How To Apply For CBN COVID-19 Loan for Households & MSME

This is to inform the general public that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is giving out loan to households and businesses. In this article, we will show you how to apply for CBN COVID-19 loan for households and businesses in Nigeria.

Note: The CBN loan for households and businesses is totally free.

The loan is for households and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Nigeria. It is a part of stimulus package to support Nigerians, especially those whose economic activities have been significantly disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The outbreak of Coronavirus in Nigeria has led to unprecedented disruptions businesses both local and international level.

The lockdown and international flight ban implemented by the Federal Government have negative impact on households’ livelihoods and business activities.

There is drop in global demand, declined consumer confidence and slowdown in production.

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For this reason, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is giving out loans to assist businesses and households.

Eligibility for CBN Loan for COVID-19

  • Households with verifiable evidence of livelihood negatively impacted due to COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Existing enterprises (MSMEs) with verifiable evidence of business activities adversely affected as a by COVID-19.
  • Enterprises with bankable plans to take advantage of opportunities arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligible activities under the CBN COVID-19 loan Scheme

  • Agricultural value chain activities
  • Hospitality (accommodation and food services)
  • Health (pharmaceuticals and medical supplies)
  • Airline service providers
  • Manufacturing/value addition
  • Trading
  • Any other income generating activities as may be prescribed by the CBN.

How To Apply for CBN COVID-19 Loan for Nigerians

Below is how to apply for CBN Covid19 loan for households and businesses in Nigeria;

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1. Visit NIRSAL Microfinance Bank (NMFB) portal at

2. Click the “Apply Now” button under the category you want to apply for.

3. Fill and Submit an application.

Note: You can also download NIRSAL guarantor’s form for CBN COVID-19 loan from the website.

4. After submitting your application, wait for NIRSAL Microfinance Bank reviews and approval.

5. CBN will again review your application and gives final approval for disbursement to NMFB.

Below are some importantquestions and answers you might find useful.

What is the CBN COVID-19 loan interest rate?

The Interest rate under the intervention is 5% p.a. (all inclusive) up to 28th February 2021 and thereafter, the interest on the facility will revert to 9% p.a. (all inclusive) as from 1st March 2021.

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How long is the CBN covid19 loan for?

Working capital will be for a maximum period of one year, with no option for rollover. Term loans have a maximum tenor of not more than 3 years with, at least, one-year moratorium.

How much can I access?

a.) Households: You can access a maximum of N3 million

b.) Businesses: The amount to access shall be determined based on the activity, cashflow and industry/segment size of beneficiary, subject to a maximum of N25 million.

Working capital shall be a maximum of 25% of the average of the previous 3 years’ annual turnover. (where the enterprise is not up to 3 years in operation, 25% of the previous year’s turnover will suffice).

Updated: April 22, 2020 — 7:09 pm


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  1. Please what is holding our stipen, March to july for those that was flagged off.

  2. Hello sir why I can not see my approval bvn

  3. Aishatu Alhaji Dodo

    I like to apply

  4. Who can I get it?

  5. nwankwo emmanuella OLUCHI

    Nwankwo emmanuella OLUCHI my loan have been approved since 02-08-2020 all tell now I have not received any money

  6. Famous madu I applied since June but nothing yet I have been trying my Bvn sorry you loan has not been approved

  7. I also want to register for d loan but always saying bvn not exist. pls help

  8. I applied since June but nothing yet.They have been telling me that my BVN does not exist.

  9. thank you so much sir

  10. Greeting to our Nation

  11. l have try to apply several times but my bvn was claimed not to be existing, thanks

  12. very good news

  13. Thank you so much

  14. But when will the portal be open.

  15. Thank you sir

  16. very good can’I to Apply ?Thank you sir


    Very good news

  18. Abduljalil bashir o.

    That good, I like to apply.

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