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Financing Resources for Cooperative Development

Financing resources for cooperative businesses include grants, loans, guaranteed loans, revolving loan funds, equity capital, and crowd sourcing. Funding can come from Federal agencies, private-public partnerships, lending institutions, Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), foundations, and other organizations. If your funding opportunity is not represented here, please contact us at CoopInfo@usda.gov.


GoFundMe is a funding portal through which cooperatives, other businesses, and individuals can raise money via Regulation Crowdfunding. Under Securities Exchange Commission rules, cooperative members, their families and friends, their customers, and other community members can invest in the cooperative over the internet. These rules require GoFundMe to provide specific information to potential investors. Further, investors who do not meet certain income or net worth requirements are limited in the amounts that they can invest.