New York State Contractor Financing Program

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Objective

The New York State Contractor Financing Program (“Program”) will provide $22 million in State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) funding for loan loss reserves to incentivize lending intermediaries to create access to capital to support New York State contractors.  

The Program will provide capital to help contractors successfully execute contracts and ease timing of payments from agencies or municipalities to small businesses, socially and economically disadvantaged individual (“SEDI”)-business owners, businesses in distressed census tracts, and MWBEs. 

Participating lenders can use loan loss reserves to issue government contract-related loans via lines of credit, or managed lines of credit that they otherwise would not underwrite.  

Loans can be used for contract project deployment, advances against inventory, construction costs, purchase orders, managing payables and receivables, contract finance costs, and working capital to support contractors working on a government-funded project in New York State. 

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Overview

  • Program Lenders generally target contractors with revenues of up to $5 million with fewer than 100 employees.  
  • Loans are provided by participating CDFIs, MDIs, community banks, credit unions, and other community lending institutions typically offering lending amounts of up to $500,000.  
  • The duration of the loan period is based on the borrower’s contract to be completed, and will generally be under 18 months. However, lenders may use discretion to determine the length of term that is most appropriate based upon their assessment of the borrower, the contract, and the risk associated. 
  • Participating lenders offer lines of credit or managed lines of credit and underwrite each loan depending on the credit risk of contractors, to determine terms and applicable fees.  
  • Lenders may require assignment of contracts, receivables, or any other collateral or guarantees from the borrower, if applicable for the financing.  
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Eligible Projects

  • An “Eligible Contract” shall be as a prime or subcontractor on a project or procurement, contracted and executed in the State of New York that receives all or part of its financial backing from a New York State Agency, New York State Municipality, County, Town, Village, Public School District, or other legally recognized government entity.  
  • The loans will support working capital, improvement machinery and equipment, or other related costs required to execute those contracts. These loans are in the form of lines of credit or managed lines of credit in order to mitigate risk to the lender, borrowers, and program. Loans can be used for contract project deployment, advances against inventory, construction costs, purchase orders, managing payables and receivables, contract finance costs, and general working capital. 
  • The proceeds of the loan will not be provided to nor used for:  
    • refinancing, retiring or liquidating existing debt or equity;  
    • residential construction projects (except for government-sponsored projects);  
    • payment of any tax arrearage[s];  
    • payment of any employee benefit arrearage[s];  
    • purchase or rehabilitation of real property for speculative purposes;  
    • loans to educational institutions, except licensed childcare facilities;  
    • loans to hospitals or residential health care facilities;  
    • loans to nonprofit corporations; or  
    • loans to overnight lodging facilities. 
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Contact

Program Lenders are the primary point of contact for borrowers and each have their own loan application process. 

Please contact the lenders listed below for more information regarding program loans, applications and terms:

BOC Capital: (New York City Area) 
Christian Cabrera 718.785.2960 
Commercial Lending 
Office:  (718) 785-2960 
email: ccabrera[email protected] 
best email for inquiries – [email protected] 

Carver Federal Savings Bank: (New York City Area) 
Joseph Middleton 
VP – Commercial Lending 
Phone: (212) 360-8847 
Email:  [email protected] 

Ponce Bank: (New York City Area) 
Nelly Franceschini 
Commercial Relationship Officer 
Phone: (917)374-6322 
Email:  [email protected] 

Pursuit: (Statewide) 
Manny Maysonet 
Assistant Vice President 
Phone: (838) 202-7181 
Email:  [email protected] 

TruFund: (New York City Area, Westchester, Suffolk, and Nassau counties) 
Mark O. Brazier 
Vice President | Managing Director-Contractor Lending  
Office: 347-325-9834 
Email:  [email protected]  

**Additional lenders to be announced **