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Paycheck Protection Program


Paycheck Protection Program

How Do I Apply?

To get a loan under the Paycheck Protection Program, you’ll need to talk to a local lender. Each state plan has its own application process, described below.


Arizona has passed a $50 million bill for coronavirus relief, but leaves much of the details in the hands of Gov. Doug Ducey. For this reason, more details aren’t available at this time in terms of how exactly it will help small businesses or what businesses will need to do to get funds. The bill does specify that businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 50 employees will receive relief.


Gov. Asa Hutchinson has announced that the state will use $12 million from Community Development Block Grants and $4 million from the state’s Quick Action Closing Fund to help small businesses struggling during the outbreak.


A number of programs are available in California, one of the states most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

San Francisco has a Small Business Resiliency Fund for businesses that have between one and 25 employees, have less than $2.5 million in gross receipts and can demonstrate a loss of revenue of 25% or more. To apply for this program

Los Angeles is offering microloans to small businesses of between $5,000 and $20,000. The term goes between six months and five years. The rate is 0% for a term of between six months and one year and between 3% and 5% for loans with a term of between one year and five years. Up to $11 million in these loans will be available.


Denver, the largest city in Colorado, is offering businesses up to $7,500 if they are in an industry that is particularly impacted by the crisis. There still aren’t many details on how this program will work, but interested businesses can fill out a form


Gov. John Carney announced that restaurants, bars, hotels and other hospitality businesses will be eligible for the Hospitality Emergency Loan Program (HELP), offering no-interest loans at up to $10,000 per business per month. The loans have a 10-year term and have payments deferred for nine months. To be eligible, a business must have been operating for at least a year, have annual revenue below $1.5 million and be in a hospitality-connected industry. You can email [email protected] to see if you qualify or call 302-739-4271 with more questions.



Gov. Ron DeSantis activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program, giving short-term interest free loans to small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Up to $50 million has been allocated for the program, Each loan is for one year and can for up to $50,000. Apply for the program online


Georgia has delayed registration and registration fees for all corporations.


Chicago, Illinois’ largest city, is working with the Catalyst Fund and private sponsors to offer the Chicago Small Business Resiliency Loan Fund. It will provide more than $100 million in low-interest loans to businesses severely impacted by the crisis, focusing on historically under-resourced communities. Up to $50,000 will be available to a single business. The program launches March 31, but interested businesses can fill out an interest form



Iowa has launched the Iowa Small Business Relief Program, giving assistance to businesses impacted by COVID-19. The program offers grants of between $5,000 and $25,000 which can be used to help maintain operations or reopen following the pandemic. Funds cannot be used to pay debts incurred before March 17, 2020. The application deadline is March 31, and the application is available



Kansas allocated $5 million for the Hospitality Industry Relief Emergency (HIRE) fund to provide bridge loans to businesses in the hospitality industry. The loans are for up to $20,000 at a 0% rate over a period of 36 months. Kansas has allocated all of the initial funds but is still asking businesses to fill out the form

 to continue to collect information about businesses that need help.


Penalties for paying certain taxes late have been waived for businesses impacted by the pandemic, such as restaurants.


There are two programs available in Maryland:



The Michigan Small Business Relief Program will be offering grants of up to $10,000 and loans of between $50,000 and $200,000 with interest rates of 0.25%. A total of $10 million loans and $10 million in grants will be available. Loans are for companies with 100 employees or less while grants are only for companies with 50 employees or less. Funding will be available around April 1. Application details aren’t available yet but will be posted


Minnesota has created the Small Business Emergency Loan Program, making available $30 million for loans to small businesses. The loans will be for between $2,500 and $35,000. Each will be 50% forgivable and offered at a 0% interest rate. The application is not yet live but those with questions can email [email protected]

New Mexico

There is no specific COVID-19 small business assistance in New Mexico, but the state is adjusting its business-loan guarantee programs to make capital more readily available for business owners who are impacted by the crisis.

New York

The following programs are available in New York:

  • New York City Employee Retention Grant Program. This is for businesses within the five boroughs of New York City with between one and four employees who can demonstrate that COVID-19 has caused at least a 25% drop in revenue. Businesses must have been in operation for at least 6 months. Businesses can get a grant covering up to 40% of their payroll, capped at $27,000.
  • New York City Small Business Continuity Loan Fund. This program is for businesses located in New York City with fewer than 100 employees who have lost at least 25% of revenue because of the pandemic. The program offers zero interest loans for up to $75,000. Fill out the pre-application


North Carolina

The governor of North Carolina has directed his administration to declare a statewide Economic Injury Declaration with the SBA so small business owners can get disaster assistance loans.


The governor of Texas has directed his administration to declare a statewide Economic Injury Declaration with the SBA so small business owners can get disaster assistance loans.



The following programs are available in Oregon:

  • The town of Beaverton — a suburb of Portland — has formed an Emergency Business Assistance Program. The program is for businesses with a Beaverton business license who have seen their business impacted by mandatory state guidelines. For now, that means restaurants. The program reimburses up for $2,500 a month for those businesses with 50 employees or less who can verify they are seeing an economic loss due to COVID-19.