Frequently Asked Questions for the
SME Stimulus Loan Facility
The SME Stimulus Loan Facility is a government-sponsored loan programme of up to TT$600,000 to help micro, small and medium-sized businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Facility is open to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises operating and incorporated in Trinidad and Tobago and in operation as of March 1, 2021
To be eligible for the Facility, an SME is required to declare, amongst other things, that they are in possession of:
Annual Gross Revenues between TT$ 500,000 to TT$25 million
BIR registration number
A VAT registration number, where applicable
with majority shareholder(s) that are non-nationals (not citizens or permanent residents of Trinidad and Tobago); or
with gross revenues of less than TTD 500,000 or more than TTD 25million annually.
with loans in arrears 90 days or more
who have applied already applied for an SME Support loan though a related company.
owned or controlled by a person(s) holding public office.
The business must confirm that the loan will be used solely for salary payments, working capital, purchase of raw materials and fixed assets purchases. Excluded: residential R/E and financial instruments and purchase of vehicles for personal use.
Business Registration documents.
Up-to-date annual audited or management financial statements, to also be submitted annually within (60) days of each fiscal year-end during the life of the loan;
Proof of BIR Registration or evidence that the process has started.
Employee NIS contributions up to December 2018
Semi-annual unaudited financial statements within (60) days of the semi-annual date;
Financial and operating statements as required by the lending institution;
Financial covenants that are customary for transactions of this nature;
Borrowers must be compliant with KYC requirements
Businesses are not required to make repayments for the first twenty-four (24) months but will have to repay the principal in (60) sixty equal monthly principal installments thereafter. Government will pay all interest.
Yes, prepayment is allowed without penalty.
Government will pay all interest on the loan. There is no interest cost to the borrower.
Yes. The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago will secure 100% of your loan balance.
In addition to meeting eligibility criteria, the SME must certify that:
It intends to continue to operate its business or to resume operations;
It generates revenues from the sales of goods and services;
It will not use the proceeds to repay other borrowings;
It will not use the proceeds to repay any Director/Shareholder Loans;
It will not use the proceeds to declare a Shareholder Dividend;
It will make best efforts to maintain employment of permanent staff as existed at March 1, 2021;
It is not owned or controlled by any shareholder or person who also owns or controls another SME that is already a borrower or has applied for a loan facility under the program;
Shareholders of the SME must also be willing to provide personal guarantees.
Loans will be available from Scotiabank (T&T) Limited, First Citizens Limited, RBC Royal Bank (T&T) Ltd and Republic Bank Ltd.
The Facility is open until December 31, 2021 with review thereafter.
If you are interested in the SME Stimulus Loan Facility, please contact your Scotiabank Business Banking Officer for more information.