Federal Relief Bill - December 2020

Federal Relief Bill - December 2020
Posted on 12/28/2020
COVID-19 Business News

Congress Approves Federal Relief Bill

$900 Billion Pandemic Relief Package includes support for Small Businesses

On Dec. 21, both houses of Congress passed the Coronavirus Response And Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, ending a months-long stalemate in Congressional response to the pandemic. The president signed the bill on Dec. 27, 2020.

The package passed yesterday will offer a lifeline to businesses through the winter. Specific highlights of importance to small businesses include:

  • Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, which includes $285 billion to extend the Paycheck Protection Program and offer additional targeted relief to certain businesses, including:
  • Eligibility for PPP loans for 501(c)6 organizations and Destination Marketing Organizations.

  • Second draws of PPP loans for small businesses and non-profits demonstrating a 25% reduction in revenue to a comparable quarter in 2019.

  • Streamlined forgiveness for loans under $150,000.
    Expanded eligibility of COVID-19-specific expenses for forgiveness, including outdoor seating, drive-thru windows, and PPE

  • Dedicated $15 billion for grants to live music and entertainment venues.

  • The establishment of the Emergency Capital Investment Fund, which provides $12 billion to Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs) to provide investments in low to moderate income and minority communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

The full package may have many other provisions relevant to you, your families, and your communities, including direct payments to Americans and the continuation of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.

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