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Paycheck Protection Program Loans

Forgivable Loans to Help Your Business or Nonprofit Weather the Crisis

The Small Business Administration (SBA) reopened the Paycheck Protection Program through March 31, 2021. This round of the PPP allows the hardest-hit small businesses and nonprofits to apply for a 2nd Draw PPP loan. Small businesses and nonprofits who have not yet received a PPP loan will also be eligible for relief.

We know that in these uncertain times, you are eager to support your employees and manage your organization by accessing these forgivable loans. In this round, we will be able to provide PPP loans for some borrowers. Read on to learn how to pursue getting a PPP loan with Self-Help or another lender.

See our PPP lending impact page


If you already have a PPP loan with Self-Help:

Links to apply for a 2nd Draw PPP Loan were sent to all existing Self-Help PPP borrowers on Friday, January 15th. If you are an existing PPP borrower with Self-Help and did not receive your link, please contact us.


If you already have a PPP loan with another lender:

Timing is critical as limited funding has been appropriated for PPP loans. If you received your 1st PPP loan from another lender, we strongly encourage you to contact that lender for your 2nd Draw PPP loan – your existing PPP lender should be able to process your 2nd Draw PPP loan most quickly. 


If you do not already have a PPP loan:

At this time, Self-Help’s first responsibility is to provide 2nd Draw PPP loans to the hardest-hit nonprofits and small businesses who relied on us for their 1st PPP loans. If PPP funds continue to be available once these borrowers have been served, Self-Help will be able to work with additional small businesses and nonprofits. 

As in the previous rounds of PPP, Self-Help expects to focus on assisting nonprofits and small businesses run by women and people of color to obtain a 1st PPP loan or a 2nd Draw PPP loan. We're also focusing the program in areas where we have a credit union branch presence, including North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, California, Chicago, Milwaukee, and Eastern Washington.  

We cannot guarantee that we will be able to serve you, but you may fill out this form to provide us with your information. In the event we are able to work with you for a PPP loan, we will contact you.  

If you have not yet received a 1st PPP loan, or if your existing PPP lender is not offering 2nd Draw PPP loans, you can find a list of PPP lenders on SBA’s website at

PPP Loan Guidance

We want to help you get as much of your PPP loan forgiven as possible. We will continue to update this page with tools, resources, and information to help you navigate this process. Self-Help is monitoring updates from Congress, the Treasury Department and SBA for any changes to the program and will update this page with new information as it becomes available.

Tools & Resources

Self-Help Resources

Forgiveness Guidance

Loans $50K or Less

  • Loans $50K and under: Documents you must submit with your application (updated as of December 7, 2020)

  • Loans $50K and under: PPP Forgiveness application step by step instructions (updated as of December 3, 2020)

Loans Over $50K

  • Loans over $50K: Documents you must submit with your application (updated as of December 7, 2020)

  • Loans over $50K: PPP Forgiveness application step by step instructions (updated as of December 3, 2020)

How can I make sure all of my PPP loan gets forgiven? 

In general, under the current laws and guidance, your PPP loan will be eligible for forgiveness if: 

  • At least 60% of PPP loan funds are used to pay employees and any remaining loan funds are used to pay the following business expenses: 
    • Interest portion of mortgage payments 
    • Rent/lease payments
    • Utilities
  • PPP loan funds are used within the required time period; and 
  • Staff and wage levels are maintained (subject to exceptions). 

For more detail on the requirements for forgiveness, read our PPP Forgiveness FAQ located in the Tools & Resources box at the top of this page. 

When can I apply for forgiveness?

Self-Help is staggering access to our online forgiveness portal, based on the date you received your loan. As we open our portal to loans in your date range, you will receive an email from us with your unique link to access your application, along with step-by-step instructions to help you maximize forgiveness on your PPP loan. Note that Congress is considering additional changes that would benefit many PPP borrowers. Self-Help is closely monitoring PPP laws and guidance, and will continue to update you as new information becomes available.

What is the deadline for applying for forgiveness?

You should apply for forgiveness within 10 months of the end of your Covered Period. If you apply for forgiveness within that timeframe, payments on your PPP loan will be deferred until SBA has processed your forgiveness request. If you do not apply for forgiveness within that timeframe, you must begin making payments on your loan. 

How do I apply for forgiveness?

If you received a PPP loan from Self-Help, you will receive an email from our team with instructions on how to access your loan and enter your forgiveness information in our online portal. It is not necessary to download an application from the SBA website and fill it out. You will enter this information in our online portal.

If you did not receive your PPP loan from Self-Help, you cannot apply for forgiveness through Self-Help. You will have to contact your PPP lender and follow their instructions to apply for forgiveness.

What if I still have questions?

Check out our PPP Forgiveness FAQ: PPP forgiveness is complicated! Find detailed answers to common questions in our PPP Forgiveness FAQ located in the Tools & Resources box at the top of this page. 

Additional COVID-19 Resources for Small Businesses & Nonprofits

  • Additional Resources: Self-Help has compiled a listing of a few of the COVID-19 Resources for Small Businesses & Nonprofits available nationwide and in states where our sister credit union Self-Help CU has branches.
  • SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL): EIDLs can provide economic relief to businesses and nonprofits that are currently experiencing COVID-19-related difficulties. You can apply directly with the SBA herePlease note

    • EIDL is a separate program from the PPP.

    • Businesses and nonprofits can apply for both the EIDL and the PPP, but cannot use the funds from both programs for the same expenses.

    • Self-Help is not involved in the EIDL program: it is a loan directly from the SBA. We encourage all businesses and nonprofits that are experiencing loss of revenue from COVID-19 to apply for the EIDL directly with the SBA here.

    • To learn more, please see SBA's EIDL FAQ here.

  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advances: The Act allocated additional funding for EIDL Advances and, for the hardest-hit small businesses and nonprofits, Targeted EIDL Advances. These grants will be available by applying directly to SBA (not through Self-Help or other lenders). The best place to find information on EIDL Advances, Targeted EIDL Advances, and the application process is SBA’s website at Small Business Administration (

  • Shuttered Venue Grants: The Act created a grant program for live venue operators or promoters, theatrical producers, live performing arts organization operators, museum operators, motion picture theatre operators, and talent representatives that meet certain eligibility requirements. Shuttered Venue Grants will be available by applying directly to SBA (not through Self-Help or other lenders). The best place to find information on Shuttered Venue Grants and the application process is SBA’s website at Small Business Administration ( Note: if you receive a PPP loan or 2nd PPP loan on or after December 27, 2020, you will not be eligible to receive a Shuttered Venue Grant.
Fraud Alert: Due to requirements under the Freedom of Information Act, SBA has released information on all PPP loans, including borrower name, address, loan amount, loan date and lender. Please be aware that fraudsters are targeting small businesses and nonprofits during these economically difficult times. As always, exercise caution if you are proactively contacted by someone claiming to represent SBA or Self-Help. Neither SBA nor Self-Help requires you to work with any agents to obtain a PPP loan or to request forgiveness on your PPP loan. To learn more about scam and fraud alerts, or to report fraud to SBA, visit SBA's Scam & Fraud Alerts webpage.