Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

 

Notice: Paycheck Protection Program has reopened

The Paycheck Protection Program resumed accepting applications July 6, 2020, at 9:00 AM EDT in response to President signing the program's extension legislation. The new deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan is August 8, 2020
 
The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses and sole proprietors to help pay their employees during the COVID-19 crisis. 

The loan amounts will be forgiven as long as:
  • The loan proceeds are used to cover payroll costs, and most mortgage interest, rent, and utility costs over the 24 week period after the loan is made; and
  • Employee and compensation levels are maintained.
Payroll costs are capped at $100,000 on an annualized basis for each employee. Not more than 40% of the forgiven amount may be for non-payroll costs. 

 
 
  • Anytime on or before August 8, 2020, small businesses,  sole proprietorships, independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply for and receive loans to cover their payroll and other certain expenses through existing SBA lenders.
  • Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans as soon as they are approved and enrolled in the program.
You can apply through The Bank of Princeton or any existing SBA lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating. Visit www.sba.gov for a list of SBA lenders.
All businesses – including nonprofits, veterans organizations, Tribal business concerns, sole proprietorships, self-employed individuals, and independent contractors – with 500 or fewer employees can apply. Businesses in certain industries can have more than 500 employees if they meet applicable SBA employee-based size standards for those industries (click HERE for additional detail). 

For this program, the SBA’s affiliation standards are waived for small businesses (1) in the hotel and food services industries (click HERE for NAICS code 72 to confirm); or (2) that are franchises in the SBA’s Franchise Directory (click HERE to check); or (3) that receive financial
assistance from small business investment companies licensed by the SBA. Additional guidance may be released as appropriate.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

How to apply:

You will need to complete the Paycheck Protection Program online loan application and submit the application with the required documentation to an approved lender that is available to process your application until the funding in this program is depleted or by August 8, 2020, whichever is earlier. 
 

If you have already applied for a PPP Loan through another financial institution, that application must first be withdrawn before The Bank of Princeton can process your new application in accordance with SBA Guidelines.

 
Please fill out the Online Application and a Customer Service Representative will reach out shortly for additional documentation.
 

You may apply for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan as a New Customer of The Bank of Princeton.

If approved for the loan, you will need to open a Business Account at The Bank of Princeton before your loan will be funded.  A Customer Service Representative from The Bank of Princeton will contact you to open the Business Account once you return the fully executed loan documents to the Bank.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

For a complete list of branch locations and contact information, click here:   Hours & Locations
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Loan Forgiveness:

How much of my loan will be forgiven? You will owe money when your loan is due if you use the loan amount for anything other than payroll costs, mortgage interest, rent, and utilities payments over the 24 weeks after getting the loan. Not more than 40% of the forgiven amount may be for non-payroll costs. 
  
How can I request loan forgiveness? You can submit a request to the lender that is servicing the loan. The request will include documents that verify the number of full-time equivalent employees and pay rates, as well as the payments on eligible mortgage, lease, and utility obligations. You must certify that the documents are true and that you used the forgiveness amount to keep employees and make eligible mortgage interest, rent, and utility payments. The lender must make a decision on the forgiveness within 60 days of a completed application for forgiveness.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Additional Information for Borrowers:

What other documents will I need to include in my application? You will need to provide your lender with payroll documentation.

Do I need to first look for other funds before applying to this program? No. We are waiving the usual SBA requirement that you try to obtain some or all of the loan funds from other sources (i.e., we are waiving the Credit Elsewhere requirement).

How long will this program last? The program will last as long as funding is available or August 8, 2020, whichever is earlier. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible because of the funding cap.

How many loans can I take out under this program? Only one.
 
What can I use these loans for? You should use the proceeds from these loans on your:
  • Payroll costs, including benefits;
  • Interest on mortgage obligations, incurred before February 15, 2020;
  • Rent, under lease agreements in force before February 15, 2020; and
  • Utilities, for which service began before February 15, 2020.
 
What counts as payroll costs? Payroll costs include:
  • Salary, wages, commissions, or tips (capped at $100,000 on an annualized basis for each employee);
  • Employee benefits including costs for vacation, parental, family, medical, or sick leave; allowance for separation or dismissal; payments required for the provisions of group health care benefits including insurance premiums; and payment of any retirement benefit;
  • State and local taxes assessed on compensation; and 
  • For a sole proprietor or independent contractor: wages, commissions, income, or net earnings from self-employment, capped at $100,000 on an annualized basis for each employee.
 
Does the PPP cover paid sick leave? Yes, the PPP covers payroll costs, which include employee benefits such as costs for parental, family, medical, or sick leave. However, it is worth noting that the CARES Act expressly excludes qualified sick and family leave wages for which a credit is allowed under sections 7001 and 7003 of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) (Public Law 116–127). Learn more about the FFCRA’s Paid Sick Leave Refundable Credit online.
 
How large can my loan be? Loans can be for up to two months of your average monthly payroll costs from the last year plus an additional 25% of that amount. That amount is subject to a $10 million cap. If you are a seasonal or new business, you will use different applicable time periods for your calculation. Payroll costs will be capped at $100,000 annualized for each employee.

What is my interest rate? 1.00% fixed rate.

When do I need to start paying interest on my loan? All payments may be deferred up to 10 months after the covered period (24 weeks) as outlined in the SBA Guidelines; however, interest will continue to accrue over this period.

When is my loan due? Loans issued prior to June 5, 2020,  have a maturity of 2 years.  Loans issued after June 5, 2020, have a maturity of 5 years.

Can I pay my loan earlier than the maturity date? Yes. There are no prepayment penalties or fees.

Do I need to pledge any collateral for these loans? No. No collateral is required.

Do I need to personally guarantee this loan? No. There is no personal guarantee requirement. ***However, if the proceeds are used for fraudulent purposes, the U.S. government will pursue criminal charges against you.***
 
What do I need to certify? As part of your application, you need to certify in good faith that:
  • Current economic uncertainty makes the loan necessary to support your ongoing operations.
  • The funds will be used to retain workers and maintain payroll or to make mortgage, lease, and utility payments.
  • You have not and will not receive another loan under this program.
  • You will provide to the lender documentation that verifies the number of full-time equivalent employees on payroll and the dollar amounts of payroll costs, covered mortgage interest payments, covered rent payments, and covered utilities for the eight weeks after getting this loan.
  • Loan forgiveness will be provided for the sum of documented payroll costs, covered mortgage interest payments, covered rent payments, and covered utilities. Due to likely high subscription, it is anticipated that not more than 25% of the forgiven amount may be for non-payroll costs.
  • All the information you provided in your application and in all supporting documents and forms is true and accurate. Knowingly making a false statement to get a loan under this program is punishable by law.
  • You acknowledge that the lender will calculate the eligible loan amount using the tax documents you submitted. You affirm that the tax documents are identical to those you submitted to the IRS. And you also understand, acknowledge, and agree that the lender can share the tax information with the SBA’s authorized representatives, including authorized representatives of the SBA Office of Inspector General, for the purpose of compliance with SBA Loan Program Requirements and all SBA reviews.