Security Grant Bridge Loan Overview

The Security Grants Bridge Loan Program provides interest-free loans of up to $150,000 to Jewish communal organizations in New York City’s five boroughs, Westchester, or Long Island that have been awarded government grants to fund security improvements.

These grants require agencies to pay up front for the work and then to submit receipts for reimbursement, which causes a cash flow problem for some agencies to the point that they are unable to take advantage of the award. HFLS is partnering with UJA-Federation of New York to provide interest-free bridge loan financing to ensure that grant awardees can proceed with the work necessary to increase security and safety for their community.

Loans of $150,000 must be repaid within six months of the loan date. To qualify, agencies must fill out an application and submit it to HFLS along with their signed grant award letter.

Guarantor Information

Agencies must provide a guarantor for the loan. We require guarantors even though these loans are backed by a government contract to ensure that grant funds released to the organizations reach HFLS. Also, if an awardee veers from the approved work plan with the result that some of the costs for the project are deemed not reimbursable by EHP, HFLS will still require repayment in full.  

Guarantors must meet the following criteria:

  • US citizens or legal residents currently living in NYC’s five boroughs, Westchester, or Long Island
  • FICO score of 680 or higher
  • The amount guaranteed may not be more than 25% of the guarantor’s annual income as shown on the preceding year’s tax return or more than 10% of liquid assets as shown by statements or verified by a letter from the guarantor’s accountant.

Even if they meet the requirements above, the following people may not guarantee a loan:

  • Persons who are currently a guarantor on an HFLS loan
  • Persons who are unable to repay the loan

Loan Documents

The documents below are required for a Security Grants Bridge Loan. Once you have completed or collected all the documents below and have all necessary signatures, please submit them by email to or send hard copy originals to HFLS Security Loans program, 675 Third Avenue, Suite 1905, New York, NY 10017.

From the borrowing institution:
1)    Loan Application, completed and signed by the borrowing agency’s authorized representative
2)    A copy of the fully executed award contract

From the guarantor (guarantor may choose to send these documents directly to HFLS):
3)     Guarantor Form, completed and signed by the guarantor and their spouse, if married
4)     Copies of government-issued photo IDs that include signature for the guarantor and spouse, if married (e.g. driver’s license or U.S. passport)

Loan Decisions & Closing

HFLS reviews and decides on loan applications weekly. If we have questions about your application or guarantor, you may receive a call or email from an HFLS staff member asking for further information before HFLS will make a decision. HFLS, in its discretion, may decline to make a loan, make a loan in an amount less than that requested, or require a different guarantor.

You will receive information within approximately one week after your loan interview advising you whether your loan is approved. If your loan is approved, the email or letter you receive will contain instructions to complete the final loan paperwork. You may deliver original signed copies of the final loan paperwork to HFLS by regular mail or in person at our Manhattan office; copies will not be accepted. The final loan paperwork includes:

  • A Promissory Note, to be signed by the borrowering agency’s authorized representative, guarantor, and guarantor’s spouse (if married)

Once HFLS receives the final paperwork, a check will be available within one week.

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