Business and Industry Loans

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Administered by:

US Federal Government Agency (see all agencies)
Department of Agriculture , Rural Business-Cooperative Service
CFDA #: 10.768

Purpose of this program:

To assist public, private, or cooperative organizations (profit or nonprofit), Indian tribes or individuals in rural areas to obtain quality loans for the purpose of improving, developing or financing business, industry, and employment and improving the economic and environmental climate in rural communities including pollution abatement and control.

Possible uses and use restrictions...

Direct loans may be extended for: (a) modernization, development costs; (b) purchasing and development of land, easements, rights-of-way, buildings, facilities, leases or materials; purchasing equipment, leasehold improvements, machinery and supplies; and (d) pollution control and abatement. Maximum loan size is $10 million and maximum time allowable for final maturity is limited to 30 years for land and buildings, the usable life of machinery and equipment purchased with loan funds, not to exceed 15 years, and 7 years for working capital. Interest rates for direct loans change quarterly and are equal to the prime interest rate in effect on the day the change is announced. Loans may not be made (a) to pay off a creditor in excess of the value of the collateral; (b) for distribution or payment to the owner, partners, shareholders, or beneficiaries of the applicant or members of their families when such persons shall retain any portion of their equity in the business; (c) for projects involving agricultural production; (d) for the transfer of ownership of a business unless the loan will keep the business from closing, or prevent the loss of employment opportunities in the area, or provide expanded job opportunities; (e) for financing community antenna television services or facilities; (f) for charitable and educational institutions, churches, fraternal organizations, hotels, motels, tourist homes, convention centers, tourist, recreation or amusement facilities, lending and investment institutions and insurance companies; (g) for any legitimate business activity where more than 10 percent of the annual gross income is derived from legalized gambling; and (h) for any project which is likely to result in the transfer of business or employment from one area to another or cause production which exceeds demand. Guaranteed loans may be extended for: (a) modernization, development costs; (b) purchasing and development of land, easements, rights-of-way, buildings, facilities, leases or materials; (c) purchasing equipment, leasehold improvements, machinery and supplies; (d) projects involving agricultural production, when not eligible for Farm Service Agency farmer program assistance and when it is part of an integrated business also involved in the processing of agricultural products and the agricultural production portion of the loan does not exceed the lessor of 50 percent of the total loan or $1 million; and (e) pollution control and abatement. Maximum loan size is $25 million and maximum time allowable for final maturity is limited to 30 years for land and buildings, the usable life of machinery and equipment purchased with loan funds, not to exceed 15 years, and 7 years for working capital. Interest rates for guaranteed loans are negotiated between the lender and the borrower. For loans of $5 million or less, the maximum percentage of guarantee is 80 percent. For loans over $5 million but not over $10 million, the maximum percentage of guarantee is 70 percent. For loans in excess of $10 million up to $25 million, the maximum percentage of guarantee is 60 percent. Losses on principal advanced, including protective advances, and accrued interest, may be guaranteed by the Agency, but the maximum loss paid by RBS will never exceed the original principal plus accrued interest. Loans may not be made for: (a) distribution or payment to the owner, partners, shareholders, or beneficiaries of the applicant or members of their families when such persons shall retain any portion of their equity in the business; (b) the transfer of ownership of a business unless the loan will keep the business from closing, or prevent the loss of employment opportunities in the area, or provide expanded job opportunities; (c) the guarantee of lease payments; (d) charitable institutions, churches, fraternal organizations, lending and investment institutions and insurance

Who is eligible to apply...

An applicant may be a cooperative, corporation, partnership, trust, or other legal entity organized and operated on a profit or nonprofit basis; an Indian tribe; a municipality, county, or other political subdivision of a State; or individuals in rural areas. Applicants for direct loans must be located in one of the fifty States, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, in rural areas other than a city, having a population of fifty thousand or more and its immediately adjacent urbanized and urbanizing area with a population density of more than one hundred persons per square mile, as determined by the Secretary of Agriculture according to the latest decennial census of the United States. In addition to the eligible locations for direct loans, applicants for guaranteed loans may also be located in the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Preference is given to loans in open country, rural communities and towns with populations of 25,000 or less, and, on applications of equal priority, to veterans. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or reside in the U.S. after being legally admitted for permanent residence and, if corporations, at least 51 percent owned by such individuals.

Eligible Applicant Categories:
Eligible Functional Categories:
Credentials/Documentation

Evidence of legal capacity, economic feasibility and financial responsibility relative to the activity for which assistance is requested. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Note:This is a brief description of the credentials or documentation required prior to, or along with, an application for assistance.

About this section:

This section indicates who can apply to the Federal government for assistance and the criteria the potential applicant must satisfy. For example, individuals may be eligible for research grants, and the criteria to be satisfied may be that they have a professional or scientific degree, 3 years of research experience, and be a citizen of the United States. Universities, medical schools, hospitals, or State and local governments may also be eligible. Where State governments are eligible, the type of State agency will be indicated (State welfare agency or State agency on aging) and the criteria that they must satisfy.

Certain federal programs (e.g., the Pell Grant program which provides grants to students) involve intermediate levels of application processing, i.e., applications are transmitted through colleges or universities that are neither the direct applicant nor the ultimate beneficiary. For these programs, the criteria that the intermediaries must satisfy are also indicated, along with intermediaries who are not eligible.

How to apply...

Application Procedure:

Part A of Form FMHA 449-1 is used for direct loans and Form 4279-1 is used for guaranteed loans and filed at the Rural Development State Office. These programs are excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110.

Note: Each program will indicate whether applications are to be submitted to the Federal headquarters, regional or local office, or to a State or local government office.

Award Procedure:

Applications are forwarded to the Rural Development State Director for review and final approval.

Note: Grant payments may be made by a letter of credit, advance by Treasury check, or reimbursement by Treasury check. Awards may be made by the headquarters office directly to the applicant, an agency field office, a regional office, or by an authorized county office. The assistance may pass through the initial applicant for further distribution by intermediate level applicants to groups or individuals in the private sector.

Deadlines and process...

Deadlines

Not applicable.

Note: When available, this section indicates the deadlines for applications to the funding agency which will be stated in terms of the date(s) or between what dates the application should be received. When not available, applicants should contact the funding agency for deadline information.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 120 days.

Preapplication Coordination

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. All preapplication letters must be coordinated fully with appropriate State agencies in keeping with E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs," in a manner that will assure maximum support of the State's strategies for development of its rural areas. The application form as furnished by the Federal agency must be used for this program. An environmental assessment is required and an environmental impact statement may be required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102.

Note: This section indicates whether any prior coordination or approval is required with governmental or nongovernmental units prior to the submission of a formal application to the federal funding agency.

Appeals

If an application is denied, the reasons for denial are fully stated. The lender or applicant may individually or jointly request mediation or an appeal hearing by the National Appeals Staff within 30 days provided the request is in writing. The requestor and State Director are notified of the decision by the Hearing Officer.

Note: In some cases, there are no provisions for appeal. Where applicable, this section discusses appeal procedures or allowable rework time for resubmission of applications to be processed by the funding agency. Appeal procedures vary with individual programs and are either listed in this section or applicants are referred to appeal procedures documented in the relevant Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

Renewals

Not applicable.

Note: In some instances, renewal procedures may be the same as for the application procedure, e.g., for projects of a non-continuing nature renewals will be treated as new, competing applications; for projects of an ongoing nature, renewals may be given annually.

Who can benefit...

Beneficiaries include cooperatives, corporations, partnerships, trust or legal entities organized and operated for profit or nonprofit, Federally recognized Indian Tribal Governments and individuals in rural areas of less than 50,000 population.

Beneficiaries
About this section:

This section lists the ultimate beneficiaries of a program, the criteria they must satisfy and who specifically is not eligible. The applicant and beneficiary will generally be the same for programs that provide assistance directly from a Federal agency. However, financial assistance that passes through State or local governments will have different applicants and beneficiaries since the assistance is transmitted to private sector beneficiaries who are not obligated to request or apply for the assistance.

What types of assistance...

Direct Loans

Financial assistance provided through the lending of Federal monies for a specific period of time, with a reasonable expectation of repayment. Such loans may or may not require the payment of interest.

Guaranteed/Insured Loans

Programs in which the Federal government makes an arrangement to identify a lender against part or all of any defaults by those responsible for repayment of loans.

How much financial aid...

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$35,000 to $10 million for direct loans; $35,000 to $25 million for guaranteed loans $559,471 (average size) for B&I direct loans; $1,836,853 (average size) for B&I guaranteed loans.

Note: This section lists the representative range (smallest to largest) of the amount of financial assistance available. These figures are based upon funds awarded in the past fiscal year and the current fiscal year to date. Also indicated is an approximate average amount of awards which were made in the past and current fiscal years.

Obligations

(Guaranteed Loans) FY 03 $906,501,963; FY 04 est $857,000,000; and FY 05 $800,000,000.

Note: The dollar amounts listed in this section represent obligations for the past fiscal year (PY), estimates for the current fiscal year (CY), and estimates for the budget fiscal year (BY) as reported by the Federal agencies. Obligations for non-financial assistance programs indicate the administrative expenses involved in the operation of a program.

Account Identification

12-4155-0-3-452; 12-1902-0-1-452; 12-0400-0-1-452.

Note: Note: This 11-digit budget account identification code represents the account which funds a particular program. This code should be consistent with the code given for the program area as specified in Appendix III of the Budget of the United States Government.

Examples of funded projects...

Loans made and guaranteed by RBS have been in order to assist a wide variety of manufacturing, retail, wholesale, and service businesses. Some recent loans and loan guarantees have assisted an agribusiness in expanding its service area, helped a radio station begin operations, provided access to capital for a catfish farm, assisted a textile firm in modernizing and expanding its operations, and provided working capital and financing for machinery and equipment for a printing company.

About this section

This section indicates the different types of projects which have been funded in the past. Only projects funded under Project Grants or Direct Payments for Specified Use should be listed here. The examples give potential applicants an idea of the types of projects that may be accepted for funding. The agency should list at least five examples of the most recently funded projects.

Program accomplishments...

There were 46 direct loans made in fiscal year 2001. It is estimated that 56 direct loans will be made in fiscal year 2002. There were 559 guarantees made in fiscal year 2001. It is estimated that there will be 1,088 guarantees made in fiscal year 2002.

Criteria for selecting proposals...

(1) Those projects that will save existing jobs, (2) improve existing business and industry, (3) create the greatest number of permanent jobs, (4) contribute to the overall economic stability of rural areas.

Assistance considerations...

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The letter of conditions for the direct loan and the Conditional Commitment for the guaranteed loan specifies the time limit for the use of funds. The Loan Note Guarantee for a guaranteed loan will be issued when all of the requirements of the Conditional Commitment have been or will be met.

Formula and Matching Requirements

Matching funds are not required. For existing businesses, applicants are required to provide a minimum of 10 percent tangible balance sheet equity for guaranteed and direct loans. For new businesses, at least 20 percent is required for guaranteed loans. For direct loans, new businesses and those businesses which cannot offer personal or corporate guarantees, or for energy- related businesses, 20-25 percent equity is required. Feasibility studies are normally required. Exceptions to the feasibility study requirement may be made to businesses with adequate financial history.

Note:
A formula may be based on population, per capita income, and other statistical factors. Applicants are informed whether there are any matching requirements to be met when participating in the cost of a project. In general, the matching share represents that portion of the project costs not borne by the Federal government. Attachment F of OMB Circular No. A-102 (Office of Management and Budget) sets forth the criteria and procedures for the evaluation of matching share requirements which may be cash or in-kind contributions made by State and local governments or other agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals to satisfy matching requirements of Federal grants or loans.

Cash contributions represent the grantees' cash outlay, including the outlay of money contributed to the grantee by other public agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals. When authorized by Federal regulation, Federal funds received from other grants may be considered as the grantees' cash contribution.

In-kind contributions represent the value of noncash contributions provided by the grantee, other public agencies and institutions, private organizations or individuals. In-kind contributions may consist of charges for real property and equipment, and value of goods and services directly benefiting and specifically identifiable to the grant program. When authorized by Federal legislation, property purchased with Federal funds may be considered as grantees' in-kind contribution.

Maintenance of effort (MOE) is a requirement contained in certain legislation, regulations, or administrative policies stating that a grantee must maintain a specified level of financial effort in a specific area in order to receive Federal grant funds, and that the Federal grant funds may be used only to supplement, not supplant, the level of grantee funds.

Post assistance requirements...

Reports

Each guaranteed lender will be required to monitor and report to RBS on actual performance during the construction of each project financed, in whole or in part, with RBS assistance. When the project is in operation, field visits will be made and customary financial statements provided as determined by the guaranteed lender and RBS.

Note: This section indicates whether program reports, expenditure reports, cash reports or performance monitoring are required by the Federal funding agency, and specifies at what time intervals (monthly, annually, etc.) this must be accomplished.

Audits

Independent accountant audited financial statements prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles are required annually for direct loans with a total principal and interest balance of more than $1 million. Independent accountant compiled or reviewed financial statements prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles are required annually for guaranteed loans and for direct loans with a principal and interest balance of less than $ 1 million. RBS may require audited statements for guaranteed loans in excess of $3 million.

Note: This section discusses audits required by the Federal agency. The procedures and requirements for State and local governments and nonprofit entities are set forth in OMB Circular No. A-133. These requirements pertain to awards made within the respective State's fiscal year - not the Federal fiscal year, as some State and local governments may use the calendar year or other variation of time span designated as the fiscal year period, rather than that commonly known as the Federal fiscal year (from October 1st through September 30th).

Records

Records and accounts must be maintained to reflect the operations of the project.

Note: This section indicates the record retention requirements and the type of records the Federal agency may require. Not included are the normally imposed requirements of the General Accounting Office. For programs falling under the purview of OMB Circular No. A-102, record retention is set forth in Attachment C. For other programs, record retention is governed by the funding agency's requirements.

Regulations...

Authorization

Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act, as amended, Section 310B, Public Law 92-419, 7 U.S.C. 1932.

Note: This section lists the legal authority upon which a program is based (acts, amendments to acts, Public Law numbers, titles, sections, Statute Codes, citations to the U.S. Code, Executive Orders, Presidential Reorganization Plans, and Memoranda from an agency head).

Regulations, Guidelines, And Literature

Direct Loans: 7 CFR Part 1980-E, Section 1980.401 through 1980.500. Guaranteed Loans: 7 CFR Part 4279-A, Section 4279.1 through 4279.100, Part 4279-B, Section 4279.101 through 4279.200, and Part 4287-B, Section 4287.101 through 4279.200.

Contact information...

Web Sites
Regional Or Local Office

Consult your local telephone directory for appropriate Rural Development State Office listed in Additional Contact Information - FMR Help.

Note: This section lists the agency contact person, address and telephone number of the Federal Regional or Local Office(s) to be contacted for detailed information regarding a program such as: (1) current availability of funds and the likelihood of receiving assistance within a given period; (2) pre-application and application forms required; (3) whether a pre-application conference is recommended; (4) assistance available in preparation of applications; (5) whether funding decisions are made at the headquarters, regional or local level; (6) application renewal procedures (including continuations and supplementals) or appeal procedures for rejected applications; and (7) recently published program guidelines and material. However, for most federal programs, this section will instruct the reader to consult the so-called Appendix IV of the Catalog due to the large volume of Regional and Local Office Contacts for most agencies. This information is provided in Additional Contact Information (see below).

Headquarters Office

Administrator, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC. 20250-3201. Telephone: (202) 690-4730. Fax: (202) 690-4737.

Note: This section lists names and addresses of the office at the headquarters level with direct operational responsibility for managing a program. A telephone number is provided in cases where a Regional or Local Office is not normally able to answer detailed inquiries concerning a program. Also listed are the name(s) and telephone number(s) of the information contact person(s) who can provide additional program information to applicants.

Additional Contact Information (Appendix IV)

Due to the large volume of regional and local office contacts for most agencies, full contact information is also provided separately here in a PDF format: