CARES Act: Emergency EIDL Grants

By: Timothy Lynn

Under Section 1110 of the CARES Act, Congress authorized certain advances in the amount of $10,000 to small businesses to assist with the impacts of COVID-19. These $10,000 payments are more in the nature of a grant and are not expected to be repaid by the recipient.

Eligible Entities:

• Businesses with not more than 500 employees
• Sole proprietorships, with or without employees or independent contractors
• Cooperatives with not more than 500 employees
• ESOPs with not more than 500 employees
• Tribal concern or business with not more than 500 employees


The payment is a $10,000 advance on a 7(b)(2) loan – disaster relief loans for small businesses under Section 7(b)(2) of the Small Business Act.

The $10,000 advance does not need to be repaid even if the business is turned down for the 7(b)(2) loan.

Use of Funds:

The funds may be used for any purpose allowable under Section 7(b)(2) including:

• Providing sick leave to employees unable to work due to the direct effect of COVID-19
• Maintaining payroll during business interruption or substantial slowdowns
• Meeting increased costs to obtain materials unavailable due to interrupted supply chains
• Making rent or mortgage payments
• Repaying obligations that cannot be met due to revenue losses

Impact on Payroll Protection Program Loan:

The amount of the $10,000 advance is subtracted from the forgiveness available under a 7(a) loan made under the Payroll Protection Program.

Applications are submitted directly to SBA at SBA Emergency EIDL Grant

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