New SBA PPP Forgiveness Rules & Application

Ross Williams

June 18, 2020

Dear Treasurers, Finance Chairs and Pastors, Yesterday, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) released a revised loan forgiveness application for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The SBA also unveiled a new EZ application for forgiveness of PPP loans. The applications reflect changes to the PPP made by the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act of 2020, which became law on June 5th. The applications and instructions are available in the links below: Revised PPP Loan Forgiveness ...

Free Stained Glass Windows

Ross Williams

June 17, 2020

Dear Clergy & Laity, We are looking for a suitable home for eight stained glass windows that are presently installed at St. John's Ridgewood UMC located in Queens, NY.  Attached are photos.  This church has recently closed its doors and we would like to find a good home for these beautiful windows. The windows are free to our member churches on a first-come, first served basis.  All that we ask is that they be removed by a business that has the experience to do so that carries adequate ...

Great News about the SBA PPP!

Ross Williams

June 05, 2020

Dear Treasurers, Finance Chairs and Pastors, There is GREAT news about the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) sponsored by the Small Business Administration!  First - the PPP loan program still has funds available.  If you have not already applied, you can view a list of participating lenders here. But the big news is that hours ago, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (PPPFA) became law.  PPPFA is intended to make it far easier for Borrowers to achieve loan forgiveness. ...

Latest SBA PPP Guidance

Ross Williams

May 14, 2020

Dear Treasurers, Finance Chairs and Pastors, At the bottom of this e-mail is a link to the latest guidance from the Small Business Administration on the Payroll Protection Program. This guidance, in the form of "Frequently Asked Questions", was updated by the SBA yesterday. Please note a very important addition to this document regarding the financial necessity of these loans.  It appears in question 46, which I have excerpted below.  This new question and answer clarifies that the SBA will not ...

Forgiveness Rules for SBA PPP Loans

Ross Williams

May 05, 2020

Dear Treasurers, Finance Chairs and Pastors, The following "Frequently Asked Questions" summarize which categories of expenses may be forgivable as part of a Payroll Protection Loan based on current guidance from the Small Business Administration and the Department of Treasury.    Q1: Our church received PPP loan proceeds from our bank. Can the loan be forgiven? A1: Yes. According to SBA regulations the amount of forgiveness can be up to the full amount of the loan and any accrued interest, if ...

Financial Relief for Churches That Did Not Receive a PPP Loan

Ross Williams

May 04, 2020

Dear Treasurers, Finance Chairs and Pastors, Many of our churches have been unable to obtain loans through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) sponsored by the Small Business Administration.  For those churches, it is important to remember that the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) provides additional relief options, including an Employee Retention Credit and a Payroll Tax Deferment Option. The Employee Retention Credit is a fully refundable tax credit that ...

Webinar for Churches on Covid-19 Legislation

Ross Williams

April 14, 2020

Dear Treasurers, Finance Chairs (copy to Pastors), Please see information below on a webinar being held to assist churches navigate recent coronavirus legislation.  It is being presented by attorneys in employment law from Littler Mendelson.  The webinar is this Thursday at 3:00pm To register, click here.  Also, GCFA has a resources page for churches during coronavirus, which can be found at It contains links to a PPP Frequently Asked Questions document, eGiving and...

SBA PPP Update

Ross Williams

April 06, 2020

Dear Treasurers and Finance Chairs (cc: to Pastors), The situation surrounding the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans offered by the Small Business Administration (SBA) continues to evolve on a daily basis. Here are some updates: We have created a sample form as an example of how churches should complete the application.  Please see the document titled "SamplePPPApplication" at the bottom of this e-mail. It is best if the church applies through a bank where they already have an account if ...

Updated CARES Act FAQ

Ross Williams

April 02, 2020

Dear Treasurers and Finance Chairs (copy to Pastors), I've been receiving a lot of questions about the CARES Act and how the provisions can be taken advantage of by our member churches. Please see a newly updated "Frequently Asked Questions" document at the bottom of this e-mail. This document was prepared by the General Council on Finance & Administration of the UMC and contains specific guidance for our churches.  A couple points I'd like to mention related to the Paycheck Protection Program: ...

Free Money! SBA Payroll Protection Program

Ross Williams

April 01, 2020

Dear Treasurers and Finance Chairs (cc: to Pastors)   Information is beginning to become available on loans and grants for the “Paycheck Protection Program” issued by the Small Business Administration.  If done correctly, this Act can result in a grant equal to 2.5 months of payroll that does not need to be repaid! Please see the information below as well as the attached files: PPPOverview - Overview of the Paycheck Protection Program. PPPFAQ - "Frequently Asked Questions" document on the ...

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