Small Business Resources COVID-19
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President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP Act) into law on March 11, 2021. The bill includes $50 billion for small business assistance through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). In addition to providing additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), and Shuttered Venues Operators Grant (SVOG) programs, the bill establishes a new Restaurant Revitalization Fund that will direct $28.6 billion in grants to bars and restaurants, and a Community Navigator pilot program that will support organizations in pursuing support through pandemic assistance programs.
Additional details on small business assistance in the ARP Act from SBA’s website:
- $7.25 billion additional for the Paycheck Protection Program, including to expand eligibility to additional nonprofits and digital news services
- Additional funds are allocated for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program. SBA’s SVOG portal is online here, which states that applications are slated to open April 8, 2021. Businesses interested in receiving updates on the application process can sign up here.
- $15 billion additional for Targeted Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance (EIDL) payments, including NEW $5 billion for Supplemental Targeted EIDL Advance payments for those hardest hit.
- EIDL Loan Increases: Some loans approved prior to the week of April 6, 2021 will be eligible for an increase based on new loan maximum amounts announced March 24, 2021. SBA is raising the loan limit for the COVID-19 EIDL program from six months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $150,000 to up to 24 months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $500,000. Businesses that received a loan subject to current loan limit do not need to submit a request for an increase at this time. SBA will reach out directly by email closer to the April 6, 2021 implementation date to provide more details about how businesses can request an increase. If an applicant accepted a loan for less than the full amount originally offered, the applicant will have up to two years after the date of the loan promissory note to request additional funds. Applicants may continue to request additional funds even after the application deadline of December 31, 2021.
- Supplemental Targeted EIDL Advance payments: Advance funds of up to $10,000 will be available to applicants in low-income communities who previously received an EIDL Advance for less than $10,000, or those who applied but received no funds due to lack of available program funding. Applicants do not need to take any action. SBA is reaching out to those who qualify by email from an account ending in sba.gov.
- NEW: $28.6 billion for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) for industry-focused grants. Five billion dollars of the RRF will be set aside for small restaurants that generated less than $500,000 in revenue in 2019. The Independent Restaurant Coalition has issued an FAQ and guide on how to apply. SBA has reported RRF will launch in April 2021.
- NEW: $100 million to establish a Community Navigator pilot program; grants will go to eligible organizations supporting efforts to improve access to COVID–19 pandemic assistance programs and resources.
SBA’s website also provides guidance on cross program eligibility for organizations that may qualify for support from more than one program.
President Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, which includes additional federal COVID-19 relief, into law on December 27, 2020. The bill provides additional relief for businesses, self-employed persons and independent contractors. Learn more about what is in the relief bill here and by reading the U.S. House Committee on Small Business's stimulus fact sheet.
Paycheck Protection Program
The U.S. Small Business Administration will re-open applications for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, the week of January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. Second Draw PPP Loans opened on Wednesday, January 13. For more information, see the updated SBA guidance below or visit sba.gov/ppp.
The new guidance released includes:
- PPP Guidance from SBA Administrator Carranza on Accessing Capital for Minority, Underserved, Veteran, and Women-owned Business Concerns
- Interim Final Rule on Paycheck Protection Program as Amended by Economic Aid Act
- Interim Final Rule on Second Draw PPP Loans
Individuals filing for unemployment benefits should visit www.kcc.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx.
Local banks and credit unions response
Bank on Louisville has gathered information about how local banks and credit unions are supporting customers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Please contact your financial institution to learn more about these relief efforts and discuss your individual eligibility. You will need to contact your bank or credit union to participate in relief programs as they are not automatic.
To support restaurants and accommodate those who are picking up carry-out orders and gift cards, the parking authority is allowing free parking at meters adjacent to restaurants for up to 15 minutes. Cars must use their flashers.
The Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet is providing assistance to bars and restaurants required to close to in-person services for eligible expenses. Restaurants and bars can receive $10,000 grants through the fund or a maximum of $20,000 per business entity. Apply here.
METCO Loan Deferral
The METCO Board voted November 19 to allow existing METCO loan holders to defer payments on their loans for 7 months and to pause interest accrual on those loans. Deferrals must be requested. If you are a METCO loan holder wanting to defer your loan payments, contact Brenda Hyatt here.
These grants are awarded to Black-owned culinary institutions that are pillars in the Greater Louisville community. These grants will also provide critical financial assistance to small, independent, Black-owned restaurants that, due to the COVID-19 national disaster, have an immediate need for funds to pay fixed operating expenses and remain in business.
The CDC also offers resources for business and employers on how to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in accordance with guidance from health professionals. Visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/businesses-employers.html.
This loan program administered by JFCS’s Navigate Enterprise Center will provide loans up to $3,000 at zero percent interest with a six-month grace period before the first payment is due. Eligible entities are sole proprietors and businesses with fewer than five employees. The owner’s household income must be at 80% AMI or less; the business must have been open at least six months, and the business must be able to demonstrate losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Email [email protected] to express an intent to apply and request additional information.
Business Liability Insurance
Check with your insurance carrier about any benefits you may have from disruption due to acts of God.
Traditional METCO loans
Small business loans help start and grow our small business community that are the soul our community. Loan programs assist with start-up capital, working capital, capital improvements to commercial and public properties, and helps low- and moderate-income individuals start or grow a business.
Loan programs assist with start-up capital, working capital, capital improvements to commercial and public properties, and helps low- and moderate-income individuals start or grow a business. For more information about the METCO loan program or small business resources, visit www.louisvilleky.gov/smallbusiness.
Through Render Capital, businesses can apply for growth loans of up to $35,000 that provide flexible funding for working capital, website improvements and more. Current borrowers can make interest-only payments for 3 months.
KIVA expanded its 0% loan options. Effective immediately, U.S. applicants for a Kiva loan will have access to the following:
- Expanded eligibility: More businesses in the U.S. will be eligible for a Kiva loan than ever.
- Larger loans: The maximum loan on the Kiva platform will increase from $10,000 to $15,000.
- Grace period: New borrowers may access a grace period of up to 6 months for greater financial flexibility.
If you’re a small business owner who believes you can benefit from a Kiva loan, or you know one in your community, go to www.kiva.org/borrow to apply for a loan.
Find a list of distilleries that are producing and selling hand sanitizer, as well as their contact information.
PPE Purchase Forms
The Kentucky Chamber and Greater Louisville Inc. (GLI) are both selling face masks for less than $1 per mask. GLI also is connecting businesses other forms of PPE, including gloves, face shields and more.
Team Kentucky Fund
The Region's Workforce Development Board has launched a new jobs board with information about companies that are hiring at www.kentuckianaworks.org/jobs. Although its physical facilities are closed, virtual career services and guidance are still being offered to employees and employers. For more information about services provided, visit www.kentuckianaworks.org/covid19.
Restaurant Worker Relief Fund
The LEE Initiative and Makers Mark are providing free carry-out, heat-and-serve meals to restaurant workers with pay stubs to prove their employment. Workers can pick up the meals (limit 2 per person) at 610 W. Magnolia Ave. from 5 to 8:30 p.m. They are also stocking family necessities for babies and children, non-perishable canned foods, toilet tissue and Tylenol. Everything is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Donate to the fund at www.leeinitiative.org.
Apron is distributing grants of up to $500 grants to eligible applicants.
To be eligible, the applicant must be employed persons who have work in locally owned independent food service businesses for at least 6 months. They must demonstrate how they have been impacted by a qualifying event, substantiate their expenses and prove their lack of financial resources. An application must be made not later than ninety (90) days following the hardship to be considered by the Apron Inc. Board of Directors. Only one application may be submitted for a qualifying event.
Learn more and apply at www.aproninc.org/application.