Community First Fund provides a variety of loans to individuals and community based organizations committed to starting or expanding small or mid-sized businesses, creating affordable housing units, or developing commercial spaces that will impact the community. Community First Fund charges nominal application fees ranging from $50 to $100.
Small Business Loans: Up to $50,000 for the starting of new businesses or expansion of existing businesses. Uses may include machinery and equipment purchases, site improvements, working capital, inventory, materials and supplies, and expansion.
Mid-sized Business Loans: From $50,000 to $500,000+ to support the increased capital needs of maturing businesses and may be used for such things as expanding or improving the business site and services provided, increasing supplies, materials and/or staff. The amount of loans to early stage and startup businesses will be considered on a case by case basis.
Community Development Loans: For the support of non-profit and community organizations to develop and support community-based programs.
Affordable Housing Loans: For for-profit and non-profit developers to rehabilitate affordable housing for rental or resale.
Commercial Mortgage Loans: Up to $500,000 for commercial properties used as retail space, wholesale operations, light manufacturing, storage, etc. The purpose can be to purchase, construct or refinance.
SBA Guaranteed Loans: Community First is an SBA approved lender. For more information on the SBA 7(a) program, Express, CommunityExpress, and Patriot Express visit the U.S. Small Business Adminstration’s Web site.
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Business & Community Development
Affordable Housing & Commercial Mortgage
For more information on these and other topics see our Community First Resources here.