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    20 YEARS of improving Florida communities.

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    SUCCESSFUL OUTCOMES through $354 million in financing.

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    SOCIAL IMPACT reaching 340,000 Floridians every year.

Success Stories from FCLF Partners

Community Enterprise Investments, Inc.

Community Enterprise Investments, Inc. will continue to provide affordable rental housing with financing from FCLF.

H.O.M.E.S., Inc.

H.O.M.E.S., Inc. provides single family affordable homes and helps improve neighborhoods in Broward County.

Common Ground CDC

Common Ground CDC provides art instruction and activities for all ages in a Florida low-income community.

Borrowing from FCLF

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Learn more about putting our expertise and capital to work to help your project succeed.

Investing in FCLF

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Learn more about investing in Florida's communities, with high impact results from economic development.

Loans made through the Community Development Fund have a direct impact on low- and moderate-income communities throughout the state of Florida. CDF Financing includes projects such as:

  • Affordable Housing (single and multifamily, for ownership or rent)
  • Supportive Housing
  • Community Facilities
  • Economic Development Projects

Florida Community Loan Fund (FCLF) offers flexible terms, which in most cases can be tailored to fit your project. In some cases, we can provide technical assistance as well, either through our staff or one of our partners.

Affordable Single Family Home Meet our Borrowers and see the impact we have across Florida

Still have questions? Scroll down and read our FAQs for FCLF Lending.

If you think your organization may be able to benefit from FCLF's CDF Financing, read more information about our Application Process or Contact Us.

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

 

FAQs for FCLF Lending

What do I need to know before I apply? Non-profit and for profit organizations must meet FCLF’s mission and purpose tests. The application stops if the tests are not met.

Does FCLF take grant requests? FCLF does not issue grants, it makes loans to nonprofit organization and mission-focused for-profit entities to improve low- and moderate-income communities. From time to time there may be equity conversion available at the end of a loan term; Loan Officers will address this on a case by case basis.

Does FCLF make loans like a bank? Florida Community Loan Fund underwrites much like a bank in that it requires a complete financial picture of organization; project financial statements; and a complete understanding of all sources & uses of funds. FCLF looks for cash flow to repay its loans. However, FCLF also looks at things a bank does not - experience and reputation in the community count and social impact is important. FCLF may consider non-traditional collateral. FCLF considers more flexible loan structure. FCLF’s rates and fees are typically comparable to bank rates for similar loans.

How much can I borrow and what at what rate? The maximum loan available for a single loan is currently $3 million. (Larger loan sizes may be available for real-estate secured projects and through partnership lending.) Rates are fixed and range from 4.25% to 5.75%. Lower interest rates may be available for projects built to a certified green standard.

Do you require collateral? What collateral is acceptable? Collateral is required. FCLF does not make unsecured loans. Most projects financed by FCLF Fund have real estate as collateral. Loan-to-value (LTV) will vary based on collateral type, but is typically in the 70% to 85% range.

How long does a loan approval take? The answer is highly variable depending on a number of factors. The FCLF Lending Committee generally meets monthly to review loan applications. However, the decision to bring a loan request to our Lending Committee rests with the Loan Officers and may require that the Borrower submit additional or revised information. This can sometimes cause delays in the approval process. The number of applications in process may also affect timing. For more information, click here and read about the Application Process.

What are the next steps if my application is approved? Once a loan is approved, a commitment letter is usually issued within 2-3 days. Simple closings can be done within 2 weeks after receipt of a signed commitment letter. Complex closings usually take longer, especially if attorneys are needed.

What is the purpose of the Commitment Letter? To outline the terms and conditions under which the Florida Community Loan Fund will lend and to create a checklist for closing the loan.

"FCLF has proven its community impact and hard work. We are proud to partner with FCLF." – Leslie Watson, Analyst, Community Investments

Dignity Health

"Cade Museum is proud to be partners with FCLF and JPMorgan Chase. Thanks to the NMTC Program, we will provide a transformative asset to our community." – Jennifer Denault, COO

Cade Museum for Creativity & Inventi…

"FCLF shows a clear strategy and demonstrated evidence of addressing prevalent community needs." – J. Reymundo Ocañas, Director, Corp Responsibility

BBVA Compass

"Trinity Health is happy to partner with FCLF. We look forward to seeing the impact in the communities you serve." – Sr. Kathleen Coll, SSJ, Administrator, Shareholder Advocacy

Trinity Health

"FCLF staff shares our vision and commitment to serve needy families and provide a high quality education to all children." – Thomas Cole, Founder

Emma Jewel Charter Academy

"Without FCLF's support, we would not have been able to deliver the services our area so desperately needs. We look forward to a lifetime relationship." – Tom Griffin, CEO

The Transition House, Inc.

"Thanks to FCLF, we are one step closer to providing a permanent housing solution for veterans and others seeking quality housing at an affordable price." – Carrie Davis, Executive Director

Wealth Watchers

"FCLF has a keen knowledge of Florida challenges & opportunities. We are confident our investment will be used to improve lives." – Kathleen Rizzo Young, Sr. VP, Community Development

HSBC Bank USA, N.A.

"FCLF is a difference maker! Their team provides solutions to bring about real change in a community." – Tim Marks, President & CEO

Metropolitan Ministries

"I appreciate FCLF for lending in rural areas, where many other lenders are exiting. From the first moment we spoke with FCLF staff, we felt we had a partner." – Jamie Kerr, President, AMCS Dev.

Griffin Heights

"It is really working. FCLF is really touching low-income people." – Florida Community Loan Fund Founding Board Member

Sister Mary Heyser, RSHM

"BankUnited understands the challenges facing our communities; we applaud FCLF's efforts. Thank you for making our community a better place to live." – Katrina Wright, VP Comm. Dev.

BankUnited

"We commend the important work of your organization, are glad to support its efforts." – Beverly Dabney

JPMorgan Chase Foundation

"Our partnership with FCLF helps the American Dream of homeownership come true." – Michael Roberts, Exec Dir

R.E.A.C.H.

"Without the FCLF initial loan to purchase land, we might not have been able to move forward with farmworker housing." – Peter Routsis-Arroyo, CEO, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice

Casa San Juan Bosco

"We are delighted to partner with you to serve those most in need in our communities." – Eileen S. Coogan, President & CEO

Allegany Franciscan Ministries

"Aida Palms will be a lasting asset to the City of Lakeland. This revitalization wouldn't be possible without financing partners like FCLF." – Mitchell Rosenstein, Principal, Green Mills Group

Aida Palms

"Thank you to our friends at FCLF. Your staff has been patient and helpful. We'll make you proud!" – Bill Lazar, Executive Director

St. Johns Housing Partnership

“FCLF addresses local community needs, which aligns with our core values. We appreciate your commitment to our communities.” – Mellissa Slover-Athey, Comm Reinv Ofcr

CenterState Bank

"FCLF demonstrates a mission-oriented philosophy that is compatible and supportive, broadens our platform and deepens our portfolio of products and services." – Kent Adcock, CEO

Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter

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Our Vision Opportunity and dignity exist for every person and community in Florida.
Our Mission Our expertise and capital make projects successful and help organizations improve lives and communities.