2012-02-24 / Community

Hurricane Irene Small Business Grants Available

In December, Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder announced that he supported a bill which was signed into law by the governor. The law provides $50 million statewide in flood relief and included a job-retention tax credit to businesses affected by Hurricane Irene. Specifically, it also provides $21 million for direct grants to small businesses, multiple dwellings and not-for-profits that sustained direct flood-related damage from Hurricane Irene. Months after Hurricane Irene, many of the people who do business in Southern Queens and Rockaway are still recovering from the destruction. FEMA attended to the needs of homeowners immediately after the storm, but small businesses and non-profit organizations were left holding the bill for thousands of dollars in damage. This particular grant is designed to help small businesses and not-for-profit organizations get back on their feet with the rebuilding and restoration of their offices that were damaged by the storm. The Empire State Development Corporation will administer the $21 million grant program by awarding each eligible entity up to $20,000. To be eligible for the grant, the entity must have sustained direct damage from Hurricane Irene. Rebuilding and restoration projects are not eligible for the grant if they have already been covered by other federal, state or local programs. Goldfeder says he knows firsthand that many businesses and not-for-profits are still struggling to get back on their feet as they make costly repairs. In a time when many local businesses and community organizations are hurting, spending extra money to recover from a natural disaster is the last thing they can afford. With money available he’s now excited to see it in the hands of those businesses and organizations that need it.

Eligible applicants can obtain information by visiting his website at www.assembly.state.ny.us/gold-feder, by calling 518-292-5340 or by emailing floodrecovery@esd.ny.gov.

Applications may be completed online, but an original signed application must be sent to:

Empire State Development

Attn: Hurricane Irene-Tropical Storm Lee Flood Recovery Program

30 South Pearl St., Albany, NY 12245

Anyone with questions can contact Goldfeder’s office at 718-945-9550.

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