UPDATE: Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)
On June 15, SBA resumed accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) applications from all eligible small businesses, private non-profits and U.S. agricultural businesses.
If you have already applied via the streamlined application, please do not resubmit your application.
The Small Business Administration’s (SBA’s) Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is part of the nation’s response to the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).
These economic injury loans are intended to help eligible small businesses with expenses such as
accounts payable and
other eligible bills.
Interest rates vary between 2.75 percent and 3.75 percent.
Terms are based on the borrower’s ability to repay but may be up to a maximum of 30 years.
Eligibility determination is the same as for SBA’s Payroll Protection Program loans.
Note: Beginning July 11, 2020, SBA no longer offers advances on Economic Injury Disaster Loans. Until July 10, 2020, eligible small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and territories were able to request an advance of up to $10,000.
The current maximum loan amount is $150,000 per entity or a maximum amount of $2 million for all affiliated businesses. Loan disbursements and advances are made through the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s automated clearing house system as deposits from SBA.
What to Do if You Must Return Funds to SBA
Lenders who have questions about eligibility or need to return money should contact SBA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What to Do if You Suspect Fraud
Warning signs of fraud include:
Using stolen identities to qualify for funds
Applications from ineligible persons (nonbusiness entities, suspended or debarred individuals, etc.)
Fake businesses established specifically to apply for SBA assistance
Borrowers working with third parties to obtain Economic Injury Disaster Loan funds in exchange for keeping a percentage of the funds
Borrowers using economic injury loan money to start businesses
Misuse of loan funds
Reporting inflated business and financial information, etc.
Borrowers declining loans after advance funds have been deposited
Lenders who suspect attempted fraud should contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline at 1-866-720-5721 or fill out the Web Complaint Form at https://www.justice.gov/disaster-fraud/ncdf-disaster-complaint-form.
Lenders may also report fraud, waste, abuse, or mismanagement of federal funds involving SBA programs, operations, or personnel to the SBA OIG Hotline at (800) 767-0385. You can also submit a complaint form at https://www.sba.gov/about-sba/oversight-advocacy/office-inspector-general/office-inspector-general-hotline#section-header-0