Capital for Construction

Wish you could grow, but can't get out of the grind?We've got your back.

African American- and other minority-owned construction contracting businesses: 
We're here to help you overcome the barriers you often face on the path to growth – including struggling to pay up-front costs to complete projects, knowing you won't be paid until weeks after an invoice has been submitted.

Even if (especially if) you haven't had great experience with banking in the past, our job is to help you get financially ready to grow. Then, when you've got an opportunity, we'll make sure a lack of access to capital doesn't get in the way by fronting the cash with a low-interest, low-barrier loan.

Start now, and be ready when opportunity knocks:

View program details, including requirements, benefits and how it works.

General Contractor Partners
Learn more about the lineup of general contractors who partner with us to support minority-owned small businesses through this program. View roster.



ECDI's team will help assess what you need to do to be ready to grow, and then assist with business planning, financial training, MBE/WBE certification or any steps you need to take.


Once you've taken the steps to be loan ready, provide a signed copy of your contract and ECDI will work with you and the company you’re contracting with to sign appropriate joint payment agreements.


Complete our standard application process to borrow $5,000 to $350,000 for payroll, materials and project costs. No collateral outside of your contract is required. Applying may take 2-3 weeks or more, so start now to be ready when opportunity knocks!


After you have a successful loan under your belt, we'll help you continue your growth trajectory with procurement opportunities, ongoing training, mentor matching and more.

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Program Description

The Basics

Capital for Construction offers low-interest, short-term loans, enabling you to complete work on a contract, and then pay off the loan when you receive your payment. 

The Benefits

  • Access to capital
    Have funds to pay up front for suppliers and labor to fulfill a contract, even when you will not receive payment for weeks or months after you've sent your final invoice

  • Entrepreneur training
    Get no-cost training in accounting and other business practices, so you'll be confident managing this loan and other future financial contracts

  • Help with certifications
    Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Women Business Enterprise (WBE) and other certifications will open your business up to a host of government and other contracts 

  • Ongoing professional assistance
    Take advantage of continued technical assistance, business training and mentor matching

  • Procurement opportunities
    Receive notice of procurement opportunities from ECDI's network of large commercial building companies

The Details

  • Loan range
    $5,000 to $350,000


  • Expenses your loan can cover
    Loans can be used for labor, materials and other ancillary costs relating to completing the project work (usually about 50% of the total contract value)

  • Ability to fund multiple contracts
    After you've successfully paid off your first loan, you can mobilize up to three contracts at a time


  • 12 month term limit
    Capital for Construction loans are short-term, so loans must be paid back within 12 months or less.


  • Application and closing
    Standard application process and closing fees do apply to this loan. Your ECDI relationship manager will give you full details.


  • Time to loan
    Please be aware, you will need to complete the loan readiness and application processes before you can receive funds, which may take 2-3 weeks (or potentially longer if you are required to complete training or take other actions). We recommend that you begin the process now, so you're ready to move when you land that big contract!

The Requirements

  • Owned by African American or other minority entrepreneur
    Businesses must be owned and operated by a person who is African American or another ethnic or racial minority. (Note: We also offer a program for female entrepreneurs. Contact us to request information.)

  • Loan readiness
    Borrowers must be "loan ready." Our loan advisors will work closely with you to assess your standing and assure your readiness, including help with certifications, financial or other training, or any other steps that are needed for your business and specific situation.
    Each borrower must complete a loan readiness update on a yearly basis. 

  • MBE- or WBE-certified 
    Businesses must be certified. (We can assist.)

  • Contract
    Once you are loan ready, you must have a signed and dated contract from the company who is giving you the project, including a schedule of work and payment schedule.  

  • Joint payment authorization
    Once you have provided a signed copy of your contract, ECDI will work with you and the general contractor or company you're contracting with to sign appropriate joint payment authorization forms, stating that the general contractor will make payments directly to ECDI until the loan is paid in full.


  • Personal guarantee and LOI
    As part of the application process, you will be asked to sign a personal guarantee and letter of intent (LOI).


  • Licensed, insured, legal
    Borrowers must be licensed to operate, maintain appropriate P&C and liability insurance, be authorized to work in the United States, be legally structured, and/or meet any state or federal requirement for legally operating.


  • Reporting
    A site visit, payment schedules and periodic project status reporting are required after loans are issued, in addition to jobs reporting.

NOT Requirements

  • Property, inventory, or collateral other than your signed contract are not required. 

  • You are not required to have a high credit score.
    However, you might not be eligible if you owe personal or business taxes (exceptions made in special situations).


  • Strong banking history is not required.
    This program is made to level the playing field for those who have been under-served by traditional banks.

If you're not sure you'll qualify, or if you haven't landed a big contract yet, we encourage you to apply now. Our loan advisors will help you through the steps you'll need to take to be loan ready when you do find that game-changing contract opportunity.

Start now, and be ready when opportunity knocks:

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