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.
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 was December 19, 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.
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.
A Business Recovery Center is located within the Disaster Recovery Center at Independence Mall in the former Sears location. Visit and speak with Small Business Administration representatives and get information on resources like the ones below Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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.
First Steps to Business 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 was November 13, 2018. View Public Assistance Policy and Guidance here.