AT FIRST SOUTHWEST COMMUNITY FUND

We believe in thriving rural economies through inclusive and equitable access to capital.

First Southwest Community Fund (FSWCF) was created in 2015 by First SouthWest Bank to provide risk mitigating gap funding. FSWCF is headquartered in Alamosa, CO but serves rural Colorado in its entirety. Unlike the rest of the state, rural Colorado has not felt the same levels of increased economic prosperity post-recession. In fact, Colorado’s three persistent poverty counties lie in the rural south.

FSWCF has a primary mission of supporting tangible economic opportunities throughout rural Colorado by making much needed non-traditional capital (loans) available to emerging and existing businesses, which in turn create, retain and grow jobs. Often times, it is the FSWCF loan that enables a bank to get to a “yes” while staying within the parameters of its loan policy.

By promoting economic development in distressed communities, FSWCF helps create and retain jobs while encouraging the development of critical community infrastructure.

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First Southwest Community Fund supports the dedicated entrepreneurial spirit of rural Colorado by investing in the people, culture and ideas that fuel innovation and financial knowledge in our community, with an emphasis in areas of greatest need.

Our Values

Collaborative

We believe together we make a bigger impact. We work alongside our partners to provide capital, capacity building, support, and encouragement to small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Innovative

We are mission driven and believe in creating progressive, impactful, creative programs that will create change for our rural communities through our entrepreneurial model.

Collaborative

We believe together we make a bigger impact. We work alongside our partners to provide capital, capacity building, support, and encouragement to small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Innovative

We are mission driven and believe in creating progressive, impactful, creative programs that will create change for our rural communities through our entrepreneurial model.

Community

We believe in rural. We are people driven and our rural communities are the heart and soul of everything we do.

Sustainability

We believe in all definitions of sustainability–protecting our environment, financial stability and organizational growth are all essential for the change we need to see in our communities.

Inclusivity

We believe in an inclusive society, where all have equitable access to finance and resources. We aspire to be inclusive in our processes, programs, and partnerships, and value diversity, equity, and inclusivity in everything that we do.

Community

We believe in rural. We are people driven and our rural communities are the heart and soul of everything we do.

Inclusivity

We believe in an inclusive society, where all have equitable access to finance and resources. We aspire to be inclusive in our processes, programs, and partnerships, and value diversity, equity, and inclusivity in everything that we do.

Sustainability

We believe in all definitions of sustainability–protecting our environment, financial stability and organizational growth are all essential for the change we need to see in our communities.

In 2021 we invested $6 million in businesses across Colorado through grants and loans.