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 USDA Intermediary Relending Program (IRP)

Eligible Applicants

Applicants can be private profit or non-profit corporations, or local governmental entities with community development projects.  However, in selecting projects, preference will be given to proposals from the private sector.  Entities with more than 100 employees may qualify.


Eligible Use

Land acquisition, site improvements, acquisition of existing building, building renovation, leasehold improvements, new construction, machinery & equipment, working capital, refinancing (restrictions apply), and certain soft costs.


Loan Amount

$250,000 or 50% of the eligible project costs, whichever is less. 


Interest Rate

The current rate is 4.25% fixed for the life of the loan. This rate is good for loans approved by SEDA-COG through September 30, 2019, at which time the rate will be adjusted based on the 10-year treasury rate + 1.50%.



Three (3) years for working capital; up to ten (10) years for machinery and equipment; up to fifteen (15) years for real estate.


Equity Requirements

For existing businesses (more than two years of operations), borrower must provide a minimum of 10% of the project cost.  For start-ups or changes in ownership, borrower may be required to provide 15% of the project cost.


Job Criteria

One job to be created or in some cases retained for every $50,000 of Intermediary Relending Program funds in the project within three years of disbursement.


SEDA-COG charges a 1% commitment fee, a 1% closing fee, and a minimum $500 legal fee.

If you feel that you meet these requirements, and your business is located (or will be locating) in one of the following counties in Pennsylvania:

Centre Lycoming Perry
Clinton Mifflin Snyder
Columbia Montour Union
Juniata Northumberland

and are interested in exploring how this loan program can assist you, please fill out this form, and we will get back to you as soon as we can. You can also contact us through e-mail, although for serious inquiries, please complete the form.