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IL 16158 - SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Businesses and Residents of Illinois Affected by Severe Storms and Flooding

WASHINGTON – Illinois businesses and residents affected by severe storms and flooding on August 12-13, 2019 can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Acting Administrator Christopher Pilkerton announced today.

Acting Administrator Pilkerton made the loans available in response to a letter from Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker on Oct. 7, requesting a disaster declaration by the SBA.  The declaration covers Madison County and the adjacent counties of Bond, Clinton Jersey, Macoupin, Montgomery and Saint Clair in Illinois; and Saint Charles, Saint Louis, and Saint Louis City in Missouri.  

“The SBA is strongly committed to providing the people of Illinois with the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist businesses of all sizes, homeowners and renters with federal disaster loans,” said Pilkerton. “Getting businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”

SBA’s Customer Service Representatives will be available at the Disaster Loan Outreach Center to answer questions about the disaster loan program and help individuals complete their applications.

The Center is located in the following community and is open as indicated:

Madison County       

Granite City – City Hall

2000 Edison Ave.

Granite City, Illinois 62040


Opening:  Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 11 a.m.

Hours:      Monday – Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

                 Saturday, Oct 19 and Oct. 26, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Closed:     Sundays      

Closes:     Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 4 p.m.     












“Businesses and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets,” said SBA’s Illinois District Director Robert Steiner.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster.  Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.

“Loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property,” said Kem Fleming, center director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta.  

Applicants may be eligible for a loan amount increase up to 20 percent of their physical damages, as verified by the SBA for mitigation purposes.  Eligible mitigation improvements may include a safe room or storm shelter, sump pump, French drain or retaining wall to help protect property and occupants from future damage caused by a similar disaster.

Interest rates are as low as 4 percent for businesses, 2.75 percent for nonprofit organizations, and 1.75 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years.  Loan amount and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at

Businesses and individuals may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by emailing Loan applications can also be downloaded at Completed applications should be returned to the center or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Dec. 9, 2019

The deadline to return economic injury applications is July 10, 2020.


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Friday, October 11, 2019 - 3:00pm
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