EDA Revolving Loan Fund Resource Center
The EDA Revolving Loan Fund Program is a staple of the federal economic development access to capital delivery system. The program, established in 1975, is designed to provide grants to state and local governments, political subdivisions, and nonprofit organizations to operate a lending program that offers low-interest loans to businesses that cannot get traditional bank financing. Grant recipients are required to manage their RLF according to their RLF administrative plan, a document that describes the lending strategy and administrative procedures for a specific RLF project.
The EDA RLF Resource Center is provided as a component of the CDFA EDA RLF Best Practices Program
. The Resource Center is a centralized location to learn about a variety of best practices related to revolving loan funds and download materials from trainings and webinars as well as sample loan applications, marketing materials, RLF plans, regulatory guidance, and more.
EDA RLF Grantees are encouraged to share sample materials from their organizations. Resources should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the EDA Revolving Loan Fund Program pleasse visit EDAs website at www.eda.gov/rlf/
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-Understanding Revolving Loan Funds
A Guide to Public Sector Business Loan Funds
This report, produced by the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation and the Development District Association of Appalachia, examines the role of public sector loan funds and includes discussions on best practices
Establishing a Revolving Loan Fund
This fact sheet, produced by the Ohio State University Extension, discusses how to establish a loan fund to encourage small business development in a community. Included in this fact sheet is a discussion on the role of Revolving Loan Funds and the basic steps in establishing a Revolving Loan Fund.
Administering a Revolving Loan Fund
This fact sheet, produced by the Ohio State University Extension, discusses the basics of administering a Revolving Loan Fund. The fact sheet includes advice from application through loan servicing.
Revolving Loan Fund Reference Guide
The Revolving Loan Fund Reference Guide offers an in-depth look at RLF program development, implementation and management. This guide demonstrates how a RLF program can complement economic development strategies, encourage investment and assist traditionally underserved businesses. With seven case studies of proven RLF programs and over twenty sample documents, policies, and applications, this guide covers the essential elements of operating a successful RLF program.
-EDA Revolving Loan Fund Plans
-EDA Revolving Loan Fund Training Materials
-EDA Revolving Loan Fund Webinar Series
CDFA EDA Revolving Loan Fund Webinar Series: Solutions for Revolving Loan Fund Servicing
Awarding the loan is just the beginning of a longer process. In order to be successful, RLF staff must maintain regular communication with the borrower and provide ongoing loan servicing. Many RLFs have found success in building partnerships with professional lending institutions to manage their loan servicing while others prefer to maintain the servicing in-house. Speakers on this webinar included Mitchell Harrison with the U.S. Economic Development Administration, Harry Allen with CDFA, Amanda Ruark with Buffalo Trace Area Development District, and Amir Kirkwood with Amalgamated Bank.
CDFA EDA Revolving Loan Fund Webinar Series: Best Practices in Revolving Loan Fund Marketing
Hundreds of Revolving Loan Fund programs exist nationwide that are underutilized and in many cases unknown to the business and development industry. Marketing the RLF is a critical component in operating a successful program. A RLF agency should consider a variety of outreach methods in their specific community or region that can be employed in a marketing program. Listen Becca Schrader and Robin Weis discussed the best practices and innovative strategies they have learned and developed in marketing their RLF programs.
CDFA EDA Revolving Loan Fund Webinar Series: Utilizing the Toolbox Approach
Hundreds of development finance programs exist at the federal, state, and local level. These programs have been created to address the financing needs of business, industry, real estate, housing, environmental and community development entities. Individually, none of these programs are a silver bullet solution to economic development challenges. The toolbox approach brings together the best of these financing concepts and techniques to provide a comprehensive response to capital and resource needs. Listen as Toby Rittner with the Council of Development Finance Agencies discusses the various development finance tools that can be utilized to enhance the efforts of your Revolving Loan Fund.
CDFA EDA Revolving Loan Fund Webinar Series: Staffing and Day to Day Management Approaches
Staffing a Revolving Loan Fund requires a team of financial specialists and dedicated sources of revenue. In one approach – best for funds issuing a higher volume of loans – each team member is responsible for a different stage of the lending process. An alternative approach assigns each loan to an individual who monitors it from beginning to end. Revenue sources can be diverse, but generally staff are supported by the interest charged on loans. Listen as Jennifer Hibbard, Robyn Jacobson and Michelle Beecher discuss strategies for developing RLF staff and implementing effective management policies.
CDFA EDA Revolving Loan Fund Webinar Series: Developing a Loan Committee and Monitoring Their Involvement
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Revolving Loan Fund committees are essential to a program’s success. If properly leveraged, the RLF Committee can be a key resource in finding borrowers for your RLF program and making good decisions for sustainability of the fund. Many successful loan committees are made up of bankers, non-traditional lenders, city officials and small business owners alike. It is essential that RLF staff have guidelines in place to monitor and encourage board involvement. Speakers on this webinar included Terry Hegle with Business Oregon, Ken Pearson with Northwest Regional Planning Commission, and Tricia Wilson and Carol Meredith with the City of Newport News, VA.
The CDFA EDA RLF Best Practices Program was prepared by the Council of Development Finance Agencies using Federal funds under award ED17HDQ3030053 from the Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Economic Development Administration or the U.S. Department of Commerce.