SBA Reopening PPP to Lenders Today

Today's blog is based on an article from Accounting Today by Michael Cohn that provides the latest details on the reopening of the PPP to lenders over the next several days.

The U.S. Small Business Administration plans to reopen the Paycheck Protection Program to small lenders on Friday and to all lenders next Tuesday.

The SBA and the Treasury Department said Wednesday that PPP-eligible lenders with $1 billion or less in assets for “first draw” and “second draw” applications will be able to offer loans through the PPP portal on Jan. 15 starting at 9 am ET. First draw applications are for businesses that didn’t borrow from the PPP last year, while second draw applications are for small businesses who need to borrow again. The portal will fully open on Jan. 19 to all participating PPP lenders to submit first and second draw loan applications to the SBA.

Earlier this week, the SBA first gave dedicated PPP access to community banks, including community development financial institutions, minority depository institutions, certified development companies, and microloan intermediaries as part of its efforts to reach underserved and minority small businesses after complaints that many minority businesses couldn’t secure PPP loans last year.

On Friday, the SBA plans to continue 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. The SBA also intends to provide dedicated service hours for smaller lenders after the portal fully re-opens 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 in a statement Wednesday. “SBA has worked expeditiously to ensure our policies and systems are re-launched 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.”

First draw PPP loans are for borrowers who haven’t received a PPP loan before Aug. 8, 2020. The first round of the PPP, which ran from March to August of last year, enabled 5.2 million small businesses to keep 51 million workers employed.

Second draw PPP loans are aimed at 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 percent reduction in gross receipts between comparable quarters in 2019 and 2020. The maximum amount of a second draw PPP loan is $2 million.

“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 Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in a statement. “As the program re-opens 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.”

Updated PPP forms, guidance and resources can be found on the SBA website.

Staff Report | 01/15/2021

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