February 28, 2017

February 28, 2017

DISASTER NEWS Loans for Businesses, Private Nonprofits, Homeowners and Renters Disaster Field Operations Center–West, P.O. Box 419004, Sacramento, CA 95841 ________________________________________ Release Date: Feb. 24, 2017 Media Contact: Richard Jenkins Release Number: KS 15057-01 Phone: (916) 735-1500 SBA Disaster Assistance Available to Kansas Private Nonprofit Organizations SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to certain private nonprofit organizations in Kansas following President Trump’s federal disaster declaration for Public Assistance as a result of the severe winter storm that occurred Jan. 13-16, 2017, announced Administrator Linda McMahon of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Private nonprofits that provide essential services of a governmental nature are eligible for assistance. SBA disaster assistance is now available in Barton, Clark, Comanche, Edwards, Ellsworth, Ford, Hodgeman, Jewell, Kiowa, Meade, Ness, Pawnee, Pratt, Rush, Seward, Sheridan, Stafford, and Trego counties. “Private nonprofit organizations should contact Devan Tucking with the Kansas Division of Emergency Management by calling (785) 646-1596 or emailing devan.n.tucking.nfg@mail.mil to obtain information about applicant briefings,” said Director Tanya N. Garfield of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West. “At the briefings, private nonprofit representatives will need to provide information about their organization,” continued Garfield. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will use that information to determine if the private nonprofit provides an “essential governmental service” and is a “critical facility” as defined by law. If so, FEMA may provide the private nonprofit with a Public Assistance grant for their eligible costs. If not, FEMA may refer the private nonprofit to SBA for disaster loan assistance. SBA may lend private nonprofits up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future. For certain private nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help with meeting working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic Injury Disaster Loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that cannot be paid because of the disaster’s impact. Economic injury assistance is available regardless of whether the nonprofit suffered any property damage. The interest rate is 2.5 percent with terms up to 30 years. The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is April 25, 2017. The deadline to return economic injury applications is Nov. 27, 2017. Applicants may apply online using SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955 or emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (800) 877-8339. For more disaster assistance information or to download applications, visit https://www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. # # #

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