Last updated on 4/9/2020
Historically, non-profit organizations or organizations that principally engaged in teaching, counseling, or indoctrinating religious beliefs, whether in a secular or religious setting, were not eligible for SBA funding. The CARES Act expanded eligibility for the PPP to 501(c)(3) entities and an April 2nd interim final rule issued by the Treasury clarified that churches, conventions or associations of churches, or other faith-based organizations are eligible for the federal stimulus package. In response to this interim rule, there have been many questions from faith-based organizations. On April 3, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration issued a Frequently Asked Questions for Faith-Based Organizations Participating in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL) to further clarify this ruling.