No longer wary of the stigma of receiving capital injections from the federal government, privately held community banks are lining up to participate in the Treasury Department's Troubled Asset Relief Program.

Banc Investment Group, a consulting arm of Pacific Coast Bankers' Bancshares in San Francisco, said 56% of 188 community banks it surveyed this month told it they have applied for Treasury money or intend to do so before a Dec. 8 deadline. Three percent said they had already been approved for the funds.

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