In a press release, this Friday afternoon, the SBA announced: “The Small Business Administration will resume accepting PPP loan applications on Monday, April 27 at 10:30 AM EDT from approved lenders on behalf of any eligible borrower. This will ensure that SBA has properly coded the system to account for changes made by the legislation.” (The press release did not include any specific information or details about the re-opening and resumption of EIDL.) The new bill adds $50 billion into the Emergency Economic Injury Disaster (EIDL) loan program. There is another $10 billion solely for the EIDL Loan Advance.
The SBA.gov website further clarified: Additional Funding Notice: The SBA will resume accepting Paycheck Protection Program applications from participating lenders on Monday, April 27, 2020 at 10:30am EDT. With the additional funding provided by the new COVID-19 relief package, SBA will resume processing EIDL Loan and Advance applications that are already in the queue on a first come, first-served basis. We will provide further information on the availability of the EIDL portal to receive new applications (including those from agricultural enterprises) as soon as possible. https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources
We believe this EIDL portal delay is due to having to modify the application form and software. The new bill added new provisions and criteria.