In an email earlier today, we send you the following additional information. APAP will continue to update information as the SBA releases it.
The following guidance was just released:
Application Checklist (Updated 4/23/2021) - This checklist does not add new documentation requirements, but clarifies which documents are required, and which are optional.
Application from the Office of Management and Budget (Updated April 22, 2021) - Please note that this was not officially released by the SBA, but comes from OMB.
APAP's advocacy partners met with the SBA earlier today. Here are some key tips and takeaways we would like to offer:
An hour in advance of the opening, the portal will post a "holding" message. We highly encourage applicants to register in advance, if you have not already done so.
- The SBA is implementing a "waiting room" between the portal server and applicants, so that if the server gets overwhelmed, applicants will keep their place in line.
Grant application reviewers will be instructed to look at applications in a comprehensive manner to spot omissions that are simple errors. There will be a process in place to fix simple errors, with a particular awareness of the complexity of the tax return documentation. Because they will consider the totality of your application, we recommend that you provide explanation where possible.
- Multiple document uploads will be available, with more clarity about what is required and what optional information will better support an application.
The revised revenue chart included in the new application form is among the most substantial changes. It is intended to allow applicants to choose a calendar or fiscal year approach.
The SBA is referring applicants to their Customer Service Call Center to address technology questions (such as a password reset, browser suggestions, or how to use the multi-factor authentication with an app and the QR code) at 1-800-659-2955 (or for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, 1-800-877-8339) and follow the prompts to SVOG assistance. The call center is open through the weekend from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EDT.
We will continue to monitor this process and provide you the best information we have.
We are stronger together.
The APAP Team