COVID-19 Financial Resources

Financial Resources Related to COVID-19 

  • Business Oregon Small Business Navigator and Hotline – this is the best resource for Oregon businesses that need answers quickly. If you can’t find information on their website, call their hotline for assistance.
  • Lane County and Community Lending Works (CLW), in partnership with the Cities of Coburg, Cottage Grove, Creswell, Eugene, Florence, Lowell, Springfield, and Veneta, have been awarded $225,000 from Business Oregon to be provided as grants to eligible businesses. The Cities of Lowell, Cottage Grove, Creswell, Florence, and Veneta have contributed approximately $60,000 in addition, making almost $285,000 available. These grants will range from $2,500 to $25,000, based on a formula from the State that accounts for employment size and COVID related impacts.
    • To be considered for funding, eligible businesses must go to https://communitylendingworks.org/emergency-grants/ and submit the pre-registration form. Pre-registration will close at midnight on July 13th. Eligible businesses who pre-registered will be entered into a random lottery and selected until funding runs out. CLW will then work with the selected businesses to complete the full application.
  • Central Oregon Covid-19 Emergency Grants
  • Washington County Business Recovery Centers 

 

Economic Injury Disaster Loan

For businesses whose banks have not participated in the SBA programs, there are a few non-bank funders doing Payroll Protection loans:

SBA FAQ

We are now getting the calls regarding the payback of PPP and clients wanting to ensure they are “doing” things correctly for the forgiveness piece of PPP.  Bookkeepers are referring the clients to ask the bank.  Our commercial and SBA gurus are going to get slammed even more than they are now, 3 calls already this morning. Here are excerpts from the SBA Paycheck Protection Program 13 CFR Part 120 that should answer your question, both from a borrower’s and from a lender’s perspective. Also see my comments at the bottom:

  • What certifications need to be made?

On the Paycheck Protection Program application, an authorized representative of the applicant must certify in good faith to all of the below:

  1. The applicant was in operation on February 15, 2020 and had employees for whom it paid salaries and payroll taxes or paid independent contractors, as reported on a Form 1099-MISC.
  2. Current economic uncertainty makes this loan request necessary to support the ongoing operations of the applicant.

iii. The funds will be used to retain workers and maintain payroll or make mortgage interest payments, lease payments, and utility payments; I understand that if the funds are knowingly used for unauthorized purposes, the federal government may hold me legally liable such as for charges of fraud. As explained above, not more than 25 percent of loan proceeds may be used for non-payroll costs.

  1. Documentation verifying the number of full-time equivalent employees on payroll as well as the dollar amounts of payroll costs, covered mortgage interest payments, covered rent payments, and covered utilities for the eight week period following this loan will be provided to the lender.
  2. Loan forgiveness will be provided for the sum of documented payroll costs, covered mortgage interest payments, covered rent payments, and covered utilities. As explained above, not more than 25 percent of the forgiven amount may be for non-payroll costs.
  3. During the period beginning on February 15, 2020 and ending on December 31, 2020, the applicant has not and will not receive another loan under this program.

vii. I further certify that the information provided in this application and the information provided in all supporting documents and forms is true and accurate in all material respects…

viii. I acknowledge that the lender will confirm the eligible loan amount using tax documents I have submitted. I affirm that these tax documents are identical to those submitted to the Internal Revenue Service. I also understand, acknowledge, and agree that the Lender can share the tax information with SBA’s authorized representatives, including authorized representatives of the SBA Office of Inspector General, for the purpose of compliance with SBA Loan Program Requirements and all SBA reviews.

  • What do lenders have to do in terms of loan underwriting?

Each lender shall:

  1. Confirm receipt of borrower certifications contained in Paycheck Protection Program Application form issued by the Administration;
  2. Confirm receipt of information demonstrating that a borrower had employees for whom the borrower paid salaries and payroll taxes on or around February 15, 2020;

iii. Confirm the dollar amount of average monthly payroll costs for the preceding calendar year by reviewing the payroll documentation submitted with the borrower’s application; and

  • Follow applicable BSA requirements…..

Each lender’s underwriting obligation under the PPP is limited to the items above and reviewing the “Paycheck Protection Application Form.” Borrowers must submit such documentation as is necessary to establish eligibility such as payroll processor records, payroll tax filings, or Form 1099-MISC, or income and expenses from a sole proprietorship. For borrowers that do not have any such documentation, the borrower must provide other supporting documentation, such as bank records, sufficient to demonstrate the qualifying payroll amount.

  • Can lenders rely on borrower documentation for loan forgiveness?

Yes. The lender does not need to conduct any verification if the borrower submits documentation supporting its request for loan forgiveness and attests that it has accurately verified the payments for eligible costs. The Administrator will hold harmless any lender that relies on such borrower documents and attestation from a borrower. The Administrator, in consultation with the Secretary, has determined that lender reliance on a borrower’s required documents and attestation is necessary and appropriate in light of section 1106(h) of the Act, which prohibits the Administrator from taking an enforcement action or imposing penalties if the lender has received a borrower attestation.

Two recommendations that I have been suggesting business owner’s think about doing is to: 1. Set up a separate account to administer the funds out of, and then use those funds only for the eligible purposes during the eight weeks from when they get the funds (eligible payroll, mortgage interest, rent and utilities); 2. Keep accurate and meticulous records of the expenses paid with those funds. These records will be what the business owner will need to provide to the bank to get their loan forgiven. Any amount left over in the account may be part of the unforgiven part of the loan. They then can either keep it as cash and pay it back over two years at 1%, or just use it to pay off the balance of the loan. One note is that payroll must be at least 75% of the costs, meaning mortgage interest, rent and utilities can make up no more than 25% of the loan forgiveness amount. The main thing is to keep accurate records.

Please let me know if this helps.

Please check with a professional advisor, such as your CPA or tax attorney.

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