The much-anticipated CARES Act provided for the Paycheck Protection Program, which is meant to help small businesses both retain their employees and meet their rent and other operating expenses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For purposes of the Paycheck Protection Program, small businesses are broadly defined as business with 500 or fewer employees, and include "nonprofits, veterans organizations, tribal concerns, self-employed individuals, sole proprietorships, and independent contractors."
The Department of the Treasury just published program information for Lenders and Borrowers. The information provided to Borrowers explains that small businesses and sole proprietorships may apply starting on April 3, 2020. Independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply on April 10, 2020. The Treasury helpfully suggests, "We encourage you to apply as quickly as you can because there is a funding cap."
All of this information may be found here. https://home.treasury.gov/cares
We have republished it below for your convenience.
From the Department of the Treasury:
The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses.
Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards.
For a top-line overview of the program CLICK HERE
If you’re a lender, more information can be found HERE
If you’re a borrower, more information can be found HERE
The application for borrowers can be found HERE
Ed. Note: Since this article was published, we've written numerous other articles about these programs, notably here and here. Also, please visit our main Business Resources page for additional information.
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