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SBA says larger nonprofits eligible for PPP loan forgiveness

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On July 8, the SBA added question #71 to its Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) frequently asked questions clarifying whether 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations with more than 500 employees are eligible for PPP loan forgiveness. SBA explained that while the CARES Act generally provided that “501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations with a total of 500 or fewer employees were eligible to receive a First Draw PPP Loan,” the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) later “increased the size eligibility standard for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations for First Draw PPP Loans from a total of 500 or fewer employees to no more than 500 employees per physical location of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.” On March 22, 2021, SBA published an interim final rule (IFR) implementing recent PPP changes that were included in the ARPA enacted on March 11, 2021 (covered by InfoBytes here).

Exercising her broad authority under the PPP, and in light of litigation earlier this year, on July 8 the SBA administrator announced that “any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that received a loan before March 11, 2021, but submits a forgiveness application on or after March 11, 2021, will not be ineligible for forgiveness on the basis that they have more than 500 employees in multiple physical locations” provided it has otherwise complied with all applicable PPP rules.