Mesa, AZ -- As part of the state/federal disaster relief for the Rodeo-Chediski fire, the Individual and Family Grant (IFG) program is in place to help individuals cover the costs of necessary expenses and serious disaster-related needs that are not covered by insurance or other programs.
"The IFG program is a safety net for people who are still struggling with financial obligations from the disasters," said Director of Arizona's Division of Emergency Management Michael P. Austin. "It's meant to cover essential needs. It is only a phone call away."
Under the IFG program the following items may be eligible for grant awards:
- Home repairs
- Repair or replacement of personal property
- Medical personal property
- Essential tools required for work that employer does not furnish
- Medical, dental or funeral expenses
How much money one receives depends upon the applicant's disaster-related needs. In order to receive federal/state assistance, those affected must register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). TTY service is available at 1-800-462-7585 for anyone who is hearing or speech-impaired.
The IFG program is not intended to cover all disaster losses or to purchase items or services generally considered nonessential, luxuries or decorative. The IFG program provides immediate emergency assistance to those individuals who do not qualify for low-interest loans administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Following a referral by the SBA, applicants considered for the IFG program are quickly notified by the state regarding their eligibility for the grant program.
Even if applicants believe they will not qualify for an SBA loan, it is necessary to return the completed SBA packet to continue the process. The SBA must determine that the applicant is ineligible before the applicant's situation can be reviewed for an IFG grant.