Cash Collateral Support

The Cash Collateral Support program helps small and medium-sized businesses in Colorado access loans that they would otherwise not get because they do not have enough collateral. This credit enhancement uses small amounts of public resources to encourage private lenders to loan money to businesses. The program provides a cash deposit as collateral for a business loan or credit facility when the business cannot meet the lender’s collateral requirements.

Lenders can apply for up to 25% of the loan amount or $250,000, whichever is less, in collateral to support business loan applications. The maximum loan size for this loan is $10 million.

Benefits to lenders include:

  • low-cost credit enhancement option
  • deposits are held by the partner lender

We along with the Colorado Economic Development Commission (EDC) have provided $15.2 million in funding for this program through federal Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 funds.

The Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA) manages this program and is the main point of contact.


Type: Credit enhancement

For: Businesses and lenders

Amount: Up to 25% of the loan amount or $250,000, whichever is less

Application deadline: Rolling

OEDIT division: Business Funding and Incentives

The business borrower needs to have fewer than 750 employees at the time of the financing. For-profit, nonprofit, and manufacturing organizations are eligible.

Lenders need to demonstrate a:

  • collateral shortfall
  • reasonable expectation that the business borrower will repay the loan as agreed

Lenders may use Colorado Housing and Finance Authority deposits on most types of business loans. Cash deposits are pledged as additional collateral to the lender for an initial term of three years. For longer-term loans, lenders may request an extension for up to 10 years.

You can apply for the Cash Collateral Support Loan at any time. Email, fax, or a mail these items to the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority for review: 

Program Manager

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Colorado Finance and Housing Authority
Community Development Lending Team

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