USDA Rural Economic Development Loan & Grant Program
The USDA Rural Economic Development Loan & Grant Program provides zero-interest loans and grants to Rural Utilities Service borrowers to promote rural economic development and job creation projects.
Loans are passed through the REC to the Ultimate Recipient. Grants are used to capitalize the REC revolving Loan Fund. The initial loan is made to the Ultimate Recipient.
- Loan: 50% of project cost.
- Grant: $300,000 requires a 20% match from the member cooperative.
Maximum Maturity: up to 10 years.
Rates & Fees: Interest rate is 0%; borrower pays closing fees; up to 1% servicing fee charged annually.
Loan Uses: Construction, land acquisition, equipment purchase and other uses approved by the electric cooperative. Loan criteria are heavily weighted on job creation, employee training and improvements in local economic factors.
Additional Information: Federal lending regulations are imposed on project, including compliance with laws pertaining to civil rights, wages, American Disability Act, equal opportunity employment, historic, etc.
An environmental review of the projects is required for construction projects.
For more information, contact Joe Green at 952.492.2313 or 800.282.6832.
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