Q: Business Grants and Loans in West Virginia: Funding for Your West Virginia Business

Note: there are more government programs, but applicants must contact the WV Department of Economic Development for details and application information. Here’s a link to the brochure


Department or Agency: West Virginia Department of Economic Development

Loan or Grant title: Governor’s Guaranteed Work Force Program

The Guaranteed Work Force Program provides funds for West Virginia employers to cover the costs of training, re-training, and upgrading worker skills at all levels of an organization. Both new and tenured employee training is eligible. Awards are limited to $2,000 per trainee, and overall funding is based on average starting wages, location, number of employees, and the number of trainees. West Virginia employers, or those looking to relocate to West Virginia, can learn more by contacting the program representatives via their website.


Department or Agency: West Virginia Department of Economic Development

Loan or Grant title: West Virginia STEP (State Trade Expansion Program)

West Virginia STEP supports small businesses looking to expand exports by helping to cover costs associated with attending foreign trade shows, organizing foreign trade missions, sales trips, foreign translation, and other activities to further international trade. Applicants can receive up to $15,000, limited to 75% of the amount spent on qualifying activities. See program guidelines for more information and to apply.


Department or Agency: West Virginia Small Business Development Center

Loan or Grant title: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Investment Fund

This West Virginia Small Business Development Center’s Innovation and Technology Fund earmarks funds for West Virginia organizations that win federal funds from the Small Business Innovation & Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant programs.  The amount of state matching funds varies based on the existing available balance in the State fund at the time of the application. Note that this is not typically a matching grant. Businesses can also apply for a $2,500 grant once their SBIR or STTR grants are submitted. See the webpage for more information and to apply.


Department or Agency: West Virginia Economic Development Authority

Loan or Grant title: Direct Loans

The West Virginia Economic Development Authority offers a two-tiered loan program to applicants seeking between $50,000 and $10,000,000 in loans. Acceptable uses include fixed assets for manufacturing, distribution centers, technology service companies, and other West Virginia businesses meeting job creation and retention guidelines. Participation percentages and required applicant equity vary by intended use. See the program webpage for complete details.


Department or Agency: West Virginia Economic Development

Loan or Grant title: Tourism Development Act

West Virginia seeks to encourage the development or expansion of destination projects to promote tourism to the state. Projects should create or preserve tourism jobs, improve the local economy, and generate new sources of tax revenue. Qualified projects can receive 25% of the project costs as a sales tax credit, taken over ten years, though companies can request a subsequent 15-year period to use credit if needed. Approved costs must exceed $1,000,000. Note projects may qualify for a 35% credit if they meet certain location requirements. Interested parties can apply directly to the West Virginia Department of Economic Development using the contact information provided on the website.


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