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In response to the unprecedented crisis wrought by the coronavirus pandemic, the federal government has expanded financing support through the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) program. In addition to making the EIDL program more accessible to businesses that have suffered economic hardship due to the pandemic, 2 grant programs have been added: the EEIG and the new, targeted EIDL grant.
General working capital uses
Up to $10,000
Those in low-income areas that can prove economic loss of 30% or more due to COVID-19
The Targeted EIDL Advance was created under the December 2020 stimulus package to provide support for businesses that have been most heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s limited to small businesses in low-income areas that have suffered a substantial economic loss due to COVID-19.
The SBA states that eligible entities should be able to maximize the $10,000 loan advance through one of the following methods.
To be eligible for the new Targeted EIDL Advance, businesses must meet the following criteria:
Yes, if you applied after January 31, 2020, and meet the other program requirements, you may qualify for the Targeted EIDL Advance.
To qualify for a Targeted EIDL Advance, you must prove an economic loss of 30%+. This is determined by either:
Working capital to cover day-to-day expenses.
Up to $500,000
Qualifying small businesses and private nonprofits with fewer than 500 employees
An Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) is a traditional SBA loan reserved for disaster relief. Previously known for strict requirements and long wait times before receiving funds, much of that has shifted in response to the CARES Act and coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
These loans offer support for small businesses and help them stay operational during disaster-induced hardships. Use these funds to cover necessary day-to-day expenses your business would have successfully covered before coronavirus or other disasters impacted your finances. Examples include:
There are other specific requirements for EIDLs. These requirements also apply to businesses that had previously applied for an EIDL due to COVID-19.
Those requirements are that you:
The SBA requires you to prove your business has suffered as a direct result of coronavirus. If your business was experiencing financial hardship before the pandemic, you likely won’t qualify.
You can apply for an EIDL on the SBA website.
There are no limits on the use of an EEIG. But if it is used for payroll and your business is also approved for a PPP loan, the EEIG will be refinanced into the PPP loan.
Up to $1,000 per employee with a maximum cap of $10,000
Small businesses and private nonprofits with fewer than 500 employees, sole proprietors, and independent contractors
An Emergency Economic Injury Grant (EEIG), Economic Injury Disaster Loan Grant, and EIDL Grant are all the same thing—what the SBA called an “advance” on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). While it may help people to think of it as a grant, it’s really an up-to-$10,000 advance on your loan that the government decided you don’t need to pay back.
EIDL applicants can request to be considered for an EEIG.
In order to apply for EEIGs, you must complete the EIDL application. To be considered for an EEIG, small businesses need to check a box on the final page of the EIDL application.
Applying is free and won’t impact your credit
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