Does FCLF take grant requests?With the exception of some grants under its Florida Green Communities Initiative, FCLF does not issue grants, it makes loans. 

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 4.5% to 6.50%. 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.

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The Aida Palms development will be a lasting asset to the City of Lakeland. This community revitalization wouldn't be possible without the support of our financing partners like FCLF.
- Mitchell Rosenstein, Principal, Green Mills Group