Updated 04/14/2020 for SBA clarification
Our whole nation is a declared disaster area. Structures are still standing and the power is on. But the financial fallout is everywhere. An SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan could provide the necessary working capital to help your business survive until normal operations resume after this pandemic. Substantial economic injury means your business is unable to meet obligations and unable to pay ordinary and necessary operating expenses.
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)
Loan amounts are determined by actual economic injury and the financial needs of the business. Repayment terms are determined by your ability to repay the loan.
Managed by: U.S. Small Business Administration
Application period: Open
Eligibility: Fewer than 500 employees; Coops; All nonprofits; AND sole proprietors and independent contractors. Also, ESOPs with fewer than 500 employees, religious organizations, tribal businesses.
Amount: Up to $2 million. This is a loan; it is NOT a grant.
Terms: Up to 3.75% interest for up to 30 years. The first month’s payments are deferred for a full year.
Loan Fees – NONE. Guarantee fees – NONE. Prepayment fees – NONE.
The SBA can approve EIDLs based solely on credit score – not repayment ability.
Tax returns are not required. A prior bankruptcy is not necessarily a disqualifier.
No requirement to disclose that you are unable to obtain credit elsewhere. This means other loans and lines of credit are not necessarily a disqualifier.
STREAMLINED APPLICATION PROCESS https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/
We recommend you apply online for the EIDL in order to be eligible for a LOAN ADVANCE. The loan advance will not have to be paid back IF used for 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. There is 10 Billion $ in the pot – This is a first come, first serve opportunity. To ensure that the greatest number of applicants can receive assistance, the amount of loan advances will be determined by number of pre-disaster employees – as of 01/31/2020. The loan advance will provide $1,000 per employee up to a maximum of $10,000.
Yes, you can still apply for the Paycheck Protection Program in addition to the EIDL. We will have more on this soon.
CHECK ON EIDL STATUS
To check the status of your EIDL loan application You Need The Application Number from when you applied. Unfortunately, there is no “online check your loan status”. You have to call or email the SBA Customer Service Center: By Phone: 1-800-659-2955 (TTY/TDD: 1-800-877-8339); By Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We also recommend simultaneously applying for the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan. Also, make sure your banker discusses other loan options and avenues to quick cash to fund current operations.
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