January 12th, 2021

SBA reopens Paycheck Protection Program

The US Small Business Administration (SBA) has reopened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) the week of January 11, 2021 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers.

COVID-19

The US Small Business Administration (SBA) has reopened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) the week of January 11, 2021 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers.

To promote access to capital, initially only community financial institutions will be able to make First Draw PPP Loans on Monday, January 11, and Second Draw PPP Loans on Wednesday, January 13. The PPP2 will open to all participating lenders shortly thereafter. Updated PPP guidance outlining Program changes to enhance its effectiveness and accessibility was released on January 6 in accordance with the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Non-Profits, and Venues Act.

Companies interested in applying for a new PPP loan are strongly urged to promptly consult with their financial institution and tax advisor to ensure they have the latest information. Elements of this are still evolving, and this ensures companies are prepared to act as the loan funds become available.

Key updates to PPP include:

  • PPP borrowers can set their PPP loan’s covered period to be any length between 8 and 24 weeks to best meet their business needs;
  • PPP loans will cover additional expenses, including operations expenditures, property damage costs, supplier costs, and worker protection expenditures;
  • The Program’s eligibility is expanded to include 501(c)(6)s, housing cooperatives, destination marketing organizations, among other types of organizations;
  • The PPP provides greater flexibility for seasonal employees;
  • Certain existing PPP borrowers can request to modify their First Draw PPP Loan amount; and
  • Certain existing PPP borrowers are now eligible to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan.

A borrower is generally eligible for a Second Draw PPP Loan if the borrower:

  • Previously received a First Draw PPP Loan and will or has used the full amount only for authorized uses;
  • Has no more than 300 employees; and
  • Can demonstrate at least a 25% reduction in gross receipts between comparable quarters in 2019 and 2020.

Resources

Helpful documents:

Newly released guidance: