SBA & Federal Relief Resources

Updated 11/03/2021 4:12 PM EST

Please Note: These are new programs being implemented in real time, and may change frequently. Please check back for updated information.

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Find your local SBA Field Office at: https://www.sba.gov/tools/local-assistance/districtoffices

Pandemic Response and Safety (PRS) Grant Program

The Pandemic Response and Safety (PRS) Grant Program provides grants to food processors, distributors, farmers markets, and producers to respond to coronavirus, including for measures to protect workers against novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID–19). This program is authorized and funded under section 751 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (Pub. L. No. 116—260). USDA developed the PRS Grant Program in response to extensive stakeholder feedback during listening sessions in March 2021, and written comments provided through March 30, 2021. Information from the listening sessions is available online at: www.ams.usda.gov/services/ams-covid-stimulus.

Important Dates:
Application Period Opens: October 6th, 2021
Application Period Closes: 11:59 PM Eastern Time on November 22, 2021

All applications submitted before the deadline will be considered for funding. Applications will not be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.

For most up-to-date information, visit: https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/prs

Questions? Contact Jenn Stein, Business Advisor/Food Systems Specialist


Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety (SPRS) Grant Program

The Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety (SPRS) Block Grant Program provides grants to eligible state agencies and territories to support seafood processors, including at-sea processing vessels, to respond to coronavirus, including for measures to protect workers against COVID-19.

State agencies within select coastal States and American Samoa are eligible to apply directly to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for grant funds.

Seafood processors interested in the SPRS should contact their state agency for more information.

Check back for updates as this program is implemented.


SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)

As of September 8, 2021, new COVID EIDL policy changes have taken effect that entail the below updates to the program:

  • Maximum loan cap increased from $500,000 to $2 million
  • Use of funds was expanded to include payment and pre-payment of business non-federal debt incurred at any time (past or future) and payment of federal debt
  • Extend the deferment period to 24 months from origination for all loans (existing loans with a less than 24-month deferment will be adjusted)
  • Affiliation requirements simplified to an affiliate is a business that you control or in which you have 50% of more ownership
  • Developed additional path to meet program size standards for businesses assigned a NAICS code beginning with 61, 71, 72, 213, 3121, 315, 448, 451, 481, 485, 487, 511, 512, 515, 532, or 812
  • Exclusivity Period: From September 8, 2021 to October 8, 2021, the above policy changes will be applicable to applications for <$500K while applications for >$500K will not be approved and therefore receive the policy changes until October 8, 2021
  • See more details on the COVID-19 September 8, 2021 Policy Changes.

EIDL Application & Overview

Small business owners (fewer than 500 employees or a sole proprietor and/or independent contractors), including agricultural businesses, and nonprofit organizations in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories can apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan. The EIDL program is designed to provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

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CROSS PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY

Can I apply for multiple programs?

Check out this guide to Cross-program eligibility on SBA COVID-19 relief options.


AVOIDING SCAMS/SPAM

Many small businesses continue to receive phishing emails from entities posing as the SBA, World Trade Finance Company, and others.  Remember that any email from the SBA will ONLY come from email accounts ending in @sba.gov.   If you suspect phishing or fraud you can:

  1. Confirm any SBA disaster assistance emails by contacting (800) 659-2955 or disastercustomerservice@sba.gov
  2. Visiting sba.gov/COVIDfraudalert
  3. Sending suspicious emails to Maine_DO@sba.gov for our State SBA office if it looks legit.

The CEI offices remain closed to the public, but we're hard at work! Reach out or click here for a list of COVID-19 Business Resources.
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