SRDC administers several funding opportunities for businesses in Southwest Minnesota. Three primary funding opportunities include the SRDC Revolving Loan Fund, COVID-19 Revolving Loan Fund, and Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Fund.
COVID-19 RLF Program
A program for preventing, preparing for, & responding to the coronavirus in Southwest Minnesota
Committed to helping Southwest Minnesota respond and recover to the coronavirus pandemic, Southwest Regional Development Commission created a COVID-19 Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) program. This new program is designed to assist in alleviating sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the pandemic, to provide permanent resources to support economic resiliency, and to further the long-term economic growth of Southwest Minnesota.
For profit, non-profit and, under some circumstances, local units of government who have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic are eligible to apply. Businesses can be start-up, expansions or retention. Businesses must be located in Cottonwood, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, or Rock County.
Priority projects will be those that assist with preventing, preparing for, and responding to the coronavirus pandemic. Projects could include, but are not limited to:
- the installation and/or implementation of CDC recommended safety measures
- working capital
- fixed assets and inventory
- real estate
Loans may range in size up to $100,000. The SRDC COVID-19 RLF can function as the sole lender for this loan fund or can be combined with an additional lender(s) to leverage funds.
Interest Rate: 0% interest rate for the first 12 months, with a fixed interest rate as low as 1% below prime for remaining years. Interest rate is secured at loan closing.
Learn More: View the COVID-19 RLF Fact Sheet
SRDC RLF Program
The purpose of the SRDC Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) is to directly loan funds to assist existing retail, service, manufacturing, and distribution businesses with fixed asset and working capital financing. The fund is designed to bridge the gap between owner financing and private lender financing. In today’s economic climate, primary lenders are increasingly seeking ways to decrease risk in their portfolios. This partnership allows the economic engine of our region to keep producing jobs and supporting new business initiatives in a challenging economic environment.
The primary business sectors targeted for these loan proceeds will be agribusiness, retail firms, and service sector. Manufacturing companies will also be considered. Businesses must be located in Cottonwood, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, or Rock County. They must be “for-profit” business. Priority will be given to businesses in danger of closing, women-owned businesses, or Vietnam-era Veterans.
One full-time equivalent job must be created or retained for every $20,000 of loan proceeds from the RLF. Loan amount can not exceed 50% of total project costs.
The primary use of proceeds from the RLF will be for fixed assets and working capital financing.
Loans may range in size from $5,000 to $100,000 but must be matched by private funding on a 1:1 basis.
Other Funds Required
Applicants must show that they cannot leverage affordable financing from any other means. The RLF must be matched on a 1:1 basis by a private lending source or other non-federal source.
Interest rate as low as 4%.
Loan repayment is typically 5 to 7 years for working capital, 7 to 15 years for machinery, equipment, and real estate with shorter balloons.
The RLF will subordinate to private bank financing. Personal guarantees are typically required.
Fees and Other Costs
A 1.5% origination fee for the loan will be required. Closing legal costs will be the responsibility of the Borrower.
Application Time Frame
Applications are accepted on a year-round basis. The Revolving Loan Fund Committee meets monthly or as needed to consider loan requests. View the RLF Application.
Disbursement of Funds
Upon execution of all required loan documents.
Robin Weis, Deputy Director
2401 Broadway Avenue, Suite 1
Slayton, Minnesota 56172