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California Statewide Communities Development Authority

The California State Association of Counties (CSAC) formed the CSAC Finance Corporation in 1986 to offer municipal finance services to counties and to private entities that provide significant public benefit to the residents of counties.

A year later, the Finance Corporation and the League of California Cities created Joint Powers Authority of counties and cities, called the California Statewide Communities Development Authority (CSCDA). This authority provides a broad range of financial products and services that promote the economic well-being of counties and cities.

By combining the volumes of counties and cities, CSCDA is able to negotiate lower costs of issuance on its bond issues.

Since its inception, the CSAC Finance Corporation, in partnership with CSCDA, has constantly developed new products and services for CSAC member counties as well as other forms of local government. The CSAC Finance Corporation and CSCDA will continue to anticipate the financial needs of California’s counties and work hard to meet them.

Not only are we able to offer programs for public agencies through CSCDA but we are also able to offer programs that assist private organizations that provide a public benefit; such as charter schools, healthcare facilities, and affordable housing.

More information on how CSCDA programs provide a public benefit to residents throughout California please CLICK HERE.

Please click on any of the programs below for more information.

Public Agency Programs


CaLease offers tax-exempt lease financing to public agencies for capital projects and equipment without the traditional expense or complexity of other finance mechanisms. The minimum funding amount is $500,000 for equipment and $1 million for real property projects.


The CaliforniaFIRST program has been launched in 14 California counties and 126 cities.  The CaliforniaFIRST Program is a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) finance program for non-residential properties. The Program allows property owners to finance the installation of energy and water improvements on commercial, industrial or multi-family (over 5 units) buildings and pay the amount back as a line item on their property tax bill.

Statewide Community Infrastructure Program (SCIP)

The Statewide Community Infrastructure Program (SCIP) allows participating local agencies to receive impact fees in advance of development, while property owners repay the tax-exempt obligation over a thirty year bond term. SCIP may eliminate the need for local agencies to negotiate deferral fee arrangements.

Sustainable Energy Bond Program

In partnership with the Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment, the new Sustainable Energy Bond Program was formed to provide public agencies and nonprofit organizations throughout California with access to tax exempt financing for critical sustainable energy investments. Under the Sustainable Energy Bond Program, participating entities and organizations will contract with an Energy Service Company (ESCO) to complete energy and water conservation measures.

Private Agency Programs

501(c)(3) Non-Profit

Conduit issuance services for eligible 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations seeking cost-effective, tax-exempt capital to acquire, construct or rehabilitate facilities that provide demonstrable public benefits to local communities. Project examples include health care, primary and secondary education, hospice, assisted living, substance abuse and cultural facilities.

Multi-Family Housing Bonds

Conduit issuance services for both for-profit and non-profit developers seeking cost-effective, tax-exempt capital to acquire, construct or rehabilitate multifamily housing, and also agree to set aside all, or a portion, of the units in the project for individuals and families of very low, low or moderate income.

Industrial Development & Manufacturing Bonds

Conduit issuance services for companies seeking cost-effective, tax-exempt capital to acquire, construct or rehabilitate manufacturing facilities that promote job creation and retention.

Exempt Facility / Solid Waste Bonds

Conduit issuance services for companies seeking cost-effective, tax-exempt capital to acquire, construct or rehabilitate facilities designed to help abate, eliminate, prevent, control or reduce pollution.

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