Financing for Small Businesses
The REAL People’s Fund is a community capital fund offering equitable access to finance for small businesses in the historically disinvested East Bay communities of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.
Founded and democratically-governed by six community organizing groups, this unique fund directly addresses the systemic failures that prevent entrepreneurs in Black communities, Indigenous communities, and communities of color from accessing the financing their businesses need to thrive. Our goal is to build economic power and expand opportunity for everyday people.
The Crisis for Black & Brown Businesses
The organizations managing this fund have decades of community organizing experience, and are deeply rooted in their communities. This is a real opportunity to generate collective wealth and economic power in BIPOC communities.
–Tash Nguyen, REAL People’s Fund
Network Coordinator and Board Chair
The REAL People’s Fund is democratically managed by the following community groups who advocate for community interests and hold power in determining what kind of development their communities need.
Fund Administration & Support
The REAL People’s Fund combines grassroots ownership and control by local community organizing groups with professional fund management by the following partners:
Loan Program Manager
Community Foundation Partner