Resources for Maine Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

Federal Resources for Small Businesses

Overview of the federal loan and grant programs for Small Businesses included in the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act.

 

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Chart comparing PPP, SVOG, EIDL & RRF

Compare eligibility requirements and information for the different programs. Also available at the bottom of this page where it can be translated.

 

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Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

The PPP application deadline has been extended to May 31, 2021.

Guidance has been updated so that entities that apply for a PPP loan on or after December 27, 2020 can still apply for a Shuttered Venue Operators Grant. An eligible entity's SVOG will simply be reduced by the amount of the PPP loan.

More information can be found at the links below:

 

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG)

The SVOG application portal reopens on April 26, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. ET. Access the application portal here.

Certain entities may need to submit copies of state or local COVID-19 occupancy restrictions demonstrating limits on occupancy as part of their SVOG applications.

The PDF below contains the Governor's Executive Orders impacting occupancy and gathering limits, as well as a letter of support from DECD Commissioner Heather Johnson. Maine businesses and organizations are welcome to submit this PDF as part of their SVOG applications as needed.

More information can be found at the links below:

 

Supporting local partners and other resources

Maine SBA – Click the “Get Email Updates” button to receive the most up-to-date information about SBA’s small business resources. www.sba.gov/offices/district/me/augusta

Maine SBDC – Business advisors located throughout the state provide free, confidential advice. You can request advising on the website. www.mainesbdc.org

SCORE – A free, volunteer-led service, SCORE has both general business mentors and subject area experts at chapters around the state. www.scoremaine.org

CEI Maine – Request a business advisor through their website. www.ceimaine.org/advising

Women’s Business Center – Access events and programs specific to women business owners. www.ceimaine.org/advising/business-counseling-development/womens-business-center

U.S. SBA Contact Information:

Phone: 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339)
Email: disastercustomerservice@sba.gov
Email: SVOGrant@sba.gov (for Shuttered Venue Operators Grant-specific questions)
Website: www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options

 

To access a full list of of COVID-19 resources for Maine businesses, including grants, loans, and other informational content visit the Maine Resource Compass Covid Page.

Maine Resource Compass

 

 

First Draw PPP Loan

Second Draw PPP Loan

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

COVID-19 EIDL Loan

Restaurant Revitalization Fund

Are Applications Open?

Yes. Apply through a participating lender.

Yes. Apply through a participating lender.

Yes. Access the application portal here.

Yes. Apply online here.

Soon. Applications will open on May 3, 2021.

Refer to the Sample Application Form and the “How to Apply” section on the SBA’s website to get ready to apply.

Application Deadline

Updated: May 31, 2021

Updated: May 31, 2021

Not announced

December 31, 2021

Not announced

Are Funds Forgivable?

Maybe. Full loan amount may qualify for forgiveness if certain standards are met.

Maybe. Full loan amount may qualify for forgiveness if certain standards are met.

Yes. Grants are forgivable and do not need to be repaid if used for eligible purposes.

No. Loans are not forgivable and must be repaid.

Yes. Grants are forgivable and do not need to be repaid if used for eligible purposes.

Loan/Grant Details

  • Maximum loan: $10 million
  • Interest rate of 1%
  • 5-year maturity
  • No collateral required
  • Maximum loan: $2 million
  • Interest rate of 1%
  • 5-year maturity
  • No collateral required
  • Maximum grant: $10 million
  • Maximum loan: $2 million or 6 months of working capital
  • 3.75% interest rate for small businesses
  • 2.75% interest rate for non-profits
  • 30-year maturity
  • Collateral required on loans over $25,000
  • Maximum grant: $10 million, no more than $5 million per physical location

Loan/Grant Calculation

For most borrowers:

Maximum loan size of 2.5X average monthly 2019 or 2020 payroll costs (up to $10 million)

For small businesses in industry NAICS code 72:

Maximum loan size of 3.5X average monthly 2019 or 2020 payroll costs (up to $10 million)

For most borrowers:

Maximum loan size of 2.5X average monthly 2019 or 2020 payroll costs (up to $2 million)

For small businesses in industry NAICS code 72:

Maximum loan size of 3.5X average monthly 2019 or 2020 payroll costs (up to $2 million)

If you were in operation on January 1, 2019:

Maximum award will equal 45% of your 2019 gross earned revenue (up to $10 million)

If you began operation after January 1, 2019:

Maximum award will equal the average monthly gross revenue for each full month you were in operation during 2019 multiplied by 6 (up to $10 million)

Calculation method not published. SBA uses the information you provide in your application to determine the loan amount.

If you were in operation on January 1, 2019:

Award will equal 2019 gross receipts minus 2020 gross receipts minus PPP loan amounts (up to $10 million)

If you began operations partially through 2019:

Award will equal (average 2019 monthly gross receipts x 12) minus 2020 gross receipts minus PPP loan amounts (up to $10 million)

If you began operations between January 1, 2020 and March 10, 2021 or are not yet opened but have incurred eligible expenses:

Award will equal the amount spent on eligible expenses between February 15, 2020 and March 11, 2021 minus 2020 gross receipts minus 2021 gross receipts (through March 11, 2021) minus PPP loan amounts (up to $10 million)

Eligibility Overview

Eligible organizations include:

  • A small business, as defined by the SBA, with 500 or fewer employees (or that meets a specified SBA industry size standard)
  • Sole proprietors, the self-employed, and independent contractors
  • Certain nonprofits, housing cooperatives, and news organizations also qualify

Must have been in operation as of February 15, 2020

 

Those who received a First Draw PPP loan, who have not permanently closed may be eligible if the organization has:

  • Used or will use the full amount of their original PPP Loan on or before the expected date of the second draw
  • Used or will use the full amount of original PPP Loan on eligible expenses
  • 300 or fewer employees
  • Experienced a 25% or greater revenue reduction, comparing quarterly gross receipts for one quarter in 2020 to the corresponding quarter of 2019.

Eligible entities include:

  • Live venue operators or promoters
  • Theatrical producers
  • Live performing arts organization operators
  • Relevant museum operators, zoos and aquariums who meet specific criteria
  • Motion picture theater operators
  • Talent representatives, and
  • Each business entity owned by an eligible entity that also meets the eligibility requirements

Must have been in operation as of February 29, 2020

Small businesses (in most industries, meaning 500 employees or less) impacted by COVID-19 may be eligible, including:

  • Maine small businesses directly affected by the disaster, such as retailers, restaurants, manufacturers, etc.
  • Private non-profits
  • Small agriculture cooperatives are eligible, but agricultural enterprises are not
  • Small aquaculture businesses

Eligible entities include:

  • Restaurants
  • Food stands, food trucks, food carts
  • Caterers
  • Bars, saloons, lounges, taverns
  • Snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars
  • Bakeries
  • Brewpubs, tasting rooms, taprooms
  • Breweries and/or microbreweries
  • Wineries and distilleries
  • Inns
  • Licensed facilities/premises of a beverage alcohol producer where the public may taste, sample, or purchase products

How Can Funds be Used?

At least 60% of funds must be used for payroll costs in order to qualify for forgiveness. The remaining 40% of funds can be spent on allowable expenses, such as rent, interest on a mortgage, utility payments, etc. (list is not exhaustive).

At least 60% of funds must be used for payroll costs in order to qualify for forgiveness. The remaining 40% of funds can be spent on allowable expenses, such as rent, interest on a mortgage, utility payments, etc. (list is not exhaustive).

Funds may be used for specific expenses, such as payroll costs, rent payments, utility payments, etc. (list is not exhaustive). Allows for a broader use of funds than PPP loans.

Funds are for working capital, which includes fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that can’t be paid due to the disaster’s impact. It does not cover lost sales.

Funds may be used for specific expenses, such as payroll costs, rent payments, utility payments, etc. (list is not exhaustive).

Does Receipt of the Loan/Grant Impact Eligibility for Other Programs?

Update: If you apply for a PPP loan after December 27, 2020, you can still apply for a Shuttered Venue Operators Grant. An eligible entity's SVOG will simply be reduced by the PPP loan amount.

Update: If you apply for a PPP loan after December 27, 2020, you can still apply for a Shuttered Venue Operators Grant. An eligible entity's SVOG will simply be reduced by the PPP loan amount.

Update: If you apply for a PPP loan after December 27, 2020, you can still apply for a Shuttered Venue Operators Grant. An eligible entity's SVOG will simply be reduced by the PPP loan amount. You cannot apply for a PPP loan after receipt of an SVOG.

Entities that have a pending application for or received an SVOG are not eligible to apply for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.

No. Receipt of a COVID-19 EIDL loan does not impact eligibility for a PPP loan or for a Shuttered Venue Operators Grant.

Entities that have a pending application for or received a Shuttered Venue Operators Grant are not eligible to apply for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.

PPP loans received by the RRF applicant will affect the applicant’s funding calculation.

Where Can I Find Additional Information?

U.S. SBA:

First Draw PPP Loans

Maine SBDC:

Round 2 of the Paycheck Protection Program

SBA Email: disastercustomerservice@sba.gov

U.S. SBA:

Second Draw PPP Loans

Maine SBDC:

Round 2 of the Paycheck Protection Program

SBA Email: disastercustomerservice@sba.gov

U.S. SBA:

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

SBA Email:

SVOGrant@sba.gov

U.S. SBA:

COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans

Maine SBDC:

What You Need to Know About SBA’s EIDL Loan

SBA Email: disastercustomerservice@sba.gov

U.S. SBA:

Restaurant Revitalization Fund

Maine SBDC:

Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF)

SBA Email: disastercustomerservice@sba.gov