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42 U.S. Code § 9811 - Limitation on assistance

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No financial assistance shall be provided under this part unless the Secretary determines that—
any cooperative association receiving assistance has a minimum of fifteen active members, a majority of which are low-income rural persons;
adequate technical assistance is made available and committed to the programs being supported;
such financial assistance will materially further the purposes of this part; and
the applicant is fulfilling or will fulfill a need for services, supplies, or facilities which is otherwise not being met.