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Maximum Dollar Amount on Loan and Grant Awards Under the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2001

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AGENCY:

Rural Business-Cooperative Service, USDA.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The Rural Business-Cooperative Service hereby announces the maximum dollar amount on loan and grant awards under the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) program for fiscal year (FY) 2001. The maximum dollar award on zero-interest loans for FY 2001 is $450,000. The maximum dollar award on grants for FY 2001 is $200,000. The maximum loan and grant awards stated in this notice are effective for loans and grants made during the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2000, and ending September 30, 2001. REDLG loans and grants are available to Rural Utilities Service electric and telephone utilities to assist in developing rural areas from an economic standpoint.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Patricia Wing, Loan Specialist, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, USDA, STOP 3225, Room 6870, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250. Telephone: (202) 720-9558. FAX: (202) 720-6561. E-mail: PWing@rus.usda.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The maximum loan and grant awards are determined in accordance with 7 CFR 1703.28. The maximum loan and grant awards are calculated as 3.0 percent of the projected program levels; however, as specified in 7 CFR 1703.28(b), regardless of the projected total amount that will be available, the maximum size may not be lower than $200,000. The projected program level during FY 2001 for zero-interest loans is $15 million and the projected program level for grants is $3 million. Applying the specified 3.0 percent to the program level for loans results in the maximum loan award of $450,000. Applying the specified 3.0 percent to the program level for grants results in an amount lower than Start Printed Page 76213$200,000. Therefore, the maximum grant award for FY 2001 will be $200,000.

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Dated: November 21, 2000.

Wilbur T. Peer,

Acting Administrator, Rural Business-Cooperative Service.

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[FR Doc. 00-30966 Filed 12-5-00; 8:45 am]

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