Financing Programs - Fund for Community Economic Development

The Loan to Lenders component of this program is partially funded by the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI).

IF YOU ARE: A community economic development organization or a for-profit developer of real estate development projects in urban and Smart Growth locations.

YOU CAN APPLY FOR:

  • Loans to lenders
    • Up to $750,000 in loans for urban-based community organizations with successful Loans to Lenders history with EDA who in turn offer term loans and lines of credit to micro-enterprises and small businesses not qualified for traditional bank financing.
    • Up to $500,000 in loans for newly applying urban-based community organizations who in turn offer term loans and lines of credit to micro-enterprises and small businesses not qualified for traditional financing.
  • Predevelopment funding: Up to $50,000 in funds for feasibility studies and other predevelopment costs that will determine the viability of a real estate project.
  • Real estate funding: Up to $1.25 million in loans to fill financing gaps in the development of community facilities and other real estate-based economic development projects, including associated environmental remediation costs.

**The base rate is the 5-Year United States Treasury plus 100 basis points (for fixed rate loans) and Prime minus 150 basis points (for variable rate loans).  The base rate will be adjusted using criteria which includes the applicant's creditworthiness, public policy and amortization.  The interest rate floor for the program is 3.00%.

BENEFITS: The Fund for Community Economic Development Program provides financial assistance to community-based organizations and for-profit developers to encourage urban revitalization.

FEES*:

  • Application fee: $1,000
  • Commitment fee: 0.875% of loan amount
  • Closing fee: 0.875% of loan amount

Division of Taxation Tax Clearance Certificate Application Processing Fee: $75 for standard processing; $200 for expedited processing (response within three business days)

*All fees are non-refundable.

** For Loans to Lenders only, interest rate is 2% fixed with up to 15 year term with principal moratorium for up to 5 years, then P & I to fully amortize the loan for the remaining 10 years.

Loans to Lenders FAQ (updated 10/27/2011)