On April 30th, the Federal Reserve Board announced an expansion of its Main Street Lending Program to help small and medium-sized businesses. The expansion adds additional loan options for businesses and increases the maximum size of businesses eligible for support under the program. Although no start date for the expanded program has been announced yet, highlights of the expansion are:
- Creating a new loan option, with increased risk sharing for borrowers with greater leverage;
- Lowering certain loan minimums to $500,000; and
- Expanding the pool of eligible businesses.
The Federal Reserve Board has published FAQs related to the program and you can read and download a copy at Main Street Lending Program – Frequently Asked Questions.
Once these expanded options are launched, there will be a total of three loan options—referred to as new, priority, and expanded and you can read more information about each of these loan options here:
While there are different criteria and parameters for each of these loan options, lenders will be able to apply industry-specific expertise and underwriting standards to measure a borrower’s income and under the new program, businesses with up to 15,000 employees or up to $5 billion in annual revenue are now eligible.