Small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private nonprofit organizations may apply for low-interest loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program. If your business has suffered substantial economic injury, you may qualify for an EIDL. EIDLs provide working capital to help businesses survive until normal operations resume after a disaster. The SBA can provide up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses that could have been met had the disaster not occurred.
Loan Application Process
1. DETERMINE ELIGIBILITY
To be eligible, applicants must:
- Have suffered and able to demonstrate “substantial economic injury” directly attributed to the event.
- Be unable to meet its obligations and to pay ordinary and necessary operating expenses. EIDLs provide the necessary working capital to help small businesses survive until normal operations resume after a disaster.
- Not have credit available elsewhere.
- Have a good credit history acceptable to SBA.
- Demonstrate the ability to repay all loans.
- Pledge collateral where it is available.
If you are eligible, continue to Step 2.
2. GATHER REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
- Tax Information Authorization (IRS Form 4506T | IRS Form 4506T Instructions), completed and signed by each applicant, each principal owning 20 percent or more of the applicant business, each general partner or managing member; and, for any owner who has greater than 50 percent ownership in an affiliate business. Affiliates include, but are not limited to, business parents, subsidiaries, and/or other businesses with common ownership or management
- Complete copies, including all schedules, of the most recent Federal income tax returns for the applicant business; an explanation if not available
- Schedule of Liabilities listing all fixed debts (SBA Form 2202)
- Monthly Sales Figures (SBA Form 1368)
- Personal Financial Statement (SBA Form 912) completed, signed, and dated by the applicant, each principal owning 20 percent or more of the applicant business, and each general partner or managing member
- Sign the Fee Disclosure Form and Compensation Agreement (SBA Form 159)
3. COMPLETE THE APPLICATION ONLINE BY CLICKING HERE
- If you prefer to complete a hard copy application, download the Business Loan Application (SBA Form 5) by clicking here — or if you are a sole proprietor click here for (SBA Form 5C) — complete it in full, and submit it with the required support documentation by mail or courier to:
U.S. Small Business Administration
Processing and Disbursement Center
14925 Kingsport Road
Fort Worth, TX 76155
For more information about the U.S. SBA EIDL program, click here.
NEED ASSISTANCE WITH YOUR APPLICATION?
Our Florida SBDC disaster recovery specialists are available to provide no-cost, one-on-one confidential consulting to help you prepare disaster loan applications and assist with other post-disaster challenges you encounter. Please note that consultations are taking place via phone call or virtual meeting.
The best and quickest way to receive individual assistance is to contact your local SBDC office.
Due to the widespread impact COVID-19 has created, we are receiving an extraordinarily high volume of inquiries and doing our best to provide the highest level of personalized service to every request received. If you get voicemail, please leave a message and be patient with us as we work through our backlog and respond to your request for assistance. We appreciate your understanding and will do everything we can to assist your business during these unprecedented times.