Olympia, WA -- Private nonprofit (PNP) organizations affected by the Nisqually Earthquake have until June 30 to apply for assistance through federal and state programs. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance program recognizes certain PNPs as eligible for disaster funding. Additionally, low interest-loans may be available to PNPs through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
"FEMA and the State of Washington are committed to helping all eligible applicants," said Bill Lokey, federal coordinating officer. "We have extended the deadline to June 30 for private non-profits to register for assistance because we believe some organizations are still discovering costly damages."
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. This team can be reached at 206-684-0133.