What we do
The Mountain Association invests in people and places in Eastern Kentucky to advance a just transition to a new economy that is more diverse, sustainable, equitable and resilient.
We serve this mission in a number of ways. Our Lending team offers loans to existing and startup businesses and organizations. Because we are a Community Development Financial Institution and a nonprofit, we can offer greater flexibility and lend to those who may not otherwise qualify. Unlike most traditional lenders, we offer flexible payment schedules and a variety of other services.
Our Business Support program connects business owners and nonprofit leaders to consultants who can help them succeed – from website development to professional photography, and more.
Our Energy experts help businesses, nonprofits, public agencies and homeowners find much-needed energy savings. We do this through utility bill analysis, on-site energy efficiency and solar assessments, financing, and grant application support.
We also engage in research, communications and advocacy for policy and narrative change, and work with partners on a variety of projects to demonstrate what’s possible in Eastern Kentucky.
We serve communities across
Our Equity Goal & Updates:
The Mountain Association is committed to building a strong and sustainable Appalachian Kentucky rooted in hope and inclusion with an economy that is more diverse, sustainable, equitable and resilient. We strive to foster an inclusive environment internally for our team and externally through program development and implementation, equitable lending practices, and partnerships in the communities we serve.
Since 2018, we have been on an intentional journey to make our work more equitable, inclusive and accessible. We are sharing regular updates on our progress through our blog:
Update 1: January 2018 – May 2022
Update 2: June 2022-December 2022
Our Affiliates and Fiscal Sponsorships:
We provide support to networks and non-profits that are aligned with our mission. Currently, we provide fiscal sponsorship and support for three networks and two affiliates that are advancing a just transition to a new economy: Central Appalachian Network, Ridgeway Leadership, What’s Next EKY?!, Kentucky Natural Lands Trust and Kentucky Center for Economic Policy.