Olympia, WA -- Federal and state disaster officials announced today that private nonprofit (PNP) organizations affected by the Nisqually Earthquake have until May 31 to apply for disaster funding. Under the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Public Assistance program, certain private non-profit organizations, which experienced damage or losses from the Nisqually Earthquake, may be eligible for disaster funding. Nonprofit organizations may also be eligible for a low interest-loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
"Although the deadline has been extended, the sooner organizations turn in the necessary paperwork on their applications, the faster FEMA and SBA can process their request," said Bill Lokey, federal coordinating officer.
Recently, the Stafford Act, which defines what FEMA can do, was amended regarding the treatment of certain private nonprofit agencies. A special toll-free number was established to help nonprofit organizations determine whether they qualify for federal and state disaster funding and to initiate their application. The number is 1-800-450-8565. Organizations may also call SBA at 1-800-488-5323 to register.
Because many of Seattle's services are run through private nonprofits, the City of Seattle has designated a technical assistance team to help with private nonprofit issues related to the recovery process. The number is 206-684-0133.
Private nonprofits also are eligible to apply for Hazard Mitigation Grant funds for damages caused by the Nisqually Earthquake. The deadline to apply for mitigation funding is April 30, 2001.