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AL 16471 - SBA Adds Blount County, Alabama to Provide Disaster Assistance for Private NonProfit Organizations Affected by Severe Storms and Flooding

ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that certain Private NonProfit organizations (PNP)s in Blount County, Alabama have been added to the disaster declaration.  PNPs that do not provide critical services of a governmental nature may be eligible to apply for low-interest rate disaster loans.  These loans are available following a Presidential disaster declaration for Public Assistance resulting from damages caused by severe storms and flooding February 5, through March 6, 2020.

PNPs located in the Alabama counties of Blount, Butler, Chambers, Choctaw, Colbert, Covington, Crenshaw, Cullman, Dallas, Fayette, Greene, Lamar, Limestone, Macon, Marion, Perry, Randolph, Tuscaloosa and Wilcox are eligible to apply. Examples of eligible non-critical PNP organizations include, but are not limited to food kitchens, homeless shelters, museums, libraries, community centers, schools and colleges.

PNP organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets.  The interest rate is 2.75 percent with terms up to 30 years. 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.

The SBA also offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs, such as ongoing operating expenses to PNP organizations.  Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the organization suffered any physical property damage.

PNP organizations are urged to contact their county’s Emergency Manager for information about their organization.  The information will be submitted to FEMA to determine eligibility for a Public Assistance grant or whether the PNP should be referred to SBA for disaster loan assistance.

The deadline to apply for a disaster loan for physical property damages expired on July 20, 2020.  PNPs in Blount County may apply after the deadline and should include an explanation that they were not previously aware of their eligibility for the SBA disaster loan program.

Applicants may apply for declaration #16471/#16472 online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at disasterloanassistance.sba.gov. Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan applications can also be downloaded from 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.

The filing deadline to submit applications for physical property damage is July 20, 2020. The deadline to submit economic injury applications is Feb. 22, 2021.

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Release Number: 
20-430
Release Date: 
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 12:15pm
Contact: 
Michael Lampton
Related State: 
Alabama
Field Operations Center: 
East