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SBA, Treasury: PPP reopening; new guidance issued

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Fri, Jan 8th 2021 01:30 pm

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, announced the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will reopen the week of Jan. 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers.

To promote access to capital, initially only community financial institutions will be able to make first-draw PPP loans on Monday, Jan. 11, and second-draw PPP loans on Wednesday, Jan. 13. The PPP will open to all participating lenders shortly thereafter. Updated PPP guidance outlining program changes to enhance its effectiveness and accessibility was released on Jan. 6 in accordance with the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Non-Profits, and Venues Act.

This round of the PPP continues to prioritize millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $284 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses through March 31, and by allowing certain existing PPP borrowers to apply for a second-draw PPP loan.

“The historically successful Paycheck Protection Program served as an economic lifeline to millions of small businesses and their employees when they needed it most,” said SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza. “Today’s guidance builds on the success of the program and adapts to the changing needs of small business owners by providing targeted relief and a simpler forgiveness process to ensure their path to recovery.”

“The Paycheck Protection Program has successfully provided 5.2 million loans worth $525 billion to America’s small businesses, supporting more than 51 million jobs,” said Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin. “This updated guidance enhances the PPP’s targeted relief to small businesses most impacted by COVID-19. We are committed to implementing this round of PPP quickly to continue supporting American small businesses and their workers.”

Key PPP updates include:

√ PPP borrowers can set their PPP loan’s covered period to be any length between eight and 24 weeks to best meet their business needs;

√ PPP loans will cover additional expenses, including operations expenditures, property damage costs, supplier costs, and worker protection expenditures;

√ The program’s eligibility is expanded to include 501(c)(6)s, housing cooperatives, destination marketing organizations, among other types of organizations;

√ The PPP provides greater flexibility for seasonal employees;

√ Certain existing PPP borrowers can request to modify their first-draw PPP loan amount; and

√ Certain existing PPP borrowers are now eligible to apply for a second-draw PPP loan. 

A borrower is generally eligible for a second-draw PPP loan if the borrower:

√ Previously received a first-draw PPP Loan and will or has used the full amount only for authorized uses;

√ Has no more than 300 employees; and

√ Can demonstrate at least a 25% reduction in gross receipts between comparable quarters in 2019 and 2020.

The new guidance released includes:

PPP guidance from Carranza on accessing capital for minority, underserved, veteran, and women-owned business concerns;

Interim final rule on Paycheck Protection Program as amended by Economic Aid Act; and

Interim final rule on second-draw PPP loans.

For more information on SBA’s assistance to small businesses, visit sba.gov/ppp or treasury.gov/cares.

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