Austin, Texas, January 11, 2021 – Abrigo has begun supporting community financial institutions participating in the latest round of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) through its Sageworks SBA Lending solution. Abrigo, the leading technology provider of compliance, credit risk, and lending solutions for community financial institutions, supported more than 360 financial institutions totaling nearly $12 billion in loans funded in the first and second rounds of the PPP.
Starting today, first-time PPP borrowers can submit applications to community-based lenders, such as community development financial institutions (CDFIs) and minority deposit institutions (MDIs). On Wednesday, these lenders can begin accepting applications from borrowers seeking a second-draw PPP loan. The SBA has not yet announced when other financial institutions will be able to begin taking applications. Like the first round, first-time borrowers are eligible for loans up to $10 million. Second-time borrowers, on the other hand, are eligible for loans up to $2 million. Due to the smaller loan sizes and the targeted funds set aside for community-based lenders, the SBA is expecting the $284 billion program to last longer than previous rounds. Borrowers have until March 31 or until funds are depleted to apply for a PPP loan.
“We’re ready,” said William S. Keller, President and Chief Executive Officer of Community Bank of the Bay, a Community Development Financial Institution serving the San Francisco Bay area from its base in Oakland, Calif. “The application came out Friday and we worked on it all through the weekend along with our partners at Abrigo, and we’re ready to go. We’ve been focused on this for a while.”
To ensure community financial institutions are ready to begin accepting PPP loans when the program relaunches, Abrigo has quickly updated its platform to meet the needs of the latest guidance and new borrower and lender forms.