SBA Paycheck Protection Program

As part of the Coronavirus relief package that Congress passed on March 27th, 2020, the Small Business Administration has implemented the Paycheck Protection Program to help eligible employers pay their workers and other costs during the pandemic. This loan can be forgiven if the borrower uses the proceeds for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, and utilities. No personal guarantee or collateral is required. There are no fees or prepayment penalties for this loan.

Chain Bridge Bank is approved by the SBA to offer Paycheck Protection Program loans. All applications must be submitted through the Bank's online portal. 
Before applying, all potential borrowers should determine whether this loan is appropriate for their business or organization. Most importantly, the borrower must be prepared to certify that current economic uncertainty makes this loan request necessary to support ongoing operationsHere are other important guidelines to know:
Who's eligible:
  • SBA-eligible small businesses of 500 or fewer employees (see the SBA size standards)
  • 501(c)3 nonprofits meeting the size standard, including churches and other faith-based institutions
  • Sole proprietorships, independent contractors and the self-employed
  • Businesses in specific industries (e.g. restaurants) that have 500 or fewer employees per location
Who's ineligible:
  • Businesses primarily engaged in political or lobbying activities
  • Nonprofits in politics and advocacy such as 527, 501(c)4, and 501(c)6 groups
  • Passive investment concerns
  • Household employers
  • Offshore companies
  • Startups that were not operational as of February 15th, 2020
  • Otherwise eligible organizations without payroll costs as of February 15th, 2020
  • Other types of businesses on the SBA 
    list of ineligible firms.
Loan limits:
  • Loan size is capped at 2.5 times the average monthly payroll costs (including fringe benefits) up to $10 million, excluding employee salary over $100,000
  • Eligible new firms must have been operational as of February 15th, 2020
  • 75% must be spent on payroll costs
  • The loan is forgivable for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, and utilities expenses incurred during the eight weeks following the loan origination
  • Payments are deferred six months while interest accrues
  • The term is two years and interest rate is 1.0%
  • PPP report from payroll provider
  • Calculation of average monthly payroll cost​​
  • IRS Form 941 for 2019 Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4 and 2020 Q1
  • IRS Form 940 for 2019 (annual form) if filed
  • Payroll processor records for 2019
  • Report of all employees as of February 15, 2020
As you prepare to use your Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan proceeds to help your small business, it is important to be aware of the SBA's requirements for forgiveness of your repayment obligation. Click here to read more details.
  • To expedite the loan application review, certain payroll providers are offering a customized PPP report to their clients
  • Vendors offering this payroll report include ADP and Paychex; applicants should contact their payroll provider if they are unsure if this is available
  • If the payroll provider does not offer this report, applicants should document their calculation of the average monthly payroll cost used to determine the loan amount request
Simple instructions for calculating average monthly payroll cost and loan amount request:
  • Calculate total payroll for either the last 12 months or calendar year 2019​
  • Subtract cash compensation to employees in excess of $100,000
  • Divide by 12 to get eligible average monthly payroll
  • Multiply average monthly payroll by 2.5 and to get eligible loan request amount
Potential borrowers can consult the U.S. Treasury's Paycheck Protection Program page or the SBA site for further details about the loan rules, requirements and frequently asked questions (FAQs). 

Chain Bridge Bank looks forward to helping its small business, non-profit, and other commercial clients and their employees access the aid they may be eligible for during this pandemic.

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