New Markets Tax Credit Program / Opportunity Zones

The New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program provides capital for businesses, developers, and non-profits to help make their projects a reality. Funding provided through this works with equity investments and debt financing to create the most flexible capital stack available today. This innovative financing also ensures that important projects receive the capital they need to get to the finish line. Today, New Market Tax Credits have become one of the most competitive sources of financing available in the United States.

What does this mean in plain English? A qualifying project can receive 18-23% of the financing it needs in the form of a very low interest loan that, ultimately, can be forgiven and would not have to be repaid.

How a project qualifies:                                              

  • Project is in a qualifying census tract, or Project will mainly hire or serve low-income people
  • Project is over $4 million in total project costs
  • No more than 80% of the Project's ongoing revenue will come from housing rental income
  • Project can demonstrate it needs NMTC financing assistance
  • Project will benefit the community

Project types:

  • Health Care
  • Manufacturing
  • Mixed use
  • Community facilities
  • Commercial development

Types of loans:

  • Construction
  • Term
  • Lines of credit
  • Bank partnership
  • Bank participation

New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program Eligibility Map


For more information contact:

Lisa Miller, Chief Executive Director