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Private Nonprofits May Be Eligible for FEMA Public Assistance

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Release date: 
July 22, 2011
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HARRISBURG, Penn. -- Private nonprofit (PNP) organizations may potentially be eligible to receive assistance.

An eligible PNP that supplies critical services may apply directly to FEMA for funding of emergency and permanent work. These critical services include:

  • Power: Facilities for generation, transmission, and distribution of electric power.
  • Water: Facilities for the treatment, transmission and distribution of water by a water company supplying municipal water. In addition, water provided by an irrigation company for potable, fire protection, or electricity-generation purposes.
  • Sewer and Wastewater: Facilities for collection, transmission, and treatment of wastewater.
  • Communication: Facilities for transmission, switching, and distribution of telecommunications traffic.
  • Emergency Medical Care: Facilities that provide direct patient care to include hospitals, clinics, outpatient services and nursing homes.
  • Fire Protection/Emergency: Fire and rescue companies including buildings and vehicles essential to providing emergency services, and ambulance companies.
  • Educational: Primary, secondary and higher education schools/institutes that provide education as determined under Commonwealth law.

Eligible PNP facilities that do not provide critical services are: custodial care, museums, zoos, community centers, libraries, homeless shelters, senior citizen centers, rehabilitation facilities, shelter workshops, and facilities providing health and safety services.

As such, these non-critical PNP facilities must first apply for a loan through the Small Business Administration for permanent work. If they are declined a loan or if the loan does not cover all eligible damages, they may apply to FEMA for consideration of public assistance funding after the applicant presents the official SBA denial letter to FEMA.

The distinction between critical and non-critical PNP's only applies to permanent work. PNP facilities that do not provide critical services still apply directly to FEMA for emergency work assistance.

The private nonprofit organization must hold tax exempt status under Section 501 (a), (d) or (e) of the IRS Code or State certification that your organization is a non-revenue producing nonprofit entity organized, or doing business under State law. The service or facility must be open to the public.

To request a copy of this information in an alternate format, please contact Linda Landers, Regional Disability Integration Specialist at 215-275-3797 or at

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FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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