Business Assistance

Clay County Alabama Economic Development Council

Business AssistanceClay County Alabama Economic Development Council

There are many grants, loans, and other assistance programs available through federal, state, and local government sources and we can assist your company in finding the right match. Assistance may also be available to municipalities to be used for site preparation, infrastructure projects, and project financing. For more information about the available assistance programs in Clay County, contact the Clay County Economic Development Council office at 256-396-2828.

Industrial Revenue Bonds (IRBs)

  • Administered by local economic development organizations
  • Available for qualifying new and expanding companies
  • Can be used for land, building, and equipment purchases
  • Have lower interest rates and offer tax benefits

Revolving Loan Funds

  • State program
  • Administered through local economic development organizations.
  • Provides gap financing for qualifying new and expanding industries that are creating new permanent jobs
  • Can be used for land, building, and equipment purchases, as well as working capital

Certified Capital Company Program (CAPCO)

  • Open to qualifying businesses that are headquartered in Alabama or are moving their headquarters to the state
  • Administered by the Department of Commerce and provides alternative funding to conventional bank financing

More information about this program can be found on the Department of Commerce website.


The Small Business Administration’s HUBZone Program has contracting assistance available.

Assistance includes:

  • Competitive and sole-source contracting
  • 10% price evaluation preference in full and open-contract competitions
  • Sub-contracting opportunities

USDA Rural Development

The USDA provides business assistance programs, including grants and loans for those companies looking to develop in rural areas. More information about these programs, including grant and loan information, can be found on the USDA Rural Development – Alabama website.

Site and Infrastructure Assistance

Ashland and Lineville are willing and able to apply for site preparation and infrastructure grants to assist new and expanding companies in Alabama.

  • Industrial Development Grant Program (Site Preparation)
    • Used for land and labor surveys, site preparation, and road construction projects
    • Based on amount of capital investment
  • Alabama Infrastructure Grant Program
    • Used to improve infrastructure on a site
  • Alabama Industrial Access Road and Bridge Program
    • Used to create industrial access to a site
    • Includes construction of roads and bridges
  • Grants from Alabama Department of Economic and Affairs