On December 22, 2020 Congress passed the stimulus bill which includes new EIDL grants, new Paycheck Protection Program loans and other small business relief. Read more about that legislation and apply for a new PPP loan here.
Part of the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) is what many are calling a grant up to $10,000 for those who submit an application for disaster assistance. It works more like an advance that does not require repayment—whether or not your loan application is approved. In other words, if you meet the qualification criteria to apply for an EIDL loan, submit an application to the SBA, and you will receive up to a $10,000 advance within three business days—that does not need to be repaid.
What is the Qualification Criteria to Apply for an EIDL Loan?
The criteria for qualifying is somewhat relaxed when compared to a typical SBA loan and may even see some changes. Also, unlike a typical SBA loan, or even the Paycheck Protection Loans (PPL) that are on the way, the application is going directly to the SBA rather than a bank or other lender. The qualification criteria will look something like this:
- Businesses with fewer than 500 employees (with some exceptions)
- Businesses that were in operation before January 30, 2020 (this date is different from what is required in the PPL—which is February 15, 2020)
- Businesses that meet the SBA’s industry-based size standard requirements for applicable NAICS code,which are based either on number of employees or annual receipts (you can see if your business credit reports list your NAICS code by pulling your business credit reports for free on Nav)
- Not-for-profits (except those receiving Medicaid funds)
- Veterans organizations
You should also be prepared with:
- Your 2019 business tax return if filed, or your 2019 year-end profit and loss statement, along with your balance sheet and the most recently filed business tax return
- 2020 year-to-date profit and loss statement
If you need help with your application, you can talk to one of our Lending and Credit Specialists who can help you complete your application free of charge. You can also contact the SBA directly by calling 1-800-659-2955 or via email at email@example.com, but to apply for the EIDL, the SBA is suggesting you make your application via the SBA’s online portal.
If you’ve already applied for the EDIL and weren’t asked for your bank account information, the SBA is suggesting that you submit another application—particularly if you are looking for the advance. Your bank information will allow them to directly deposit the advance in your business bank account.
NOTE: If you applied for an EDIL last week, there was a data glitch and some small business’ information was compromised. Because you can’t freeze your business credit report like you can with your personal information, we are recommending that you immediately begin monitoring both your personal credit and your business credit. You can monitor your credit for free at Nav. If you’d like to know more about the data breach, click HERE.
What Does the EIDL Grant Mean for Small Businesses?
The Economic Injury Disaster Loans generally are attractive for a number of reasons, including:
- Loans up to $2 million are available
- The disaster loans come with low fixed interest rates of 3.75% or 2.75% for non-profits
- The repayment term is up to 30 years, reducing the monthly cash flow burden
- There are no prepayment penalties
- Although interest will accrue, payments may be deferred for six months
- The money is available in all 50 states
- The time-in-business requirement has been waived, provided your business was operational on January 31, 2020.
The grant associated with the EDIL makes it possible for any business that meets the minimum requirements to apply, able to receive up to $10,000 almost immediately (the SBA is shooting for three days) that they can use the funds without the requirement to repay the loan.
These working capital loans (including the grant) may be used only to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred. The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits or to pay for expansion. Funds cannot be used to pay down long-term debt. They also cannot be used to consolidate debt.
What if I Have Less-Than-Perfect Credit?
Although the qualifying criteria for making an application may be somewhat relaxed, there are some credit issues that could disqualify you:
- Your are more than sixty (60) days delinquent on child support obligations
- You have judgements against you for federal debts and you have not worked out a satisfactory repayment plan
- You have federal tax liendres of more than $10,000 (you could still qualify, but you must provide a satisfactory explanation and be able to repay the tax debt—it’s recommended you work out a payment plan with the IRS as soon as possible
Fortunately, the SBA is not requiring exceptional credit to apply for these loans, but you should be prepared to include an explanation for your current situation with your application. Guidelines for those who process SBA Disaster Loan applications state:
“For disaster lending purposes, satisfactory credit history is defined as a history that generally shows payments to creditors as agreed unless otherwise justified…
Generally, a history that consists of minor, isolated instances of adverse credit or late payments is acceptable. Major instances of adverse credit such as unpaid judgments, repossessions, previous foreclosures, charge-offs, and unpaid collections can be overcome provided:
- The applicant explains the lapse; and
- The applicant has other accounts with “as agreed” payment records.
For purposes of evaluating adverse information found on an applicant’s (credit reports), the information should be considered within the totality of circumstances; for example, financial difficulties caused by one-time situations such as divorce, job loss, serious medical illness, etc.
For purposes of disaster lending, medical collections are not considered adverse information.
Non-medical collections or charged off accounts with an aggregate of $10,000 or less and foreclosures or deed-in lieu of foreclosures which occurred more than two years from the date of the loan application are all considered an acceptable credit risk and do not require any additional justification.”
That being said, there is no guarantee that you will be approved for the loan if you have a poor credit history. Fortunately, the grant of up to $10,000, associated with the loan does not need to be repaid even if your loan application is rejected.
The Economic Injury Disaster Loan Grant: The Bottom Line?
If you meet the minimum requirements to apply for a disaster loan, the grant will be available to you whether or not your loan application is approved. With that in mind, if you need access to capital quickly, and don’t need a larger loan amount, this may be a good option for you.
The Paycheck Protection loan is another option to consider. It’s based upon the 7(a) loan program. A good place to start is looking at the Paycheck Protection Loan Calculator to help you determine the loan amount you should be looking at. You can also visit with one of our Credit and Lending Specialists and they can help you make an informed decision about which program will best suit your needs.
Please keep in mind this information is changing rapidly and is based on our current understanding of the programs. It can and likely will change. Although we will be monitoring and updating this as new information becomes available, please do not solely rely on this for your financial decisions. We encourage you to consult with your lawyers, CPAs, and Financial Advisors. To review your real-time funding options with one of Nav’s lending experts, please contact us.
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180 responses to “What is the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Grant and What Does it Mean for Small Business?”
I need help my business sales are down to almost nothing. I finally had to close my business because of this pandemic. I need to apply for the EDIL $10,000 GRANT TO BUY MORE INVENTORY
You can apply for EIDL at SBA.gov.
I used my house for side hustle operating Airbnb but bc of pandemic I had to cancel and stopped making income can I apply for 10k grant also am receiving UI benefits will that effect my UI benefits?
Nikki – Your state unemployment agency would have to answer that question. It would seem to depend on whether you pay yourself from the grant but we can’t speak for the unemployment agency.
Since I received a SBA loan, am also eligible for the EDIL $10,000 Grant?
Did you receive an EIDL loan or PPP? I am not sure what you mean by SBA loan…
We applied and received a $24000 loan from SBA, back in August 2020.
How can we turn the $10000 of that loan into a grant?
What kind of loan Lloyd? An EIDL? If so the loan cannot be turned into a grant. The grant is administered separately from the loan.
My Buisness has went down severely due to COVID yet I’ve received no grants loans or anything I’m not sure how to go about getting any help can someone please help me!!!
Jennifer – I’m so sorry to hear how your business is struggling. I’d encourage you to reach out to your local SBDC and/or SCORE office. They offer free help to entrepreneurs.
“EDIL(G)” AN “ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOAN GRANT” IT CAN’T BE BOTH “LOAN” AND “GRANT”…$(:/)…Q: SO DO YOU PAY IT BACK OR DON’TCHA…(?¿?)…WHAT IN THE “DOUBLE STANDARDS” IS GOING ON HERE…(*o*)
The grant is part of the EIDL program that was enacted by the CARES Act. You apply for the loan and if you qualify you may also get the grant.
Im a freelancer i take a lot of pride and my cleaning service i have been doing it for 5 years now my business was really taking off before this happen and im finding myself having to ask for help but you got to do what you got to do i need this to help get back working again
Once the PPP money is gone can you then use EIDL money to pay rent and payroll
Marvina, EIDL may be used to pay for working capital expenses the business cannot pay due to the disaster. Payroll and rent are typically considered working capital needs. This article may be helpful: 5 Ways You Can and Can’t Use Your EIDL Loan
I am a small business owner and the building where my small business was for 30+ years has been sold. I need a new building, right now am not operating except for online. I have found an appopriate space. Can I use my EDIL loan to relocate?
Please read this article Kelly: 5 Ways You Can and Can’t Use Your EIDL Loan then contact the SBA Disaster Assistance hotline with any questions.
I am a disable veteran. I have a small business and I am trying to get funds to help support my business. Is there anyway that I can get the loan and my credit is not that good
Thank you for your service. It’s hard to tell since loans are based on many factors. You may qualify for EIDL. We have newer information about that program here. In addition, if you sign up for a free Nav account you can schedule a time to talk with our Credit & Lending team about your options.
Can you get this loan with a bankruptcy?
EIDL does require acceptable credit. It will likely depend on how recent it is and what your credit scores are. You may want to apply – it’s possible you will get the grant if not the loan.
Will grants be issued again? thanks
Yes. Did you see our article on the new grants?
I want to started my on business can I apply for the loan
No this is not a loan for a startup unfortunately. I recommend you check out our Youtube video on start up financing options instead.
How do I get written documentation to verify that the deposit made to my account for the eidg was submitted by sba to my account.
You’ll need to contact the SBA for that: 800-659-2955
I was running a little kitchen and cooking and selling all types of platters everyday before the Pandemic. When it came about We were quarritein, and unable to continue with my daily routine, so nothing worked, or should I say nobody worked. I took a major loss, unable to get things up and rolling, my finances are all lost
I own a hair salon with 8 people renting booths from me. No one paid there rent when we were shut down. I applied for the EIDL/advance and received 8000. Is this correct or should I return the money because they are not pay roll employees.
Kris – If these were not your employees then I would recommend you talk to the SBA. The grant is supposed to be based on the number of employees.
Hi Can you apply for the EIDL disaster relief even if you didn’t make enough money to pay taxes? I didn’t file last year’s business because I didn’t make enough money.
You can try. At a minimum you may get the grant.
Good evening, what if a person lied to get the grant? Saying they have a business but don’t, do they could go shopping, purchase a new Vechicle, drink, party, and move into a bigger place. Edgar could happen if the government monitor they personal account, where they deposit the $10,000?
EIDL can use to buy supply for bussiness?
That seems like a reasonable expense. Have you seen our latest article? 5 Ways You Can and Can’t Use Your EIDL Loan
I applied for the eidl loan. They immediatley deposited 5k into my bank and iIt came back with a loan offer of 150k loan for 30 years. I accepted the term but then they called and said my industry or type of business didn’t qualify but she could not tell me where to find the list of which business did or did not qualify. I am a small business with 5 employee’s. S corp. Can you direct me to a list. Second, will they take back the 5k? I also got the ppp but the loan application did not ask any question about it, what does that mean for me?
John – You can find the Disaster Loan Standard Operating Procedures here.
I’m sorry I don’t know about the grant. If they determine your business is ineligible I imagine it’s possible but whether or not they will figure that out I don’t know.
Can your sba grant be deposited in your personal bank acct
I applied for EIDL grand by the end of March and been approved for a loan with 3.75% interest. Wonder if the grand will come with the loan or not? If I denied the loan am I still have any chance to apply for the grand? Thanks.
My husband was just approved for EDIA, we were granted 25000.00 with payback terms for 30years, I thought this was a grant. Is it a grant or a loan?
There is a separate grant of up to $1000 per employee. The loan must be repaid. The grant does not.
do we need a document for the SBAD TREAS 310 misc pay (EI DG) since it’s free and I don’t know if we need to make one or not
I currently received the EDIL economic disaster loan for 10,000 and while I’m extremely blessed to receive it im questioning whether I have to pay it back or not I see on most sites it says it won’t have to be repaid but I’m just trying to make sure before I use it towards any bills or utilities.
Julian – you need to clarify if you got the grant or the loan. The grant does not have to be repaid, but the loan does. Did you get and sign a loan agreement? If so it may be the loan. Did the deposit to your bank account indicated EIDG – g for grant? If so it might be the grant. If you aren’t sure contact the SBA at 800-659-2955.
I am the sole owner and operator of an electrology company and have been shut down since March 17 so far with no reopen date in sight. My CPA sent me an email telling me I could apply for EIDL and that it was a GRANT and did not need to be repaid, plus everything I read on the internet says it is a GRANT. I was hoping to get it to pay my rent for a few months until I can reopen. So I applied about 3 weeks ago and got an email today saying I was approved for up to $15,500. I don’t need nearly that much, I would just be grateful for enough to pay my rent until July or August, when I hope I can reopen at that point…$7,000. I started going through the various windows on the email which told me I was approved, I just needed to have my requested amount approved and then it laid out what my payments and interest would be for a 30 year LOAN. I did not click OK to anything. So I called the cust. svc. number on the screen for the SBA and asked the man who answered if this was a GRANT or a LOAN and that my CPA told me it was a GRANT. He literally said, “Where did he get that idea? Your CPA actually told you this was a grant??” I said yes and he said he didn’t know for sure and that he would put me through to someone who did. After sitting on hold for longer than I care to think about with no one picking up I just hung up. Do you know the answer to this question????
You apply for the loan and you check a box asking if you want to be considered for the grant as well. The grant is $1000 per employee up to $10,000 so if it is $15,500 then it’s a loan. There are new grants available to those who previously applied. Read about them here.
If my small business received from the Payroll Protection Program, am I also entitled to the EIDG grant? I applied for both.
You can apply for both if you qualify.
you answered 1 question about getting both a PPP and the EIDG loans with no double dipping and use both for different purposes, and the next time you answer no double dipping and use both for the same purpose. Can you clarify? My question would be can I use both for payroll costs for the next 8 weeks?
Peter – there are still questions about how the two intersect. What we know so far is that according to the CARES Act it appears the amount of an EIDL advance (grant) must be subtracted from the PPP for forgiveness purposes. (No additional guidance so that’s our understanding based on what the Act appears to say. But it is certainly not legal advice or interpretation.) The EIDL loan– which is in addition to the grant– may be used for working capital purposes which is broader than payroll. Hopefully there will be additional guidance from SBA and Treasury.
My husband have an auto repair shop. March 30, I have applied for him through EIDL loan. Was it just one application for both advance and loan? Keep waiting and waiting until couple days ago , they sent me an email say I have to verify some information to receive the loan up to 20,700$ with 3.75 interest rates. Just wondering how the loan work and is it some of the loan are forgiveness? I hope to hear from you soon!
If you also get an EIDL advance (or grant) it won’t have to be repaid. The grant is calculated at $1000 per employee. The EIDL loan, however, is not eligible for forgiveness. You will need to clarify with the SBA how much you are getting for the grant versus the loan.
I applied for the EIDL and received a response telling me that I have been approved for $28700 .If I accept this loan amount , will I still get a $1000 grant ??
Also what are the restrictions for using either ?
The grant and loan are separate. We wrote about how you can use them in this article and this article.
I applied for the PPP and was recently approved. I also applied for the EIDG and didn’t hear anything about it; I wasn’t denied or approved. In the meantime, all additional paperwork was turned in and my local bank has assured me the money for the PPP will be deposited into my account soon…hooray! Upon looking at my account today I noticed a deposit made from the Treasury for a different amount than what was awarded to me through the PPP. After doing some calling around it has been determined that the money is actually from the EIDG that I applied for…double hooray!! So I was awarded both, but I never received any information about the EIDG alerting me of my award or any further action needed to be taken. My question is, can I accept both the PPP and the EIDG without penalty? Or do I need to choose which one I would like to accept and decline the other? I understand the grant does not need to be paid back and neither does the PPP if I use it correctly. No one seems to have any information about this, not even the bank. I would love some guidance, can you help?
Laura – Congrats! You can get EIDL and PPP you just can’t double dip and use both for different purposes. An EIDL grant may also reduce the amount of PPP forgiveness. This article may help: FAQs about applying for EIDL
I’m not an expert & someone can correct me if I am wrong but I believe I read somewhere. That they will deduct the EIDG ( if same as EIDL ) out from the PPP amount you receive. I would ask your lender who did your PPP loan or go onto the SBA website in regards to these loans for I think it was there I read this info on.
It appears the EIDL advance must be deducted from the PPP forgiveness amount per the CARES Act. Hopefully more guidance will be provided by Treasury and the SBA soon.
I applied for an economic injury disaster loan. I gave them my bank account number. I am a sub s corp. I am receiving unemployment. Can I receive both? If not, can I withdraw my EIDL application?
Edward – We don’t know for sure. We discussed that in this article: FAQs about unemployment for the self-employed
Can they deposit my eidl grant into my personal bank acct
Yes though we’ve heard some business owners were told they needed a business bank account. If you don’t have one, we recommend you get one!
I have received my Advance. What record keeping do I need to do or what steps do I need to take now to make sure I keep everything straight for the grant portion?
Lindsay – Congrats! Did you see this article? FAQs about applying for EIDL It describes acceptable uses of the grant. The SBA doesn’t provide specific documentation requirements so as far as we know you’ll have to find a way to keep track in case questions arise later.
I own a small cleaning business. I am the only employee. I want to apply for the EIDL grant only. I dont want to apply for loans at this time. Can I still do that? Or do I have to apply for a loan in order to get the grant that I dont have to repay?
Unfortunately the EIDL portal is now closed for new applications except for certain agricultural businesses.
How do I check the status of my EIDL grant?
I have a confirmation number
Check your bank account and your email (including the spam folder). You can call the SBA Disaster Assistance hotline to check on the status of your application but I’m not sure they can give you an exact date as they are processing so many applications.
I received $1000 advance this morning. Just because I receive the advance does NOT mean that I have yet been approved for the EIDL; correct?
That’s correct Heather.
i can’t find the application for the Economic Injury disaster loan and loan Advance. Small business.
Rusty – The program is closed until Congress approves more funds. That may happen this week! SBA COVID-19 Disaster Loan Portal
I applied as 1099 3/31. My kid applied as 1099 4/1. She got a $1000 deposit today and I did not. Is the $1000 per “employee” guaranteed? If I applied 1st and my application number is way ahead of hers does this mean I’m not getting it?
I wish I knew Summer! You could try reaching out to the SBA Disaster Assistance Hotline to see if you can get an update.
I applied for the EIDL grant and did not receive anything. I own the business. My co -workers did receive 1,000. I received the email to apply for the loan. Does this mean I will not be receiving any grant forgiven money?
Heather – Please read our new article on the grants.
I own my own business and am the only employee. I want to apply for the EIDL grant only. I dont want to apply for loans because I won’t be able to repay them. I submitted the application and was pre-approved for $11,100. Do I have to continue the process to receive the grant or can I just let the 2nd step in the loan process sit there without completing it?
You are wrong and there is a lawsuit going on now about that fact. The SBA made up their own rule about $1k per employee. That is NOT in the law. Please get your information correct before posting something misleading.
Here is the attorney who filed and there are politicians sending notices to the SBA about what they are doing.
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I just received $1000 in my account. I am very confused as I thought I didn’t even finish the application. Do I need to repay this? Do I need to prove I have use it for anything in particular?
Congrats Rachel! The grant does not have to be repaid. However, it must be spent on certain expenses detailed in this article: FAQs about applying for EIDL
I just received the EIDG (grant) deposited into my business checking account. I applied for the EIDL, I believe on April 3rd. I own a very small business with only 3 employees that has not been entirely shutdown during this crisis. I called the SBA last week (waited almost an hour) and asked a status of the EIDL application and they told me I was in the queue and it would be a matter of days. It turned out to be a week, but for the government that isn’t too bad. That’s just my experience.
Congrats Kevin! Thanks for sharing your experience.
I own my own business and am the only employee. I want to apply for the EIDL grant only. I dont want to apply for loans because I won’t be able to repay them. I submitted the application and was pre-approved for $11,100. Do I have to continue the process to receive the grant or can I just let the 2nd step in the loan process sit there without completing it?
You don’t have to accept the loan. The grant is a separate process and rejecting the loan shouldn’t disqualify you. Usually it happens before the loan. You may want to ask the SBA Disaster Assistance hotline what happened to your grant.
I applied for EIDL on 03/30/2020 I like one of your other commenters have heard absolutely nothing. Are you aware of any site crashes on their end that may have occurred? Also, would you advise applying again and or just hold tight?
You can call the SBA to check the status of your application at 1-800-659-2955.
Apparently the company I work for did get the loan. We have less then 500 employees with all of our locations combined. We were told that we had to be laid off, given our business # & tax ID # with an approximate date of return, & information to file for unemployment. We were called today with a return date of may 4th. We may have to do job-share split 40hrs between 2 employees when we go back until business picks up again. Is this allowed? If so, are wr able to voluntarily stay on unemployment until the disaster is over? This is a huge concern due to the fact that we make more on unemployment yet less then we do working as a full time employee, however, job share split is less then unemployment.
Can I use the advance/loan to pay amounts towards our business credit card that we owe on?
Rachel – We describe the acceptable use of EIDLs in this article: https://www.nav.com/blog/frequently-asked-questions-about-applying-for-sba-disaster-loans-due-to-coronavirus-582699/
Is the entire EIDL grant and entire PPP LOAN forgiven if you can justify the expenses accordingly during required 8 week period or does the grant amount affect the PPP forgivable portion?
EIDL grants don’t have to be repaid. PPP is a separate forgiveness process. We’ve written about that here: How to Apply For Forgiveness for Your Paycheck Protection Program Loan But keep in mind you cannot use the EIDL grant and PPP funds for the same purpose (in other words, no double dipping).
In addition, the EIDL grant may reduce the amount of PPP forgiveness. At least currently it appears you must subtract the amount of the EIDL grant from the PPP when applying for forgiveness.
How long after the 10 k grant will we know about the actual loan? 10 k will definitely help pay my last payroll and rent but then I’m back to zero?
Pat – Those who applied early are just starting to get approved now so we can’t predict how long it will take.
I applied for EILD grant but do I need to apply somewhere else for the loan now?
When you apply for EIDL you are applying for the loan. The grant is an advance on the loan. It is one application.
I am somewhat confused. I applied for the 10,000. I understand that total amount may not be awarded. My question is do I have to apply for the larger loan. The 10,000 is all that is needed.
Aprile – If you are approved for a loan for more than you want or need you don’t have to accept it.
Can the EIDL loan forgiveness?
Not sure I understand your question Nikki. An EIDL grant (or advance) does not have to be repaid. But if you also get an EIDL loan that must be repaid.
I am a landlord with multiple commercial properties and each property is in a different LLC. I applied for the EIDL on April 4 . On the application I put down the amount of loss from rental income due to tenants not paying. I also put down 0 employees as I dont have any employees and I get a K1 at the end of the year. Without the rent income, I cant pay the mortgage. Will I still get aproved for the $10K grant from EIDL?
It’s our understanding the grant is based on $1000 per employee. Whether they will give you the $1000 based on yourself as an employee (since you listed 0) is not clear to us.
Can you sign up if you signed up for the PPP ? We are farmers and LLC .
Rhonda, Yes you can apply for both. But right now the EIDL is closed. Keep checking back to see if SBA opens it again.
Can you use the grant given from the EIDL to pay credit card debt that you had from equipment purchased on 2019?
Kenny – We share the SBA guidance on how you can use EIDL funds in this article: FAQs about applying for EIDL
Can you receive both the PPP loan and the Economic Injury loan? If they are used for diffferent needs to stay in business?
Yes Dorothy you can.
Is the SBA going to let my business fail which will lead to the loss to 12 employees because I have a felony charge for non-violent or sexual charge? I have a credit rating of 825 and have been in business for 35 years.
The guidance from the SBA is vague and we are doing research to try to answer some questions. In the mean time, from what I’m reading, it doesn’t look promising for a borrower with a felony conviction. This is some of what I’ve been reading on the subject: http://ccresourcecenter.org/2020/04/03/sbas-bumpy-guidance-on-criminal-history-requirements-for-stimulus-loans/
Can you just get the grant without applying for a loan? I run a very small independent contractor booth rental salon and really just need about 10,000 to get me through the next few months to pay rent, bank note and bills while the salon is closed and the girls aren’t paying me their weekly rent. I am not finding a cut throat answer on this. Or, do you only qualify for the 10,000 grant if you apply for an actual loan?
Thanks so much!!
In order to get the grant, you need to apply for the EIDL disaster loan.
Is there a minimum to apply for? I really don’t want a loan.
You can just take the grant and decline the loan.
I think what Shannon Brents may have been getting at is the online application does not ask you how much $ you would like to borrow. If I only want to borrow 10,000 then it becomes a grant. If you apply online does the SBA pass your loan along to a bank of their choice. The online application was way to easy and now Nav is saying my application was or may have been compromised after
entering my checking & routing #s. Very Comforting NOT.
EIDL only goes through the SBA. There are no banks involved. This article goes into more detail about how they figure out how much you can borrow: FAQs about applying for EIDL
I applied for the EDIL the end of March. I received a vague email stating the SBA is giving $1000 per employee. I gave my business info and business account number. My credit was pulled a couple of weeks ago and I have good credit but I haven’t heard anything else and no deposit. I called to check the status and was told they are working on my file. Do they normally pull your credit for the EDIL?
Yes they do. We talked about that in this article: FAQs about applying for EIDL
Once approved for the grant, do you have to accept and pay back a loan? Do you have to pay back the grant?
You don’t have to pay back the grant but remember you must use it for approved purposes. This article may help: FAQs about applying for EIDL. You can reject the loan or request less than the full amount offered.
1) If you are a landlord and anticipate lost rent now (this next month), do you just wait to apply or apply now?
2) if you are a sole proprietorship of a business with lost sales b/c of the economic drop, do you apply now or after the month in which you would have had the sales? I did read how it didn’t apply to lost sales, but that part seemed to be a little vague.
3) If you do get the grant, what do you have to do to show that you have used the grant money according to the rules?
I applied to the SBA days ago for the EDIL .. Crickets
I’d like to make a suggestion – Please, simply go through the process and read along the way. This article is still rife with mal-informed assertions. It takes very little time and you can always bail out of the form just before submitting it for approval.
We’re trying to keep up with a flood of information coming out on this program and the CARES Act. We are updating these articles as soon as new information is available. If you see something specific you believe is wrong it will be helpful if you point it out so we can research and clarify as needed. Appreciate it!
Same here. I applied days ago as well and haven’t heard anything back yet. Do you know what the turn around time is for a response?
If you are asking about the EIDL disaster loan, I don’t know what the timeline for the SBA will be, I’m sure they are overwhelmed with applications right now.
If you submitted an application to Nav for the PPP, because the volume of applications is so high, I can’t give you a definite timeline right now, but we expect to have more information about a timeline soon—-at least in the next day or two.
This is wrong, the law does not state “up to $10,000” – it states very clearly that the grant is for not more than $10,000. See page 27 of the CAREs Act here – https://www.congress.gov/116/bills/hr748/BILLS-116hr748enr.pdf
Hello I own a upholstery shop in Phx Az. I phone is blowing up. People are calling wanting face masks. I can make them. But with no capital, I won’t be able to pay my employees and materials and keep the doors open. Would qualify for a grant? and if so how much?
Craig if your business was in business by January 31, 2020 you can apply. It’s not designed to finance a new business but to cover working capital the business could have paid if the disaster had not occurred.
I take issue with the recent-ness of this article. They’re not even releasing the grant Advance to this date and we’re going on day 5 since the application for it was issued. I think this should be clarified more than the amount discrepancy.
I have 4 employees and I pay them with business checks for hours worked and do not use any payroll service or make any deductions from their checks. I issue them 1099 at the end of the year and they file and pay their taxes. Do I qualify to apply for the paycheck protection Loan?
If they are 1099 contractors and you do not withhold payroll taxes they are not considered employees. Contractors apply on their own for PPP so you do not include them in your payroll calculations.
Was one of the first few thousand to apply early Sunday afternoon, and despite the “within 3 days” language of getting the EIDL grant, have received nothing 6 days later. Word on the street is the SBA is altering the bill to be significantly different than it reads. Now they say it is going to take weeks to get the grant and even longer to get the EIDL loan.
Many have spoken to Senators offices and each and every one of them is disgusted that the SBA is rejecting the spirit and letter of the law they passed.
This is really a nicely written article and precise to the point and easy to understand.
I never took an SBA loan before so I do not understand many details of the SBA program. However, I find this disaster loan program quite beneficial for the business. Do you know how they determine the total loan amount? Its certain percentage of revenue, cost of goods sold, payroll, fixed payments etc?
I appreciate your good work.
That’s a great question Raj. These loans have traditionally been to help small businesses who suffered a physical disaster (hurricane, flood etc.) and I don’t have a COVID-specific answer or formula for you. Overall these loans aren’t designed to replace lost sales or profits, but are intended to help the business meet payroll, fixed debts, accounts payable, and other expenses that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred. They are going to compare information from the prior year to this year to determine the economic injury. I wish I could be more specific!
I am in partnership with one other person in a small business. How do you file for this if in a partnership?
The partnership should apply.
Has anyone received the 10,000 grant or been approved for the EIDL?
Or, has anyone heard anything substantive?
I’ve received nothing and I was early. From what I’m hearing from many, nobody has received a penny yet, despite the “within 3 days” language. Many have spoken to Senator’s offices and they’re all disgusted that the SBA has simply refused to follow the plain language and spirit of urgency of the bill. 🙁
I’m wondering the same I applied on Friday and its now Wednesday and I have still not heard a thing. …
Approvals are taking longer than expected. You can check your status by calling the SBA Disaster Loan Assistance hotline: 1-800-659-2955
I do receive 6k 3 days ago. I apply on 4/03 It takes longer than its say because too many applications.
Do you know if sole proprietors who have no employees will qualify?
Lisa – yes, sole proprietors may apply. Did you see our article: FAQs About Applying for SBA Disaster Loans Due to Coronavirus ? It might answer additional questions for you.
What decides if you get the full $10,000 or a lessor amount?
It’s now $1000 per employee per the SBA.
How much employee you put on your form. I have seen people cheating the system by putting 11 employees to get the max benefits. Actually, I have seen 5 instances so far.There was no check or validation from the SBA. This is really making me angry.
I would not advise falsifying the loan application. Doing so could result in federal prosecution in addition to prohibiting the borrower from any future SBA loan. When you fill out the loan application, make sure it is accurate. Don’t inflate your employee numbers to get the maximum benefits.
What can I spend my SBA on
Shatonana – I assume you mean an EIDL loan or grant? You’ll find more information in this article: 5 Ways You Can and Can’t Use Your EIDL Loan
Do you know what the loan officer will be looking at in order to approve a EIDL Grant? Is it the net gross, profit, or number of employees?
Just wondering if we got a chance at getting it as a sole-proprietor with no employees.
The SBA later clarified it would be based on number of employees.
Can you apply for both the EIDL and PPP and then decide which one to use if you are approved for both?
Yes you can.
applied for this 2 days ago, when can I expect a status update or some form of communication?
For the application purposes of the EIDL what is the difference between
self-employed vs Sole Proprietorship?
Sole Proprietorship is a specific legal entity. You could still consider yourself as self employed if your business was an LLC, for example. An LLC is not a sole proprietorship. If you are not an LLC and you pay your business taxes when you file your personal taxes, you would be considered a sole propritorship.
so what you’re saying is I am a sole owner I’m a very small wholesale business oh, I pay my taxes every year and whatever money I make off the business it stays in the bank to pay for bills and also more product. So what you’re saying is I can get a loan
I am a landlord and my tenant cannot pay rent can the 10,000 be used to replace the rent ?
Roy – this article details how you can use EIDL funds: FAQs about applying for EIDL
I think a point of clarification should be made regarding LLC‘s… Single-member LLCs are filed on personal tax returns whereas partnership LLC‘s
file the partnership K-1 with their taxes.
_If I just bought a company and owe from buying the company $900,000 employ 25 people for over 30 years having temporary business issues but haven’t laid anybody off and give full BC/BS medical & dental to employees can I get a loan and how much would the payment be hopefully over long term? Also who can help me apply for the programs for the Covid-19 relief and how many grants are available? Please help, the previous owner’s husband died and she was offered $500,000 more from someone else but she sold to me with the prevision that I keep her employees. She refused to sell to the people who offered $500,000 more because they were going to replace her employees that worked for her husband for 30 years. She is disabled, has high medical bills and will have NOTHING (her husband split profits with employees and she is broke from her dying husband and dying son) and this is her inheritance. We are in industrial manufacturing. We will be busy soon…we manufacture large vacuum pumps and parts for the water works & paper mills but other businesses too. Right now the customers are just patching the parts and not sending parts for repair because they make paper mask, toilet paper, etc. What programs do we qualify for. How much would long term payments be in addition to the grants.
Caren – I suggest you get help understanding and applying from this program from your local SBDC or SCORE chapter. Their services are free.
I’m not fully understanding whether the money needs to be repaid. One instance says no, the other says there is an interest rate.
1) EIDL loan, submit an application to the SBA, and you will receive a $10,000 advance within three business days—that does not need to be repaid.
2) The disaster loans come with low fixed interest rates of 3.75% or 2.75% for non-profits
The SBA later determined the grant would be $1000 per employee. The grant is not taxable and does not have to be repaid. The loan however must be repaid. It’s confusing because you apply for the loan then check a box saying you also want to be considered for the grant. You may get one or both (or neither).
I am interested in the Grant of $10,000 for my business. I am an insurance agent meeting many clients face to face.
Due to this special situation, I can not meet any clients it will cost me a lot of damage.
Please guide me through to how to apply to this Grant money program.
Thank you so much.
So, are we to understand that the application for the EIDL Grant is the same application that we fill out for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan? In other words, I would apply for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and that automatically signs me up for the EIDL Grant? There are not 2 separate applications?
It’s the same application.
Great article Ty. So I am an S Corp with one other parter. We’re the only employees and are collecting unemployment now. If I get the $10K, is there a certain time I need to use it for payroll? Can I stay on unemployment for a little while, then open back up and run payroll for a month or so with the $10K?
Unlike PPP, EIDL grants do not have to be used within a certain period of time. It’s designed to help the business recover from the disaster.
My small business (co-owned with several non-related investors) is in severe financial distress. The application form requires all owners to provide a net worth statement. My personal family assets are in the millions. Am I expected to transfer personal assets into this business or am I immediately disqualified for the $10,000 grant because of my high net worth totally separate from our business?
I have a small plumbing business. I am the owner and use sub-contract labor so I have no other employees besides myself. Would I qualify for this loan and does the money have to be paid back? I am hearing and reading different stories and trying to understand it all.
The EIDL loan must be repaid. The grant does not have to be repaid.
Thanks for the feedback. Best article out with explanations to the process!
The article says that the grant is “up to 10,000” … what determines if you get the full $10,000? If a business grosses over 1 million do you get approved for less? Or, if you gross less than a million do you get approved for the full $10,000? Just wondering how that’s determined.
The CARES Act said up to $10,000. The SBA decided to administer it as $1000 per employee.
What costs qualified for the $10,000 Grant? Do credit cards count? If I am a sole proprietor how do I pay for my payroll with the $10k how do I prove that?
The SBA decided that the grant would be $1000 per employee up to $10000.
Thank you for the article, very informative! do you know how they calculate how much money you can get approved for?
They use an internal formula to determine economic injury. It wasn’t clear enough to write about. Here are the Disaster Loan Standard Operating Procedures if you want to try to delve into it.