Healthy Vendor Fund

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In 2012, RISE partnered with Bank of the West to pilot a new revolving loan fund specifically tailored to the needs of food vendors. For many food entrepreneurs, it is difficult to get capital to buy equipment, pay for their licenses, or market their business. With the support of Bank of the West, RISE’s pilot program Healthy Vendor Fund offers loans of up to $2,500* for food vendors who need capital to grow their business. Clients may use the fund to buy a food cart, purchase a “truck wrap” for marketing purposes, or even pay for their annual health department licenses. View our brochure HERE:

In addition, funded applicants can treat themselves to a suite of additional programs and services to support their business. Customized trainings and workshops are offered regularly as well as opportunities to network to farmers markets and other entrepreneurs. Participants can request one-on-one or group counseling and even pick from our menu of internet and marketing services.


For interested members RISE offers both the California Food Handlers Card and Food Manager Certification through our partner Bilingual Food Handlers School logo3TM_srcset-large

Up and Coming Orientations and Trainings

The Pilot Program | Closed for Funding. Update in 2016 (Get updates)

  • Provides small loans between $1,500 and $2,500, for equipment and permits with no credit check
  • Offers you business education to help your business grow
  • Connects you to other entrepreneurs who can support you and your business
  • Helps connect you to farmers markets and other clientele
  • *Loans of up to $5,000 are available in certain cases

Do I Qualify?

To qualify for the Healthy Vendor Fund you must demonstrate the capacity to pay pack back the loan. This requires that you provide proof of earned monthly income.  You can assess your capacity by using the following guide:

  • Loan amount: $500 Required Monthly Income: $112.50 or higher
  • Loan amount: $1,000 Required Monthly Income: $225 or higher
  • Loan amount: $2,500 Required Monthly Income: $562.50 or higher
  • Loan amount: $5,000 Required Monthly Income: $1,125 or higher

 Some of the Businesses We’ve Helped

Ready to Start?

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323.233.1900 ext. 231 / hassan(at)

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