Key government financial programs & business aid
Find out about possible government financial programs and resource options available for your business.
It’s no secret that businesses have seen their fair share of changes in the last few months. As owners, C-levels and managers adapt, it’s a good idea to find all the available financial support and resources at hand. While Liquid Capital can provide much-needed cash flow, this can also be a supplement to other resources, including government grants.
At this time, both the American and Canadian governments are providing some different funding options for small and medium-sized businesses. Here’s a list of some of the highlights below.
USA: Government financial programs
1. SBA: Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources
The Small Business Administration has by far the most comprehensive funding resources available when it comes to seeking financial assistance due to the coronavirus. With content available in 17 different languages, it includes coronavirus funding options, guidance for businesses and employers, as well as information on local assistance, SBA products and resources, and government contracting.
2. Paycheck Protection Program
The SBA is also offering a Paycheck Protection Program, which provides a loan to be used towards keeping your employees and workers on the payroll. The SBA will also forgive the loan, granted it is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest or utilities. Applications can be completed directly from the SBA website.
3. Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance
The SBA is also offering this program with loan advances up to $10,000 of economic relief for businesses that are currently experiencing temporary loss of revenue. Additionally, they have recently revised the eligibility criteria to include agricultural businesses.
4. U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Coronavirus Small Business Survival Guide
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has compiled a list of resources to help small businesses throughout these uncertain times. With content available ranging from general coverage, information on the federal government’s coronavirus stimulus legislation, small business loans, how to manage employees as well as remote work
5. USA Government: Finance your business
The United States Government has compiled a list of funding sources that they are backing including links for small business loans and other government funding options for your business. This is part of their Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.
Canada: Government financial programs
1. Regional Relief and Recovery Fund
Offered by the Government of Canada, the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF), gives businesses located outside of metropolitan areas access to additional financial resources. $675 million of the near $1 Billion total of the fund will be allocated to help support regional economies. Applications can be completed directly from one of the Regional Development Agencies listed on the page.
2. Government of Canada COVID Benefits Quiz
The Government of Canada will be offering a variety of financial services during the coronavirus pandemic, ranging from the individual to small and big businesses alike. To navigate which option is best suited to you this quiz will point you in the right direction.
3. Relief measures for Indigenous businesses
Additionally, the Canadian government has set up a specific relief fund for Indigenous businesses, which includes up to $40,000 for small and medium-sized businesses. The capital is divided with $30,000 as an interest-free loan and a non-repayable contribution of $10,000. Consult the contact information on the dedicated page for more insights on the application process.
4. Canada Enterprise Emergency Funding Corporation: Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility
This fund was specifically set up for large Canadian employers who need financial assistance due to the pandemic, and will provide loans upwards of $60 million. The minimum annual revenue requirement is $300 million or more, however, businesses in the financial sector are excluded from applying. The applications should be completed by emailing LEEFF-CUGE@cdev.gc.ca to register intent.
5. Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation: Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance
The CMHC has set up a rent relief program from those who own commercial properties and have small businesses as tenants who have been affected by the coronavirus. Those eligible for the program will be able to acquire forgivable loans if they agree to reduce the rent by 75% for the months of April, May and June, as well as meet operating expenses on commercial properties. Application can be completed directly through the website.
Better Business Bureau
Although not specifically for funding options, the BBB does offer a range of helpful business tips on navigating the pandemic — plus information on price gouging and scam alerts. Additionally, they offer a COVID-19 toolkit for both Canadian and American businesses.
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