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SBA reopens PPP

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Fri, Jan 15th 2021 07:00 pm

Lenders with $1 billion or less in assets will be able to submit first- and second-draw PPP applications

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, reopened the Paycheck Protection Program loan portal to PPP-eligible lenders with $1 billion or less in assets for first- and second-draw applications on Friday. The portal will fully open on Tuesday, Jan. 19, to all participating PPP lenders to submit first- and second-draw loan applications to SBA.

Earlier in the week, SBA granted dedicated PPP access to community financial institutions (CFIs), which include community development financial institutions (CDFIs), minority depository institutions (MDIs), certified development companies (CDCs), and microloan intermediaries as part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to reach underserved and minority small businesses.

On Friday, SBA continued its emphasis on reaching smaller lenders and businesses by opening to approximately 5,000 more lenders, including community banks, credit unions and farm credit institutions. Moreover, the agency also planned to have dedicated service hours for these smaller lenders after the portal fully reopens next week.

“A second round of PPP could not have come at a better time, and the SBA is making every effort to ensure small businesses have the emergency financial support they need to continuing weathering this time of uncertainty,” said SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza. “SBA has worked expeditiously to ensure our policies and systems are relaunched so that this vital small business aid helps communities hardest hit by the pandemic. I strongly encourage America’s entrepreneurs needing financial assistance to apply for a first- or second-draw PPP loan.”

“We are pleased to have opened PPP loans to CDFIs, MDIs, CDCs and microloan intermediaries. The PPP is already providing America’s small businesses hardest hit by the pandemic with vital economic relief,” said Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin. “As the program reopens for all first- and second-draw borrowers next week, the PPP will allow small businesses to keep workers on payroll and connected to their health insurance.”

First-draw PPP loans are for those borrowers who have not received a PPP loan before Aug. 8, 2020. The first round of the PPP, which ran from March to August, was a historic success helping 5.2 million small businesses keep 51 million American workers employed, SBA said.

Second-draw PPP loans are for eligible small businesses with 300 employees or less, that previously received a first-draw PPP loan and will use or have used the full amount only for authorized uses, and that can demonstrate at least a 25% reduction in gross receipts between comparable quarters in 2019 and 2020. The maximum amount of a second-draw PPP loan is $2 million.

Updated PPP lender forms, guidance and resources are available at www.sba.gov/ppp and www.treasury.gov/cares.

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