Private Non-Profits Encouraged to Apply

December 7, 2016  //  

Virginia Beach, Va. — Private nonprofit (PNP) organizations in Virginia may be eligible to receive federal assistance in recovering from losses connected with Hurricane Matthew, officials of the Virginia Department Emergency Management (VDEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said. The deadline for applying is December 15, 2016.

Private non-profits can request an application packet for disaster assistance by calling (804) 839-8992 or e-mail between the hours of 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or file online at and submit a request for public assistance.

The Public Assistance program provides grant funds to eligible municipalities, government agencies and qualified private non-profit organizations for costs of debris removal, emergency protective measures, road repairs, repair of water control facilities, and restoration of buildings, utilities and recreational facilities. While public assistance is oriented to public entities and can fund the repair, restoration, reconstruction, or replacement of a public facility or infrastructure damaged or destroyed by a disaster, certain PNPs may qualify for help as well.

Eligible PNPs include educational, utility, irrigation, emergency, medical, rehabilitation, and temporary or permanent custodial care facilities (including those for the elderly and disabled), and other PNP facilities that provide essential services of a governmental nature to the general public.

PNPs that provide “critical services,” which include power, water (including water provided by an irrigation organization or facility), sewer, wastewater treatment, communications and emergency medical care, may apply directly to FEMA for a disaster grant. All other PNPs must first apply to the Small Business Administration (SBA) for a disaster loan. If the PNP is declined for an SBA loan, or the loan does not cover all eligible damages, the applicant may re-apply for FEMA assistance.

The eligible cities are Chesapeake, Franklin, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, and the counties of Isle of Wight and Southampton

December 7, 2016

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. 

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711 or video relay service). TTY users can call 800-462-7585. 

The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding and recovery. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and can cover the cost of replacing losses of disaster-damaged real estate and personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.

Be ready. Be willing to help.

Virginia Disaster Relief Fund