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NJEDA relief programs for small- and mid-sized businesses

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority Board has authorized the creation of seven programs to help provide eligible small- and mid-sized businesses with financial assistance in response to the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has caused. The best way for businesses to determine their eligibility for these programs is through the NJEDA Emergency Assistance Wizard.

Businesses also may be eligible for assistance through existing Small Business Administration emergency relief programs. Participating SBA lenders should begin to accept applications for the Paycheck Protection Program—created by the federal stimulus package—at the end of this week.

Summary of NJEDA relief programs:

  • Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program: A $5 million program that will provide grants up to $5,000 to small businesses in retail, arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, food service and other services—such as repair, maintenance, personal and laundry services—to stabilize their operations and reduce the need for layoffs or furloughs.
  • Small Business Emergency Assistance Loan Program: A $10 million program that will provide working capital loans of up to $100,000 to businesses with less than $5 million in revenues. Loans made through the program will have 10-year terms with 0% for the first five years, then resetting to the EDA’s prevailing floor rate (capped at 3%) for the remaining five years.
  • Community Development Finance Institution Emergency Loan Loss Reserve Fund: A $10 million capital reserve fund to take a first loss position on CDFI loans that provide low-interest working capital to microbusinesses. This will allow CDFIs to withstand loan defaults due to the outbreak, which will allow them to provide more loans at lower interest rates to microbusinesses affected by the outbreak.
  • CDFI Emergency Assistance Grant Program: A $1.25 million program that will provide grants of up to $250,000 to CDFIs to scale operations or reduce interest rates for the duration of the outbreak.
  • NJ Entrepreneur Support Program: A $5 million program that will encourage continued capital flows to new companies, often in the innovation economy, and temporarily support a shaky market by providing 80% loan guarantees for working capital loans to entrepreneurs.
  • Small Business Emergency Assistance Guarantee Program: A $10 million program that will provide 50% guarantees on working capital loans and waive fees on loans made through institutions participating in the NJEDA’s existing Premier Lender or Premier CDFI programs.
  • Emergency Technical Assistance Program: A $150,000 program that will support technical assistance to New Jersey-based companies applying for assistance through the U.S. SBA. The organizations contracted will be paid based on SBA application submissions supported by the technical assistance they provide.

If you have questions, contact the PIA Industry Resource Center at or call (800) 424-4244. PIA will be posting regular updates on coronavirus-related topics on PIANJ’s coronavirus webpage.