In addition to traditional SBA funding programs, the CARES Act established several new temporary programs to address the COVID-19 outbreak:
Primarily for payroll expenses, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) starts today and provides up to $10 million per small business in loan forgiveness for retaining employees. The loan forgiveness portion is dependent on keeping and paying employees or rehiring employees laid off in response to the COVID-19 national emergency.
This loan advance will provide up to $10,000 of economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties that does not have to be repaid. This complements the traditional SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program which has been in place for the entire nation, all territories and Washington, D.C. since mid-March.
Please note the application process for the EIDL program was updated March 30. For those who submitted a COVID-19 EIDL application prior to March 30, unless you have already been approved or are currently working with a loan officer, you should re-apply using the new streamlined application if you have not done so already. The new application is streamlined and faster. Approval notification is estimated at approximately three days.
The SBA is providing a financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. This covers all principal, interest and fees on current and new SBA 7(a) loans made through September 27, 2020, for up to six months.
The program enables small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.