Economic disparity and systemic inequality are stark and pervasive across the Washington region where white households have an average net worth 81 times that of Black households. And though entrepreneurship is critical to closing that gap, entrepreneurs of color are more likely to be denied loans, receive lower amounts, pay higher rates, or not apply at all. Wacif focuses on communities east of the Anacostia River for almost half its lending. It also offers robust advisory services, from one-to-one business counseling to intensive, multi-week courses. The businesses Wacif serves will continue to need its support as they face an uncertain, still changing, economy.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 5

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; DC-Ward 1; DC-Ward 2; DC-Ward 3; DC-Ward 4; DC-Ward 5; DC-Ward 6; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; VA-Arlington County; VA-City of Alexandria

Age Groups Served: Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Women/Girls

  • Jobs created or retained annually:   108 Jobs created or retained
  • Amount lent in 2015 to underserved business owners:   $1,700,000
  • Percent of clients that are women or minority-owned businesses:   75%
  • Hours of Business Counselling:   2,000

Awards & Recognition

DC Chamber of Commerce Chairman's Distinction Award - 2015


Budget (FY2022)

  • The current budget for Washington Area Community Investment Fund is: $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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