On September 8, 2021, the SBA announced major changes to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program.  New COVID EIDL policy changes include the following:

  • Maximum loan cap increased from $500,000 to $2 million
  • Use of funds was expanded to include payment and pre-payment of business non-federal debt incurred at any time (past or future) and payment of federal debt
  • Extend the deferment period to 24 months from origination for all loans (existing loans with a less than 24-month deferment will be adjusted)
  • Affiliation requirements simplified to an affiliate is a business that you control or in which you have 50% of more ownership
  • Developed additional path to meet program size standards for businesses assigned a NAICS code beginning with 61, 71, 72, 213, 3121, 315, 448, 451, 481, 485, 487, 511, 512, 515, 532, or 812
  • Exclusivity Period: From September 8, 2021 to October 8, 2021, the above policy changes will be applicable to applications for <$500K while applications for >$500K will not be approved and therefore receive the policy changes until October 8, 2021

Businesses that previously applied for and received an EIDL can reapply for an increased loan amount.

For loans greater than $500,000, applications will not be approved until after the exclusivity period ends on October 8, 2021, but they can be submitted before then. Applicants can choose to apply for $500,000 or under immediately and then for over $500,000 funds after the exclusivity period ends, or they can choose to apply immediately for all desired funds above $500,000 and have their application wait for approval starting October 8, 2021.

To apply online for the COVID EIDL, the application can be found at

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