Low-interest loan funds are available for permanent land conservation projects, such as fee-title and easement acquisitions. Loan applications may be submitted at any time throughout the year. Eligible applicants include local governments, state authorities and 501(c)(3) environmental organizations.
Approval of loan applications involves a two-step process. First, GEFA conducts a thorough evaluation of an applicant's ability to afford and repay the loan. Second, the Land Council assesses the project for consistency with the Georgia Land Conservation Act. Both the GEFA board and the Land Council must approve financing for a project before it can receive a loan.