Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act
Congress has passed a second COVID-19 relief package just days before many of the provisions in the CARES Act were set to expire. As a small business owner, the most pertinent components of the Act relate to the extension of the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) and the opportunity for a "second draw" loan.

TRAA is here to help you navigate this evolving situation. Thanks to our federal lobbying team, Tremont Strategies Group, we already have a summary of the PPP provisions ready for you:
Section 11: Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Second Draw Loans
The Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act creates a second loan from the Paycheck Protection Program, called a “PPP second draw” loan for smaller and harder-hit businesses, with a maximum amount of $2 million.

Eligibility: In order to receive a Paycheck Protection Program loan under this section, eligible entities must:
  • Employ not more than 300 employees;
  • Have used or will use the full amount of their first PPP; and
  • Demonstrate at least a 25% reduction in gross receipts in the first, second, or third quarter of 2020 relative to the same 2019 quarter. Provides applicable timelines for businesses that were not in operation in Q1, Q2, Q3, and Q4 of 2019. Applications submitted on or after January 1, 2021 are eligible to utilize the gross receipts from the fourth quarter of 2020.

Eligible entities must be businesses, certain non-profit organizations, housing cooperatives, veterans’ organizations, tribal businesses, self-employed individuals, sole proprietors, independent contractors, and small agricultural co-operatives.

Loan terms: In general, borrowers may receive a loan amount of up to 2.5X the average monthly payroll costs in the one year prior to the loan or the calendar year. No loan can be greater than $2 million.

Loan forgiveness: Borrowers of a PPP second draw loan would be eligible for loan forgiveness equal to the sum of their payroll costs, as well as covered mortgage, rent, and utility payments, covered operations expenditures, covered property damage costs, covered supplier costs, and covered worker protection expenditures incurred during the covered period. The 60/40 cost allocation between payroll and nonpayroll costs in order to receive full forgiveness will continue to apply.

In order to participate in the PPP program you must apply through a Small Business Administration (SBA) qualified lender. There is no direct PPP application through the SBA. You can find the SBA lenders in your area here:
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