Where to Begin with the USDA Application Process
A USDA guaranteed loan may be just what you need to start, operate or expand your business. At Greater Commercial Lending, we make it easy for you to select and apply for the loan program that best fits your business needs.
Use this easy-to-follow USDA loan application checklist to help you gather the information and documents you’ll need for a successful and stress-free application process.
Please note that all forms must be dated and completed/signed to be considered valid.
- Preliminary title report
- Copies of signed leases (including amendments and extensions), as applicable
- For leased business properties, a landlord’s consent is required.
- Purchase agreement, as applicable (real estate and/or business opportunity)
- Escrow closing statement, if property was purchased in the last 24 months
- Phase 1 environmental report, which can be ordered by the borrower or the lender
- Two years of projections for the project, year one on a month-to-month basis, showing seasonality (mandatory before submitting a loan inquiry)
- Narrative business plan to support the above projections (mandatory before submitting a loan inquiry)
- Contact information for your insurance agent(s). Insurance must be shown for property and business as applicable.
- Franchise agreement/Licensing Agreement and FDD, as applicable
- Appraisal or business valuation
- Feasibility Study
- NEPA reports and proof of clearance
- SHPO clearance (for historically designated properties)
- Most recent three years business federal tax returns, including all statements and K1s
- Most recent three years of business financial statements – P&L and balance sheet
- Year-to-date business financial statements – P&L and balance sheet as of most recent month end. Please do not provide partial month statements.
- Business debt schedule
- Debt schedule should reflect debts on the most recent month end statement balance sheet.
- Completed/signed 4506-C for tax returns
- Organizational documents based on type of entity
- Verification of EIN
- Copies of most recent two months bank statements for verification of liquid assets
- Capital Stack – description of the totality of capital invested in a project, including pure debt, hybrid debt, and equity. (mandatory before submitting a loan inquiry)
- Two years full federal tax returns, including statements and K1s
- Completed/signed 4506-C form
- Most recent three years of federal tax returns including all schedules and K1s
- Completed/signed form 4506-C for tax returns
- SBA form 413 for SBA 7(a) loans or Personal financial statement on GCL form for SBA 504/USDA loans
- Copies of the most recent two months of bank statements for verification of liquid assets
- Schedule of real estate
- Resume for each guarantor and a description of their involvement in the project
- Assignment of life insurance, as applicable (SBA 7(a) loans only)
- Copies of the site plan, floor plan and building specifications, renderings and a narrative overview of the project
- Copies of all permits to date. Final permit approval is required for the submission of the loan for approval
- Engineering contract
- Architectural contract
- Construction contract (AIA Form) and construction timeline
- Fixed cost budget (AIA form) and detailed list of materials
- Copy of current contractor’s license
- Resume and list of the contractor’s recently completed projects
- The contractor’s most recent three years of federal tax returns
- The contractor’s year-to-date P&L and balance sheet, as of the most recent month end
- The contractor’s current WIP report to match most recent month end balance sheet
- The contractor’s liability and worker’s comp proof of insurance
- Bonds held by the contractor