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COVID-19 Resources For Your Business

There are many different funding options available for businesses, we encourage you to review this cross-eligibility chart to decide which program(s) may work best for you.

Bank First is here to help! Contact a Relationship Manager at your local office if you have questions about the options available for you and your business.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) - Round 2

As of Tuesday, May 4, 2021, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding has been exhausted for all institutions except community financial development institutions (CFDIs) and minority depository institutions (MDIs). 



The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, posted a revised, borrower-friendly Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application implementing the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020. In addition to revising the full forgiveness application, SBA also published a new EZ version of the forgiveness application that applies to borrowers that:

The EZ application requires fewer calculations and less documentation for eligible borrowers.  Details regarding the applicability of these provisions are available in the instructions to the new EZ application form. 

Both applications give borrowers the option of using the original 8-week covered period (if the loan was made before June 5, 2020) or an extended 24-week covered period.  These changes will result in a more efficient process and make it easier for businesses to realize full forgiveness of their PPP loan. 

The forgiveness portion of PPP Round 2 became available through our online portal on May 4, 2021. Bank First customers who have completed their Round 2 applications and have met the minimum covered period of 56 days (8 weeks) will receive an email with information and further instructions.

PPP Forgiveness for Loans of $150,000 and Under Streamlined

The SBA released a streamlined loan forgiveness application for PPP loans totaling $150,000 or less. The new, simplified Form 3508S includes certifications from the borrower but does not require calculations to be submitted with the application. Applicants still must submit documentation verifying forgivable payroll and non-payroll expenses. Borrowers are further required to retain the documentation supporting their certifications for six years, but do not need to submit it.

A borrower that uses SBA Form 3508S is exempt from any reductions in the borrower’s loan forgiveness amount based on reductions in full-time equivalent (FTE) employees (section 1106(d)(2) of the CARES Act) or reductions in employee salary or wages (section 1106(d)(3) of the CARES Act) that would otherwise apply. 

Additional tools you can use:


The Small Business Administration is offering additional loan options your business may qualify for, including:


The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act. The program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance.




Wisconsin Tomorrow Lodging Grant program will invest approximately 75 million dollars of the American Rescue Plan Act federal funding in Wisconsin to lodging providers hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) will distribute grants beginning in August and will be awarded based on a percentage of decreased sales from 2019 to 2020. The maximum grant allowed will be $2,000,000. 

Any individual or entity who operates a lodging facility is eligible if specific criteria is met. Pre-qualified applicants have been identified using DOR records. For those registered for the DOR's My Tax Account, pre-qualified applicants have been contacted through secure email. Those not currently registered for My Tax Account will receive a phone call from the DOR. Applicants must respond to the DOR's inquiry by 4:00pm on July 28, 2021. 

For more information, please visit the Department of Revenue website:


USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses, and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Learn more.

In addition to the aforementioned lending resources, Bank First may also be able to assist your business with other loan options. Please contact your Bank First relationship manager to discuss which options are the best fit for your individual business. As always, thank you for choosing Bank First!

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