The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, will reopen the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan portal to PPP-eligible lenders with $1 billion or fewer in assets for first and second draw applications on Jan. 15 at 9 a.m. EST. The portal will fully open on Jan. 19 to all participating PPP lenders to submit first and second draw loan applications to the SBA.

Earlier this week, the SBA granted dedicated PPP access to community financial institutions (CFIs), which include community development financial institutions (CDFIs), minority depository institutions (MDIs), certified development companies (CDCs) and microloan intermediaries, as part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to reach underserved and minority small businesses.

On Friday, the SBA will continue its emphasis on reaching smaller lenders and businesses by opening to approximately 5,000 more lenders, including community banks, credit unions and farm credit institutions. Moreover, the agency also plans to have dedicated service hours for these smaller lenders after the portal fully reopens next week.

“A second round of PPP could not have come at a better time, and the SBA is making every effort to ensure small businesses have the emergency financial support they need to continuing weathering this time of uncertainty,” Jovita Carranza, administrator for the SBA, said. “SBA has worked expeditiously to ensure our policies and systems are relaunched so that this vital small business aid helps communities hardest hit by the pandemic. I strongly encourage America’s entrepreneurs needing financial assistance to apply for a first or second draw PPP loan.”

“We are pleased to have opened PPP loans to CDFIs, MDIs, CDCs and microloan intermediaries. The PPP is already providing America’s small businesses hardest hit by the pandemic with vital economic relief,” Steven T. Mnuchin, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, said. “As the program reopens for all first and second draw borrowers next week, the PPP will allow small businesses to keep workers on payroll and connected to their health insurance.”

First draw PPP loans are for borrowers who did not receive a PPP loan before Aug. 8, 2020. The first round of the PPP ran from March to August 2020. Second draw PPP loans are for eligible small businesses with 300 employees or fewer that previously received a first draw PPP loan and will use or have used the full amount only for authorized uses and can demonstrate at least a 25% reduction in gross receipts between comparable quarters in 2019 and 2020. The maximum amount of a second draw PPP loan is $2 million.