Defence Loan and Technical Assistance (DELTA) Program
SBA's Defense Economic Transition Assistance program is designed to help eligible small business contractors to transition from defense to civilian markets.
A small business is eligible if it has been detrimentally impacted by the closure (or substantial reduction) of a Department of Defense (DoD) installation, or the termination (or substantial reduction) of a Department of Defense Program on which the small business was a prime contractor, subcontractor, or supplier at any tier. In addition a business can be deemed eligible if it is located in community that has been detrimentally impacted by these same actions.
The DELTA program provides financial and technical assistance to defense-dependent small businesses which have been adversely affected by defense reductions. The goal of the program is to assist these businesses to diversify into the commercial market while remaining part of the defense industrial base. Complete information on eligibility and other rules is available from each SBA district office.
This program can be used in conjunction with both SBA’s 7(a) and 504 Loan Programs and generally follows the provisions of each program. In order to be eligible for this program, small businesses must derive at least 25 percent of its revenues from Department of Defense or defense-related Department of Energy contracts or subcontracts in support of defense prime contracts in any one of five prior operating years.
Small businesses interested in utilizing this program must also meet at least one of the program's policy objectives:
- Job retention --- retains defense employees
- Job creation --- creates job opportunities and new economic activities in impacted communities
- Plant retooling and expansion ---modernizes or expands the plant and enables it to remain available to the Department of Defense.