San Juan, PR -- As part of the May 6 - 11 flood recovery effort, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico has activated a grant program to help people with the cost of disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other relief programs. According to disaster officials, more than three million dollars have been approved to individuals and families affected by the floods.
The Individual and Family Grant (IFG) Program is funded 75 percent by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and 25 percent by the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
"The IFG provides a safety net for people who have exhausted all other means of assistance and still have serious and necessary needs not met by other disaster assistance programs," said Melba Acosta, the Governor's Authorized Representative.
This year, grant recipients will access their financial disaster funds from the Department of the Family debit card system. The recipient will receive a letter explaining what the grant may be used for to cover disaster-related expenses.
If the IFG recipient is already a participant of the Department of the Family programs, the money will be available in the individual's account within three days.
If the recipient does not participate in any of the Commonwealth Department of the Family programs, the FEMA letter will explain that the recipient should report to the nearest Department of the Family office to validate their card.
IFG recipients can make multiple transactions of $500 in one day or use it to pay at authorized businesses.
Individual and Family Grants are available only if an applicant has been denied a disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). It is required that IFG recipients keep receipts for three years of all the purchases made with granted federal disaster assistance.