Originally published March 28, 2020, most recently updated October 30, 2020.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law on Friday, March 27, provides various options for small and midsize businesses facing liquidity challenges from the COVID-19 crisis. This has been updated to reflect PPP revisions issued on June 3, 2020, and information on the Main Street Lending Program from the Federal Reserve on October 30, 2020.
Three options are available:
Option one: U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan Assistance (EIDL)
The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act enacted on March 6 expanded the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan Assistance (EIDL) program to provide SBA loans to qualified small businesses.
Amount available: Qualifying business can receive up to $2 million in loans to be used for working capital and ordinary expenditures. The actual amount available to any business is tied to its economic injury from COVID-19.
Rates: Interest rates are 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for not-for-profit organizations. EIDL loans are not forgivable.
Eligibility: An eligible small business is determined by the number of employees and average annual sales, with different standards per industry. Most manufacturing companies with 500 or fewer employees and most non-manufacturing businesses with average annual receipts under $7.5 million can qualify. There are exceptions by industry.
Loans under this program are available to borrowers that can show they are unable to meet their existing financial obligations as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Cannabis businesses, casinos and racetracks are among the businesses that are not eligible.
How to apply: EIDLs are applied for directly with the SBA and funded by the SBA.