RRRF Applications may now be received up to June 30, 2021. However, for now only applications received on or before midnight on March 31st will be considered for approval. All others are to be set aside awaiting Western Diversification’s direction.
The Government of Canada, through Western Economic Diversification Canada, is providing loans of up to $40,000 for eligible rural businesses to help small businesses cope with financial hardship and recovery from economic disruption resulting from COVID-19. In addition to the original $40,000 RRRF loan that clients have or may receive, they can be further approved for the $20,000 RRRF Top Up loan to maximum of $60,000 combined. These are two separate applications and each must be received in submitted status by March 31, 2021.
Community Futures Central Island is pleased to provide access to this Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) to entrepreneurs in the central island area (Ladysmith – Bowser). If your business isn’t eligible for the Canada Emergency Bank Account (CEBA) and is struggling to meet working capital needs due to COVID-19, then this may be a good option for you.
The RRRF is available for sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, cooperatives and non profit organizations.
WHO IS THIS FUND FOR?
- Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) located in non-metropolitan regions (all areas served by Community Futures organizations) in Western Canada.
- SMEs must attest they have not received duplicative supports through other federal or provincial government COVID-19 support programming such as the Canada Emergency Business Account.
- The small business must have been viable and not experiencing any liquidity or other financial difficulties as of March 1, 2020.
- The small business must have experienced a material adverse effect on business operations on or after March 1, 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Business established before March 1, 2020.
- Lease payments for existing equipment and machinery;
- Salaries and benefits (will only be considered for support if the business has not received support under the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS);
- Property taxes;
- Bank charges and interest payments;
- Office supplies;
- Vehicle operating expenses;
- Professional fees;
- Monthly insurance payments;
- Rent (applicants are expected to pursue with their landlord access to the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses); and
- Other fixed operating costs applicable to the applicant.
- Maximum assistance is $40,000;
- 0% interest and no principal payments until December 31, 2022;
- Principal repayments can be voluntarily made at any time;
- 25% (not to exceed $10,000) can be forgiven, provided 75% of the original loan amount is paid prior to December 31, 2022;
If loan is not repaid by December 31, 2022, the loan will be converted to a three-year term loan with interest rates up to 5%, effective January 1, 2023. The full balance must be repaid no later than December 31, 2025.
Important Note: You must apply for the original $40,000 RRRF loan and be approved before you can be approved for the $20,000 expansion loan. Both applications must be in submitted status by March 31, 2021.
The Team at Community Futures