Private Nonprofits May Be Eligible for FEMA Public Assistance

ALBANY, N.Y. – Private, nonprofit organizations affected by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee may be eligible to receive disaster assistance as part of the storm recovery process, federal officials said today.

There is still time to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for recovery assistance for damage caused by Irene and/or Lee. The deadline to apply is Nov. 28 for both storms.
Certain private, nonprofits (PNPs) which provide critical services may apply for FEMA assistance, through New York State, for funding of emergency and permanent work. Critical services include electrical, water, sewer and communication facilities, emergency medical care facilities, fire and rescue companies, schools and educational facilities.
Private, nonprofits that do not provide critical services include museums, zoos, community centers, libraries, homeless shelters, senior citizen centers, rehabilitation facilities, shelter workshops, and facilities providing health and safety services.
Non-critical PNPs are considered eligible for federal aid but must first apply for a loan through the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of Disaster Assistance for permanent work, such as repairs to a building. If a private, nonprofit is declined for a loan or if the loan does not cover all eligible damages, it may apply to FEMA for consideration of public assistance funding after the applicant presents the official SBA denial letter to FEMA.
The distinction between critical and non-critical PNPs only applies to permanent work. PNP facilities that do not provide critical services can still apply directly to FEMA for emergency work assistance.
SBA works closely with FEMA in disaster recovery and serves as the federal government's primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, non-profit organizations fund repair or rebuilding efforts, and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. Nonprofit organizations may qualify for loans up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged real estate, equipment, inventory and fixtures.
The private nonprofit organization must hold tax exempt status under Section 501 (a), (d) or (e) of the IRS Code or State certification that the organization is a non-revenue producing nonprofit entity organized, or doing business under State law. The service or facility must be open to the public.
Private, nonprofits can apply for assistance by obtaining FEMA form 90-49 available online at \\hqecwnt1\fema forms\90-49.pdf and submit it to the FEMA Joint Field Office, 10 Jupiter Lane, Albany, NY 12205.
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