Created in 1998 by the Maine State Legislature, the School Revolving Renovation Loan Fund (SRRF) provides interest free loans and partial loan forgiveness to eligible school systems for health, safety and compliance improvements to school facilities, as well as other Department of Education-approved projects.
All school systems.
The Bond Bank and the Department of Education (DOE) jointly administer the SRRF program. The Bond Bank serves as the administrator and financial manager and DOE serves as the project manager for the program.
Examples of eligible projects include but are not limited to:
DOE determines project eligibility and ranking. Once DOE issues the project eligibility certificate, the school may submit an application to the Bond Bank for financing.
Applications are accepted continuously during the year.
0% maximum interest rate. The loan forgiveness rate is based on the district’s state share percentage of debt service, within a set minimum and maximum percentages.
There is no minimum.
The borrower is responsible only for local bond counsel fees.
The term is subject to the loan amount before forgiveness and must comply with the useful life policy and DOE regulations.
Flexible. However, it must be in compliance with DOE regulations, and the first payment must be made within one year of the loan closing date.
Loans are prepayable without penalty.
Funds must be requisitioned with documentation supporting expenses.
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Local bond counsel serves a critical role in confirming the legality of debt issuances. Engaging counsel in the early stages will ensure that they will be able to provide a legal opinion, which is a loan program participation requirement.
Download a printable PDF version of our approved list of bond counsel.
For more information on the SRRF program visit the Department of Education site at School Revolving Renovation Fund | Department of Education (maine.gov)