Revenue bonds for nonprofits

This program helps fund capital projects for nonprofit organizations with tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Financing your capital project with revenue bonds

Nonprofit organizations can apply to receive low-cost financing for their capital improvement projects.

See if your project is eligible

  • You must be a nonprofit organization doing a capital improvement project.
  • Your organization must be tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Projects can include:

  • Land acquisition
  • New-facility construction
  • Additions to existing facilities
  • Purchase and renovation of existing structure
  • Purchase of fixed equipment

Typical borrowers include:

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Health care providers
  • Educational institutions
  • Museums
  • Performing arts organizations 

Program details

  • Revenue bonds are issued either free-standing or through the Common Bond Fund (CBF).
  • Free-standing revenue bonds are issued with the strength of the project dictating terms and conditions of financing and interest rate.
  • Bonds issued through the CBF are investment-grade instruments with an "A+" municipal-bond rating based on the security provided by the CBF, resulting in lower interest rates for the borrower.
  • Revenue bonds are marketed to either institutional investors (insurance companies, banks and pension funds) through a private placement, or sold to the general public through a public offering of the bonds.
  • A City staff person will handle the revenue bond request from initial inquiry through post-closing monitoring.
  • The complete public approval process takes about 90 days.
  • The City of Minneapolis approve revenue bond projects based on financial strength, credit worthiness and public purpose served.

Rates, terms and fees

  • Tax-exempt revenue bonds can be issued below commercial-market interest rates because interest earnings to the purchaser are generally exempt from federal, state and local income taxes.
  • Revenue bond issuance expenses include bond counsel, underwriter, corporate counsel, inspecting architect, title insurance and other fees. These fees may be financed through the revenue bond up to certain limits.
  • Revenue bond financing can be fixed rate, with terms of 20 to 30 years, often at interest rates below or equal to market interest.

Application materials

  • Narrative on the organization.
  • Financial statements for the past three years, any interim statements and projections for the next two years.
  • General description of the proposed project, plans and estimates of project costs.
  • Description of funding sources. Appraisals and environmental reports about the proposed project.
  • Borrower must have 501(c)(3) status.

Contact us

Becky Shaw

Community Planning & Economic Development




Public Service Building
505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 320
Minneapolis, MN 55415