Loan Expression of Interest

Thank you for your interest in a Small Business Loan with Mercy Corps Northwest. Please follow the three-step process below to understand if you qualify.  Our loans are offered to entrepreneurs at amounts ranging from $500 to 50,000.

Step 1: Complete Expression of Interest
Fill out the survey below to see if you qualify for a loan.

Step 2: Meet with Our Loan Team 
Our loan team will review your responses and contact you directly to set up a one-on-one meeting. You can expect to discuss your funding needs, determine which loan is right for you, and receive a paper application during the meeting. 

Step 3: Apply for a Loan
Prepare and submit your application. You can anticipate a decision within 30 days. Once a loan has been approved, closing can happen within a week, and funds are directly deposited upon completion.

Si necesita ayuda en español para completar este formulario, comuníquese con nosotros a loans.mcnw@mercycorps.org.

للمساعدة باللغة العربية في إملاء هذا النموذج، يُرجى الاتصال بنا على: loans.mcnw@mercycorps.org

If you are in the idea or launch stage, what county will your business be located in?
If you are in the idea or launch stage, what county will your business be located in?


Great, let's continue with your inquiry!


Unfortunately, it looks like you do not qualify under the guidelines of Mercy Corps Northwest's loan program. We cannot underwrite loans to anyone under 18 years of age or outside of Oregon or Washington. If you have additional questions or would like to discuss this matter further, please contact us at loans.mcnw@mercycorps.org.

Please let us know if any of the following statements apply:

At Mercy Corps Northwest we are unable to provide financing for applicants who have:

  • Declared bankruptcy within the previous 12 month period.
  • Unpaid collection accounts, unless there is a written repayment plan in place for at least 6 months.
  • Unpaid judgments, unless there is a written repayment plan in place for at least 6 months
  • Unpaid tax liens, unless there is a written repayment plan in place for at least 6 months.
  • Current late payments or delinquencies on their accounts.
  • Past due child support.


However, we do offer training and advising for credit related issues.

Here are some helpful resources to consider:

  1. Sign up for credit counseling through MCNW to find out exactly where your credit stands.  You'll get a copy of your credit report and learn more about next steps for your situation.
  2. Use this link to learn more about how credit works and some helpful tips on how to improve your score.
  3. Find out more about our small business grants program, also called our IDA program.  It is not based upon credit and pairs valuable training with a match on the money you save.
  4. Check out our upcoming classes and events to see what may benefit your business.

If you have additional questions or would like to discuss this matter further, please contact us at (503) 896-5070 or loans.mcnw@mercycorps.org.


At Mercy Corps Northwest we are unable to provide financing for applicants who have credit scores under 550.  However, we do offer training and advising for credit related issues.

Here are some helpful resources to consider:

  1. Sign up for credit counseling through MCNW to find out exactly where your credit stands.  You'll get a copy of your credit report and learn more about next steps for your situation.
  2. Use this link to learn more about how credit works and some helpful tips on how to improve your score.
  3. Find out more about our small business grants program, also called our IDA program.  It is not based upon credit and pairs valuable training with a match on the money you save.
  4. Check out our upcoming classes and events to see what may benefit your business.

If you have additional questions or would like to discuss this matter further, please contact us at (503) 896-5070 or loans.mcnw@mercycorps.org.

Contact information


All questions are required! You will not be able to submit if you leave any blank. 

If you are in the idea or launch phase and do not yet have a business address, please put your home address. 
Include apartment, unit, suite number, etc.
Is your home address different from your business address?
Include apartment, unit, suite number, etc.
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What language do you feel most comfortable communicating in?
This will be helpful in responding to your questions and processing your application.  We offer Arabic, English, and Spanish language assistance. 

Loan questions

Describe your industry type (example: restaurant, construction, spa, school, etc.) and what goods and/or services you provide. 
Business stage: Please select your business stage that most closely applies.
You can also list other small business ownership experience here.
What are you trying to accomplish with this loan?
Mercy Corps Northwest is a microlender. Our maximum loan amount is $50,000.
What is the purpose of your loan? Please check all that apply.
For the categories you selected above, please break down your funding need by category and costs associated. For example: Work vehicle- $10,000, Equipment- $7,500, Working capital- $15,000, etc. 

If you selected "other", please describe in more detail.
If yes, please describe the sources and amounts. 
Describe sources of income that can be used to make loan payments. 

Sources of income can include business revenue, wages from outside employment, Social Security benefits, Social Security Disability, rental income, unemployment, pension/retirement/annuities/401ks/IRAs, military benefits, dividends or interest from stocks and bonds, workers compensation, etc.

Demographic information

At Mercy Corps Northwest we encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply for our programs but particularly welcome people from traditionally underserved/undercapitalized populations such as those who identify as women and minorities, LGBTQ+, those with disabilities, veterans, etc. 

All data and information collected will remain anonymous and confidential. We aggregate data to report trends and analyze performance, but there is no personal data associated with these reports. 
MM/DD/YYYY
Do you identify as a person with a disability?
Are you a Veteran?
Gender
Do you identify as LGBTQ+?
Are you Hispanic?
Race
Race or ethnicity (select all that apply)
What is your United States residency status?
If you heard about the loan program from another organization or source not listed, please specify. 
Mercy Corps Northwest also offers grants and training for small businesses. Would you like to find out more about these programs?