HELP Fund Loan Program

Stable Rates. Affordable Financing.

Are you looking to grow your business? Open a new location? Or just getting started?

Whatever your situation, Heartland Energy is here to HELP. 

The Heartland Economic Development Loan Program (HELP) Fund offers low-interest financing through a revolving loan fund. It provides funds for business ownership and expansion, job creation and retention and entrepreneurial endeavors.

While interest rates from traditional financing sources continue to rise, loans from the HELP Fund offer stable rates as well as financing for 20 years for land, buildings and permanent fixtures. Financing is also available for up to 10 years or the useful life of machinery and equipment. Loans will not exceed 75 percent of the total project cost.

Heartland Energy strives to be a community partner. We work with local banks to turn dreams into reality and help communities thrive. 

To date, Heartland has issued 62 loans, totaling over $17 million. The funds have contributed to infrastructure improvements, preparations for growth, investments in new businesses and more.

If you have questions about the HELP Fund, or would like to learn more, contact Casey Crabtree at (605) 256-6536.

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Heartland customers, their local economic development corporations and businesses served by our customers are all eligible.

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