Guidance from SBDC Advisors
Are you feeling frustrated with the still-continuing changes to relief programs? The NH Small Business Development Center is here to help. Do not hesitate to contact a business advisor by visiting the NH SBDC website.
Here are a few updates we want to flag for you…
COVID Relief Updates
COVID-19 Expenses Relief Program
New! The State of New Hampshire's GOFERR has announced the COVID-19 Expenses Relief Program. It is a reimbursement program for COVID-19 related business expenses in 2020 and 2021. Awards will be calculated on a pro-rata basis, up to a set cap that will be determined after the close of the application period. Payments will be issued following the program deadline of October 1, 2021.
The program requires applicants to have a NH Vender ID. A Vendor ID is a number associated with a business/person receiving payments from the State of NH. You must apply for this number through the Department of Administrative Services. You can find information and the Vendor ID application here.
Learn more here about the Expenses Relief Program.
EIDL increases & additional purposes of funds
New! Economic Injury Disaster Loans are still available! The maximum for EIDL has been increased to $2,000,000 for both new applicants and businesses that applied under the earlier cap, who are eligible to have their loans increased.
Small businesses and non-profits impacted by COVID-19 can use these low-interest loans for any normal operating expenses and working capital, including payroll, purchasing equipment, and paying debt. In addition, EIDL funds may now also be used to prepay commercial debt and make payments on federal business debt.
To ease the COVID EIDL application process for small businesses, the SBA has established more simplified affiliation requirements to model those of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund: an affiliate is a business that you control or in which you have 50% or more ownership.
To ensure main street businesses have additional time to access these funds, the SBA will implement a 30-day exclusivity window from September 8, 2021 to October 8, 2021, and will exclusively approve and disburse funds only for loans of $500,000 or less. Approval and disbursement of loans over $500,000 will begin after the 30-day period.
There is no prepayment penalty for these 30-year terms, 3.75% interest rate (2.75% for non-profits) loans. Loans will have a 24-month repayment deferment.
Apply today - do not wait until the December 31st deadline! This is still a very viable source of funds, and SBA has increased capability to process loans and advances in a timely fashion to those that are eligible.
Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG)
New! The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) is not accepting new applications. However, if you have received an SVOG - or are still in the queue awaiting a decision - SBA is sending invitations for supplemental grants at 50% of the original award amount, capped at a total of $10 million (initial and supplemental combined).
PPP Forgiveness Portal
Your small business could be eligible to submit your PPP forgiveness application directly into the SBA’s portal to be reviewed by your lending institution.
Learn more about the process and steps you need to take to start the PPP loan forgiveness approval process. It could save you the back and forth between you and your loan officer, it allows you to find out instantly what additional information is needed, AND you get to see where your application is in the process.
Employee Retention Tax Credit
You can claim the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC). Many small businesses have been told that the company cannot claim both PPP and ERTC. This is no longer true.
If you qualify for both you can do both, just not on the identical dollar. This can be a tricky exercise and we are advising clients to revisit this with their accountant or in-house financial person.
The ERTC is worth up to $20,000 per qualifying employee in 2020 and up to $28,000 per qualifying employee in 2021. This is a clear example of how using an accountant will more than pay for itself!
Restaurant Revitalization Fund Grant (RRFG)
This fund was closed on July 2nd. In New Hampshire, there were 1,009 applicants requesting $242 million. Of that, there were 418 businesses approved for a total of $91 million. Congress allocated $28.6 billion in funds for grants to restaurants. However, nationally more than 3,000 operators whose grants were approved were later told that their funds were rescinded due to court rulings in lawsuits filed by those who claimed that the process was discriminatory. There is a proposal in Congress to add more money to the program.
Additional Funding Sources for Small Businesses
Good news - RDC partners have resources to deploy and are great partners to SBDC and small businesses.
Here is a list of the current financing through Regional Development Programs in New Hampshire:
- Wentworth Economic Development Corporation (WEDCO) has two grant programs available.
- Rural Microentrepeneur Assistance Program (RMAP) - enhanced business technical assistance for businesses in southern Carroll County and northern Strafford County. The grant is for up to $2,500 and requires a 15% cash match by the applicant. Check out this link for more information.
- CARES Direct Grant Program - This is a grant for businesses that qualify as low-to-moderate (LMI) enterprises and start-ups, with 5 or fewer employees, to offset costs associated with preparing for, responding to, or recovering from COVID-19. Qualifying businesses may receive up to $2,500 of indirect grant funding to be applied toward equipment costs, operational expenses, and working capital. Eligible expenses include business costs, such as rent, staffing, equipment purchases, utilities, and PPE. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Access the intake form and the application at these links.
Cheshire County Pandemic Emergency Relief Fund (PERF)
New! PERF utilizes ARPA Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to provide $1,000,000 in grant funding to Cheshire County small businesses and nonprofits that experienced negative economic impacts due to COVID-19. Grant award amounts will range between $1,000 and $20,000. The application period closes 9/24/21.
Final award amounts will be based on the information provided in the applications, pro-rata to the number of awardees. If the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available award amounts, Cheshire County will prioritize eligible applicants in the order that they applied.
Application link: https://www.co.cheshire.nh.us/new_and_alerts/8642/
Click on the appropriate link (small business or nonprofit). Fill out the fillable .pdf and email to firstname.lastname@example.org when completed. Paper copies of the application can be found at: Cheshire County Hall, 12 Court Street, Keene, NH 03431