Small Business Administration Relief

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At Ameris Bank, we know that small businesses are the heartbeat of local economies. We’re working with the SBA to provide hardship relief loans to businesses. You’re not alone in facing these difficult times. 

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides approximately $2.2 trillion of fiscal stimulus. As an SBA-preferred lender, we’re thankful for the opportunity to participate in this program and offer relief to our business customers.


Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Updated October 23, 2020, 10:00 A.M. ET

PPP Loan Forgiveness

The SBA has begun to accept PPP loan forgiveness applications. Ameris Bank is steadily providing borrowers with access to our PPP loan forgiveness online application portal.  

Below are important details regarding Ameris Bank’s PPP loan forgiveness online application portal:

  • Access to the online portal is provided via an email sent to the primary contact on the loan. This email is unique to the borrower.

  • Each week, more and more borrowers receive access, via email, to the Ameris Bank loan forgiveness online application portal.

  • The deferment period for forgiveness has been extended to 10 months beyond the last day of the covered period or until the SBA remits forgiveness payment to the lender, whichever comes first.

  • For borrowers who wish to apply immediately, please notify us and emailed access will be provided. You may also contact our Customer Service Center by calling 866.616.6020 and selecting option nine. Representatives are available to assist Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. ET to 4:00 p.m. ET.

  • All forgiveness applications to  Ameris Bank must be submitted through the Ameris Bank PPP loan forgiveness online application portal.

Learn more about the forgiveness application from the SBA:

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What Can You Do to Prepare?

Consider taking the following actions to increase your likelihood of PPP loan forgiveness.

  • Keep the PPP funds separate: Consider putting the loan into its own designated account to better keep track of the funds.

  • Keep disciplined records: Create account codes so there’s a paper trail for qualified expenses.

  • Keep supporting documents: Stay organized with your documentation of PPP money usage - especially for payroll, interest, rent and utilities payments.

    • Payroll: Retain payroll registers and proof of ACH transfers. If you outsource to a professional employer organization save your payroll invoice that shows payroll costs and employee benefits.

    • Utilities: Keep invoices and statements for electric, phone, internet, gas and heating providers.

    • Rent and mortgage interest: Keep proof of payments.

Remember, these are just a few of the things your business may want to consider, but they are by no means all the factors you may need to consider when qualifying for PPP loan forgiveness. Ameris Bank can’t offer an opinion on whether the loan of any borrower qualifies for forgiveness.


Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)

EIDL Loans can be used for operational expenses to keep your business functioning with rates capped at 3.75% for for-profit businesses and 2.75% for non-profits with loan amounts up to $2 million.

Use loan funds to:

  • Retain workers and maintain payroll

  • Make mortgage payments

  • Lease payments

  • Utility payments



If your small business is struggling to meet its obligations, you might be looking for some debt relief options. This program will provide immediate relief to small businesses with non-disaster SBA loans, in particular 7(a), 504 and microloans. Under it, SBA will cover all loan payments on these SBA loans, including principal, interest and fees for six months. This relief will also be available to new borrowers who take out loans within six months of the president signing the bill into law.

While the legislation has approved these funds, we are awaiting the details. When we have more information as to how quickly the SBA will take over making these payments and the process for this, we will post more information here.

This is not a complete description of all eligibility requirements. Additional program restrictions may apply. All loans are subject to credit approval.