501(c)(3) Nonprofit Bonds help promote job creation and the development of privately-operated, public-benefit facilities. Since these are tax-exempt private activity bonds, rates are substantially lower than conventional financing. The bonds also allow long-term amortization periods up to 30 years (depending on the useful life of the assets financed). Up to two percent of the up-front transaction costs can be financed and amortized over the bond term. The bonds are facilitated under the City's Economic Development Revenue Bond Law.
Nonprofit organizations seeking to utilize financing must have 501(c)(3) status with the Internal Revenue Service. Such organizations may include research institutions, educational and cultural institutions, and community-based organizations. Sectarian religious institutions are not eligible for financing under this program. There is no borrowing limit or state Private Activity Bond allocation requirement for Nonprofit Bonds. Use of funds can include land acquisition, construction, remodeling and equipment.
Credit enhancement is generally required to market Nonprofit Bonds. Any organization which has the credit-worthiness to obtain bank financing can usually obtain credit enhancement, which may take the form of a bank standby letter of credit. In some instances, a third-party guarantee from some other investment-grade rated entity may be substituted for a letter of credit, or the bonds may be privately placed with a qualified financial institution. The City of San Diego does not provide credit enhancement.
How to Apply
The City's Economic Development Division partners with the California Communities Joint Powers Authority throughout the application process. Please visit the California Communities website or contact James Hamill, Program Manager at (925) 933-9229 x216 or [email protected] for additional information.