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Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Update on PPP loans: The U.S. Small Business Administration still has money in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans for borrowers. The PPP loans are 100% guaranteed by SBA and the full principal amount of the loan may qualify for loan forgiveness. All businesses – including nonprofits, veterans organizations tribal business concerns, sole proprietorships, self-employed individuals, and independent contractors with 500 or fewer employees can apply. Businesses should check with their local banks and credit unions, and SBA Lenders that are participating. Find more information below:
CARES ACT PPP Borrower Information Fact Sheet From US Treasury Dept

SBA Loans as of May 3:

  • PPP Round 2 so far - 2.2 million+ loans totaling $175 billion+ - in 1 week
  • SBA did 1.66 million loans in ALL of PPP Round 1
  • Avg loan size for Round 2 is $79,000 versus Round 1 average of $206,000

KY- Loans Approved - 18,202
Approved Dollars - $1,096,947,956

Businesses can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program.

The SBA issued an updated Frequently Asked Questions regarding the PPP.

Review Procedure for Paycheck Protection Program Loans: U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin and U.S. Small Business Administrator Jovita Carranza issued the following statement yesterday on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): “The Paycheck Protection Program is providing critical support to millions of small businesses and tens of millions of hardworking Americans.

“We have noted the large number of companies that have appropriately reevaluated their need for PPP loans and promptly repaid loan funds in response to SBA guidance reminding all borrowers of an important certification required to obtain a PPP loan.  To further ensure PPP loans are limited to eligible borrowers, the SBA has decided, in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, that it will review all loans in excess of $2 million, in addition to other loans as appropriate, following the lender’s submission of the borrower’s loan forgiveness application.  Regulatory guidance implementing this procedure will be forthcoming.

“We remain fully committed to ensuring that America’s workers and small businesses get the resources they need to get through this challenging time.”

Monday, April 27: More Federal Funding Approved for Businesses - Paycheck Protection Program Reopens with New Federal Funding: The Small Business Administration has resumed accepting PPP loan applications as of this morning. The SBA will resume processing EIDL applications that are already in the queue on a first come, first-served basis. This is the latest information:

The PPP is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.

Businesses can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program.

Great News from the SBA: As of Monday, April 13, Kentucky has been approved for 17,216 loans through the Payment Protection Plan (PPP) for a total of $3,336,402,794. The SBA has produced a national report card, showing what states and what types of businesses have received the PPP loans to this point. Click here to view.

For more information on SBA, contact or call 1-502-276-7655.  Sharon is the Lender Relations Specialist/Economic Development Specialist, Western Kentucky Representative, Kentucky District Office, U.S. Small Business Administration.

UPDATED - Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) FAQ's from the U.S. Department of Treasury:

The SBA issued an updated Frequently Asked Questions regarding the PPP on April 28.

In addition to the FAQ document, the following resources provided by the Treasury Department and their webpage should provide additional information.

  • Here’s the overview of the program here.
  • If you’re a lender, more information can be found here.
  • If you’re a borrower, more information can be found here.
  • The application for borrowers can be found here.

Additional documents available from the Department of the Treasury

If you have questions, please contact Sharron Johnson, KY SBA Lender Relations Specialist, for West Kentucky or call 502-276-7655. The SBA staff is working diligently to research and answer all questions and phone calls.


SBA Economic Impact Disaster Loan (EIDL)



U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has shared the following about Disaster Relief Loans through SBA.

Very important links are at the bottom of this form that should be completed by any small business applying for an SBA Economic Impact Disaster Loan (EIDL).

Kentucky can now accept applications on Please see the links below for the forms that need to be filled out. Please reference this FACT SHEET as well.

For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail

Visit for more information and updates.

  • No cost to apply
  • You can apply, qualify, but then later decide you don't need  it.
  • Applications once received will take 3 to 4 weeks to process
  • 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 without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.
  • The first loan payment is deferred 12 months from date of promissory note
  • 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.
  • Loans under $25,000 do not require collateral / Loans over $25,000 will require collateral
  • Write on the application “This loan request is pursuant to the Corona Virus Disaster” or something very similar.
  • SBA is being flexible on underwriting however positive cash flow and evidence of repayment is still required.
  • There is no “credit elsewhere test” or denial letter required from banks
  • Application Guidance
  • Print or fill out documents before applying, helps with process
  • SAVE often when applying
  • Project what you need to keep business operational and write it on the application

**We just learned today of an issue regarding sole proprietor small businesses. Some business applicants are not checking the correct option when applying and consequently getting kicked off the Disaster Loan Application Portal. Please be aware that sole proprietors MUST select the Economic Injury (EIDL) Loan Option, shown in the screenshot below, in order to proceed with applying for the EIDLs for the COVID-19 disaster declaration. If they select the wrong option, they do not have to re-register but they will need to start the application again.


Economic Injury Disaster Loan FAQs


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Lenders have the authority to defer payments up to 6 months.

The borrowers financial information should be reviewed and analyzed in accordance with prudent servicing and lending practices to ensure that the borrower’s cash flow problems are temporary and that the borrower is otherwise viable prior to granting a deferment.

 The SBA has requirements for reporting loans that is in deferral.

 The loan must be reflected in the 1502 report with a status “4”. This advises the SBA that the principle or principle interest (P&I) payments have been deferred.

In addition to status “4”, the next installment due date, which is the date the borrower is scheduled to make its next payment, should be the date the borrower is to resume making payments. Status “4” should be entered every month the loan is in deferred status.

 You should document the loan files with justification that deferment is due to COVID-19 economic disruption.

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