Investing in Appalachia



About us


Savage Grant is an investment firm committed to growing businesses throughout Appalachia. Our goal is to achieve market rate returns while tackling some of the region's toughest problems. Capital investments made in our Opportunity Zone Fund are reinvested in companies or ventures that are likely to create jobs in economically distressed areas of West Virginia and the Appalachian region.

Our investments


Savage Grant has a proven track record of building and revitalizing businesses. In addition to growing our current investments, we are actively seeking new opportunities to launch or acquire stand-alone or bolt-on businesses within central Appalachia.

Our impact investing approach focuses on addressing three main challenges we believe are top priorities for the region:

Environment

Problem:

Protecting and sustaining our natural resources is crucial to our ability to survive and thrive.  The nation's aging infrastructure combined with our region's wet climate and industrial history puts water quality, in particular, at the forefront of our priorities.

Solutions:

Investments:

Service Pump & Supply provides clean water, wastewater and stormwater management solutions for companies and communities throughout central Appalachia.

Human Capital

Problem:

Our region has some of the lowest workforce participation rates in the country. The talents of women, in particular, often go unrecognized with fewer women in our area graduating from college, working, and holding leadership positions.

Solutions:

Investments:

CentralApp connects skilled workers in Appalachia to companies in need of tech talent. The company focuses heavily on supporting women pursuing tech careers.

Mountain Point is a digital transformation consulting firm helping manufacturers compete in the world of Industry 4.0.

Community Programs:

West Virginia Veterans connects veterans with career opportunities and resources to transition to civilian life.

Economic Inequality

Problem:

The generational cycles of poverty that have, unfortunately, become a trademark of our region are perpetuated by persistent unemployment and stagnant economic activity.

Solutions:

Investments:

Our Opportunity Zone fund strategically invests capital in economically distressed communities to create jobs, spur growth, and promote quality of life.

Community Programs:

Appalachian Connection aims to champion and foster the future leaders of Appalachia by helping ease the financial burdens of higher education.

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