Cost sharing &
professional services
are a winning
business strategy!

NCIC has provided over $1,700,000 in grant funds to over 300 businesses in
Vermont and New Hampshire, supporting over 2,200 jobs.

Professional Assistance

NCIC will help you fill a financial gap to preserve and create jobs in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and North Country of New Hampshire.

Throughout the years, NCIC has provided technical assistance to hundreds of businesses.  Funds are available for eligible businesses and nonprofits to support the cost of outside professional services to assist with:

  • Business planning and coaching 
  • Creative services
  • Permitting assistance
  • Website development
  • Marketing and branding support
  • Training
  • Architectural and engineering design
  • Feasibility and market studies
  • And more

In New Hampshire, businesses with 5 or fewer full-time equivalent employees and whose owner meets certain household income guidelines are eligible for up to $2,000 in services at no cost to the business. These funds are made available through a New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) Micro-enterprise grant.

In Vermont and New Hampshire, funds are available for businesses through the USDA Small Business Cost Share Program. Businesses with fewer than 50 employees and gross profit under $1,000,000 are eligible. The grant could cover as much as 65% of the project cost with the business cost-share component at 35%. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How much grant money can I receive?

Total amount of grant funds is loosely based on the number of employees you have, the area you are located in, and the funds we have remaining.

What can grant funds be used for?

Grant funds can be used for “soft costs” such as website development, marketing assistance, graphic design, branding, training. Funds cannot be used for things such as purchasing equipment, inventory, real estate, construction.

How long does it take to get approved?

Once we have a complete application, NCIC does a review which can typically be completed within a few days. The request is then sent to USDA for concurrence. This process can take a few days to several weeks. Unfortunately, we cannot control their timeline.

How do I apply for grant funds?

Our Business Program Administrator can assist you by phone or in person. Call the office at 802-748-5101 for more information.

How can I help?

Aimee Quimby

Aimee Quimby

Business Programs Administrator

Manages Technical Assistance Grants for Small Businesses

aquimby@ncic.org

Office: (802) 748-5101 ext. 2019

NCICIMPACT

The Notch Climbing Gym

The Notch Climbing Gym

Reach New Heights! 
There’s a new climbing gym coming to the Upper Valley! The Notch Climbing Gym will be located in Lebanon, NH with plans to be open in 2022. They will be a full-service modern indoor facility providing 13,000 square feet of modern bouldering, lead, and top rope climbing. NCIC provided assistance with a technical assistance grant for design plans for the gym.

Bowl of asian noodle dish

Supa Spice

Grab and Go Global Fare! 
When Supa Spice was ready to establish a brick and mortar location they came to NCIC. We were able to help be administering funds from the USDA cost-share program to have a logo, tagline, and signage designed.

The Old Stone House Historical Society Building

Old Stone House Museum

A Piece of Northeast Kingdom History! 
NCIC was initially approached for assistance to hire a consultant to help them with their fundraising efforts.

Harman's Cheese Country Store Sign

Harman’s Cheese and Country Store

Say Cheese!
NCIC received COVID relief grant funds through the CDFA Micro grant program which we were able to utilize in addition to the technical assistance grant funds through CDFA to help Harman’s.

Phlume Media was instrumental in making Adaptive Motorsports and Wellness aware of the Northern Community Investment Corporation (NCIC) support and services. Adaptive Motorsports and Wellness signature product, VXP2.com, needed a web site and filming in order to share a visual of the benefits of our unique product and services. NCIC Business Programs Administrator Aimee Quimby worked with us to secure needed funding to share the best kept secret from the Great North Woods to a growing Global Market … during the pandemic no-less.

Adaptive Motor Sports

NCIC funding has helped us immensely over the last year and a half. With their support, we were able to rebrand, redesign and refresh our print collateral, design custom items for our gift shop and hire professional consultancy during phases of strategic planning and other development initiatives. Now our organization proudly boasts a new look which properly reflects our new momentum as well as the development support to see us through this phase of exciting growth!

Old Stone House Museum