environment? (100 words or less) *
Examples: improves ecological footprint by, for example, displacing food miles; improves farm-sector environmental practices; improves farm-sector energy use; re-uses pre-existing facilities; creates energy-efficient production processes for business.
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How did you hear about the PVGrows Investment Fund?
Please be specific, so we can develop our outreach
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