For Nonprofit and Faith-based Organizations

Private, nonprofit, faith-based and other local organizations provided immediate response and relief to the community following Hurricane Florence. Below are resources to assist these organizations with recovery.

FEMA’s Public Assistance grant program provides federal assistance to government organizations and certain private, non-profit organizations, including Houses of Worship, to assist with the cost of responding to and recovering from major disasters like Hurricane Florence. The deadline to apply for Public Assistance is November 13, 2018. View Public Assistance Policy and Guidance here.

Potential applicants should register in the Grants Portal and submit a Request for Public Assistance. Learn how to do this here, or email

View categories and examples of common work eligible for Public Assistance Grants.

View the Public Assistance Applicant Briefing presentation

Visit ReadyNC’s Public Assistance overview website

The NC Community Foundation distributes grant funds to 501-c nonprofit organizations, and has a dedicated disaster relief fund.

Hurricane Florence Relief Fund for local government and nonprofit organizations (through the Golden Leaf Foundation) – Grant funds awarded to units of local government or 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax-exempt organizations.

The Small Business Administration offers disaster loans and business counseling for those affected by Hurricane Florence.

Business Physical Disaster Loans (Deadline: December 13, 2018) – Loans to businesses to repair or replace disaster-damaged property owned by the business. Businesses of any size or eligible.

Economic Injury Disaster Loans (Deadline: June 14, 2019) – Working capital loans to help small businesses and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes meet ordinary financial obligations that can’t be met as a result of Hurricane Florence.

Small Business Administration Hurricane Florence Fact Sheet

Businesses can use low-interest loans to move forward until insurance claims come through. Claims can be used to pay low-interest loans back quickly.

Visit the Small Business Administration at the Business Recovery Center at the Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce or at the Disaster Recovery Center at Independence Mall.

The SBTDC is a business advisory resource with an office on the campus of UNC Wilmington. As a formal partner of the Small Business Administration, the SBTDC offers consultation and expertise to businesses and organizations.

Call or visit the SBTCD for guidance on business recovery, disaster loans and resiliency moving forward.

SBTDC resources
First Steps to Business Recovery

Business Recovery Resources

Disaster Preparation & Recovery