The Missouri Linked Deposit Program partners with lending institutions to provide
low-interest loans to help create and retain jobs, expand the economy and strengthen
communities statewide. By reducing the interest rate on certain loans that borrowers
can use to improve their businesses, the program helps qualified lenders from Missouri
better serve Missouri-based companies and agricultural operations. The program also
provides funds for local governments to serve the interests of their constituents.
Using the program allows lenders to lower the interest rates to the borrower by
about 2-3 percent.
Effective April 21, 2011, Treasurer Clint Zweifel has adopted the HELP system – the Harmed-area Emergency Loan Priority system – to expedite Missouri Linked Deposit
Program loan approvals. Borrowers in counties determined to have been impacted will receive 24-hour approval of completed applications.
As of August 28, 2014, the following county qualifies for the HELP system:
The list of counties will be updated as needed.
The Missouri Linked Deposit Program is well-funded with a total of $720 million
available, and State Treasurer Clint Zweifel’s office is prepared to use the program
to its highest potential. The program has proven successful in creating and retaining
jobs, expanding the economy and strengthening communities statewide for nearly 25
The program’s eligibility guidelines have expanded through Treasurer Zweifel’s economic
development legislation, Invest in Missouri,
making low-interest loans available to more borrowers including small businesses
creating jobs, alternative energy producers and consumers, agriculture operations
and local governments. The signed legislation went into effect August 28, 2009.
Program Information and Eligibility Requirements
Click on one of the links below to learn more about the program and eligibility requirements.
Missouri Linked Deposits Review Committee
The committee has review and oversight capacity for all matters relating to the Missouri Linked Deposit Program. The committee may examine all aspects of the Missouri Linked Deposit Program, including but not limited to, its administration, operation and effectiveness.