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SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus

By March 19, 2020 No Comments

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration.

    • Any such Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance declaration issued by the SBA makes loans available statewide to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). This will apply to current and future disaster assistance declarations related to Coronavirus.
    • SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance will coordinate with the state’s or territory’s Governor to submit the request for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance.
    • Once a declaration is made, the information on the application process for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance will be made available to affected small businesses within the state.
  • SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
  • These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.
  • SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.
  • SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans are just one piece of the expanded focus of the federal government’s coordinated response, and the SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible.
  • For questions, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail  disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Areas eligible for SBA disaster loans

State of California # 16332

State of Connecticut # 16335

Contiguous Counties:

MASSACHUSETTS
Berkshire, Hampden, Worcester.

NEW YORK
Dutchess, Putnam, Westchester.

District of Columbia

Contiguous Counties:

MARYLAND
Montgomery, Prince Georges.

VIRGINIA
Alexandria City, Arlington, Fairfax.

State of Maine # 16334

Contiguous Counties:

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Carroll, Rockingham, Strafford.

State of Montana

Contiguous Counties:

IDAHO
Clearwater, Fremont, Idaho.

NORTH DAKOTA
Divide, Williams.

WYOMING
Park, Teton.

State of Nevada # 16341

Contiguous Counties:

ARIZONA
Mohave.

IDAHO
Cassia, Owyhee, Twin Falls.

OREGON
Harney, Lake.

State of New Mexico

Contiguous Counties:

ARIZONA
Apache, Greenlee.

COLORADO
Archuleta, Costilla, La Plata, Las Animas, Montezuma.

TEXAS
Andrews, Cochran, Deaf Smith, El Paso, Gaines, Hartley, Loving, Oldham, Winkler, Yoakum.

State of Rhode Island

Contiguous Counties:

CONNECTICUT
New London, Windham.

MASSACHUSETTS
Bristol, Norfolk, Worcester.

State of Utah # 16338

Contiguous Counties:

ARIZONA
Apache, Coconino, Mohave, Navajo.

COLORADO
Dolores, Mesa, Montezuma, Montrose, San Miguel.

WYOMING
Sweetwater, Uinta.

Washington State # 16333

Contiguous Counties:

IDAHO
Benewah, Latah, Nez Perce.

OREGON
Gilliam, Hood River, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Wasco.

Apply for a loan with SBA

Applicants are encouraged to apply online for a disaster loan. If you do not have access to a computer or smartphone, please call us at 1‐800‐659‐2955 for assistance.

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