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If you’re applying for a mortgage, you may be eligible for a down payment assistance grant of up to $6,000 through the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago (FHLBC). The grant program, called Downpayment Plus, provides income-eligible homebuyers assistance with a down payment, closing costs or homebuyer education costs.
To be eligible, you must meet eligibility and income requirements, including:
  • Contributing at least $1,000 toward your home purchase*
  • Using the home as your primary residence for 5 years**
  • Attending pre-purchase homebuyer education and counseling seminars.
  • Earning less than 80 percent of the area median income, based on income guidelines and family size published annually by the U.S. Department of Housing and Human Development (HUD)***
Funds for the Downpayment Plus grant are limited and will be awarded until funds are depleted. Advertised programs are subject to change at any time. Not all applicants are eligible for the products offered, qualifications apply. Ask us for details.

*Contributions to the purchase can take the form of earnest money, cash at closing, or funds spent on other loan costs. **The grant is fully forgiven after retaining the home for 5 years. The grant may have to be repaid at a pro-rated basis in certain instances, such as if the home sells, refinances or forecloses within 5 years. ***See for information on the area median income in your location.

This advertisement is not issued by or at the direction of the FHLBC and Tri City National Bank does not have an exclusive right to make grants provided by the FHLBC. Downpayment Plus is a program and registered trademark of FHLBC.

We offer the following government loans to assist qualifying homebuyers:

FHA Loans

Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans are federally insured, which may require a smaller down payment and may offer a lower interest rate than a comparable conventional loan. This might be the right loan for you if you are a first-time homebuyer or if you have limited cash for a down payment and closing costs.

  • Down payments as low as 3.5%
  • Fixed or adjustable interest rate
  • Flexible terms 
  • Requires FHA mortgage insurance

Learn more about FHA loans. 

VA Loans

If you have been a member of the U.S. Military, you may qualify for a VA loan to help you purchase a primary residence. VA loans are federally guaranteed, which can make home buying more affordable with a fixed interest rate and payment, no monthly mortgage insurance to pay, and in some cases, no down payment requirement. 

  • Up to 100% financing for eligible military personnel
  • Fixed/level payment of principal and interest for the life of the loan
  • Balloon payment options not available
  • Flexible terms 
  • Monthly mortgage insurance not required 

Learn more about VA loans.


WHEDA is the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority. The WHEDA home mortgage program provides low down payment owner-occupied purchase financing for low to moderate income Wisconsin residents.

  • WHEDA Conventional Preferred Mortgage is a low down payment loan that does not require Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI).
  • WHEDA Easy Close Advantage Loan is a second mortgage loan used toward down payment and closing cost on WHEDA financed home purchase.
  • WHEDA Valor Program for Veterans offers a reduced interest rate mortgage loans for qualified veterans.
  • WHEDA Home Improvement Loan is available to low- and moderate-income Wisconsin homeowners. Loans of up to $15,000 available. 

Learn more about WHEDA loans.

Tri City offer many low-down payment loans, in some cases 3% or less, using WHEDA or Home Possible Loans. Some financing options include down payment assistance or affordable second mortgages to lower your down payment. Contact one of our experienced Mortgage Loan Officers for more information.

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