Federal Reserve Announces Changes to Main Street Lending Program

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Under the Main Street Lending Program, the Federal Reserve will purchase loans from eligible banks with the goal of ensuring that credit flows to small- and mid-sized businesses. The Federal Reserve announced the following changes to the program on June 8, 2020:

  • Loan terms have been increased to five years from four years.
  • The minimum loan size has been decreased to $250,000 from $500,000 (and from $1 million under the original terms of the program).
  • The maximum loan size has been increased.
  • The repayment period has been extended by delaying principal payments for two years rather than one.
  • The Federal Reserve’s participation has been increased to 95% for all loans (previously 85% for certain loans).

The Federal Reserve’s press release regarding these changes can be found at