San Antonio, TX -- According to federal and state recovery officials, a grant program is available to those affected by Tropical Storm Fay who live in the nine declared counties. The Individual and Family Grant Program covers the costs of disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other programs. This program provides a "safety net" for those affected who have exhausted all other means of assistance and still have disaster-related financial obligations which they cannot meet.
Grants may be used to cover such disaster-related expenses as essential home repair for an owner-occupied primary residence, and repair or replacement of personal property or transportation. Items not traditionally covered under the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loan programs, such as medical, dental and funeral expenses are also covered under the grant program.
The Individual and Family Grant Program (IFG) is administered by the state and funded at 75 percent by FEMA and 25 percent by the state.
Grant amounts are based on the unmet needs of the applicant. Grants are a last resort and, in most cases, are available only if an applicant has been denied a disaster loan from the SBA. If you have not registered for disaster assistance and live in the nine declared counties, call the FEMA toll-free registration number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or (TTY) 1-800-462-7585 for the hearing or speech impaired. Lines are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.