Eliminating barriers to accessing the Paycheck Protection Program

The SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provides eligible businesses with access to low interest and partially to fully forgivable loans with no personal guarantee or collateral required. Eligible small businesses and nonprofits can use these funds to help pay business payroll, utilities, and other operating expenses during the COVID-19 pandemic. When the Paycheck Protection Program was first launched, many businesses – particularly those owned by people of color – found themselves unable to access the application process. We are dedicated to helping underrepresented and under-resourced small businesses access resources to keep their workforce employed and navigate COVID-19.

Partnerships to Access PPP

Bridgeway is not an SBA Lender that is eligible to process PPP loan applications. We have set up partnerships to help Bridgeway clients, businesses owned by people of color, and small businesses applying for the first time access the PPP application process. We are working with another CDFI, the Community Reinvestment Fund (CRF) to connect small businesses to the PPP loan application portal and provide application assistance in partnership with Paramount Pursuits. In collaboration with our partners, Bridgeway can help you navigate the PPP application process so you can submit your loan request with confidence.


Deadline to apply through Bridgeway + CRF is March 8th, 2021:

Our partner CRF will stop accepting new PPP loan applications on Monday, March 8, 2021 at 12:00 noon CST.  Applications received before this date and time will be processed.

Apply for a PPP Loan

Complete your application by Noon CST on March 8th, 2021

Get Started

Application Tips

How to Apply

  • Click Get Started in the blue banner above to begin your PPP loan application through CRF.
  • Use the Application Toolkit to guide you through the process.
  • Need help along the way? Connect with us at connect@bridgewaycapital.org or 412-201-2450.

  • Businesses that have successfully received a PPP Loan are encouraged to apply again through their lender. Applying again through your PPP Lender will streamline the application process and may require less documentation.
  • Bridgeway clients, businesses owned by people of color, and small businesses applying for the first time are encouraged to apply for a PPP loan through CRF. Click Get Started in the blue banner above.

Application Toolkit