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CARES Act Emergency Grant and Loan

Getting Immediate Cash For Your Small Business Through The CARES Act:

The Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) are the first line of support.  These loans aren’t new. They’ve always been available in the event of disaster.  This is the first time a virus or pandemic event has been defined as a disaster

Because of that declaration, businesses in every state and territory are now eligible to apply for Economic Injury Disaster loans. (If you applied before the declaration was made, you may have been rejected because SBA Disaster Loan Assistance was unavailable for Coronavirus related economic impact at the time.) 

The SBA offers many favorable terms in their EIDLs: 

  • Loans are up to $2M 
  • The term is 30 years
  • Interest Rates are 3.75% for small business and (2.75% for non-profits) 
  • The first month’s payments are deferred a full year from the date of the promissory note. 

The EIDLs expanded provisions include: 

  • EIDLS can be approved by the SBA based solely on an applicant’s credit score (not repayment ability and no tax return is required). Mr. Contreras specified that a prior bankruptcy doesn’t disqualify you.
  • EIDLS smaller than $200,000 can be approved without a personal guarantee. They are also not requiring real estate as collateral and will take a general security interest in business property. 
  • Borrowers can receive $10,000 in an emergency grant cash advance that can be forgiven if spent on paid leave, maintaining payroll, increased costs due to supply chain disruption, mortgage or lease payments or repaying obligations that cannot be met due to revenue loss. 
  • It expands access to sole proprietors or independent contractors, as well as tribal businesses, cooperatives, and ESOPs with fewer than 500 employees and all non-profits including 501(c)(6)s. 

The $10,000 emergency cash grants are particularly interesting. Applicants can get the emergency cash even if they don’t qualify for additional funds. Because lending decisions are based on self-certification and the applicant’s credit score, the review process should go quickly. CARES also has waived the requirement that you be unable to obtain credit elsewhere. That means you can apply even if you already have a credit line.

You apply for these loans directly through the SBA at www.SBA.gov/disaster.  There are no loan fees, guarantee fees or prepayment fees. As of March 30, the new streamlined online application is up and running. Make sure to apply for Economic Injury for the Coronavirus, rather than physical damage due to another disaster (that is a different declaration number).  

You must have been in business by January 31, 2020 to qualify, so you can’t start a business now and receive this kind of grant.  The SBA also offers other information and programming at www.sba.gov/coronavirus

Our advice: apply as soon as you can.