COVID-19 Support for Commercial Clients
All loan forgiveness applications for PPP loans closed in 2020 were processed through the Spark Online Forgiveness Portal. All invites to the portal were sent out as of early February 2021. PPP borrowers may access the Spark Portal and there is a self-serve password reset if needed. For general questions please email PPPreply@fremontbank.com and provide your Borrower Name and/or Loan number.
New option for loans of $150,000 and below that funded in 2020: The SBA Direct Forgiveness Portal is now available to Fremont Bank clients, no invite necessary. PPP borrowers may apply for forgiveness on the SBA PPP Direct Forgiveness Portal. For full details, please refer to the SBA's press release. The SBA also offers live customer service to borrowers at (877) 552-2692 on Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 8:00pm EST.
Loans of $150,000 and below: The SBA recently introduced their Direct Forgiveness Portal (DFP) to help process the smaller forgiveness applications, which make up 93% of the 7 million PPP Loans originated. The SBA Direct Forgiveness Portal is now available to Fremont Bank clients, no invite necessary. PPP borrowers may apply for forgiveness on the SBA PPP Direct Forgiveness Portal. For full details, please refer to the SBA's press release. The SBA also offers live customer service to borrowers at (877) 552-2692 on Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 8:00pm EST.
Loans above $150,000: Fremont Bank is accepting applications to process forgiveness applications. The bank is sending invitations by email to clients to begin the forgiveness application process. For general questions, we are here to serve you with live customer service at (866) 297-5080 on Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm PST or by email at PPPreply@fremontbank.com.
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) borrowers may be eligible for loan forgiveness if the funds were used for eligible payroll costs or eligible expenses during either the 8- or up to 24-week covered period after disbursement. Note, at least 60% of the loan proceeds must be spent on payroll costs. A borrower can apply for forgiveness once it has used all loan proceeds for which the borrower is requesting forgiveness.
Borrowers can apply for forgiveness any time up to the maturity date of the loan. If borrowers do not apply for forgiveness within 10 months after the last day of the covered period, then PPP loan payments are no longer deferred, and borrowers will begin making monthly loan payments to their PPP lender.
If approved by the SBA, the status of forgiveness application will show as “complete” in the Spark Online Forgiveness Portal. Once loan forgiveness funds are received from SBA, our Commercial Loan Servicing Department will process the SBA payment to the PPP Loan, for the approved forgiveness amount. An SBA Forgiveness Approval Letter will be mailed to the business address we have on record, within 30-days of receiving the payment from the SBA. If any questions, the Commercial Loan Servicing Department can be reached at commercialLS@fremontbank.com or (925) 315-3850.
Upon approval from SBA, the SBA Forgiveness Approval may be accessed in the same PPP forgiveness portal used to apply. If any questions, the Commercial Loan Servicing Department can be reached at commercialLS@fremontbank.com or (925) 315-3850.
The SBA has stopped accepting applications effective May 4, 2021.
For Borrowers using the 3508 standard PPP Loan Forgiveness form.
In response to COVID-19, small business owners, including agricultural businesses, and nonprofit organizations in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories can STILL apply for the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), directly with the SBA.