Hurricane Sandy: Disaster Relief Announcements

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, GrantStation is compiling information on disaster relief resources, including recovery/clean up funds and other emergency grant opportunities.

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Funding Opportunities

Disaster Assistance Grants for Dentists and Dental Care Organizations
The American Dental Association (ADA) is offering Disaster Assistance Grants of up to $5,000 to dentists who have lost property in Hurricane Sandy, and to organizations that can provide emergency dental care in areas affected by the hurricane. The deadline to submit applications for those affected by Hurricane Sandy is December 30, 2012.

Loans for NYC Nonprofits Affected by Sandy
The New York City Nonprofit Recovery Loan Program will provide critical funds to nonprofit organizations in the NYC to help bridge the gap between expenditures needed to support the recovery from Hurricane Sandy and anticipated revenues such as grants, pledges, contract reimbursements, FEMA and insurance payments. These interest free loans will range from  $5,000 to $100,000.

Mini-Grants for Organizations Helping People with Disabilities Affected by Sandy
The Disability Funders Network Rapid Response Fund is providing mini-grants to help nonprofit organizations meet the immediate and long-term needs of people with disabilities in North Eastern regions impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Grants address such needs as transportation, shelter, medication, medical equipment, and assistive technology for people with disabilities.

New York Foundation for the Arts Administers Emergency Relief Fund
The Andy Warhol Foundation, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and Lambent Foundation have established an Emergency Relief Fund, administered by the New York Foundation for the Arts, to assist artists with damages and losses as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Eligible artists can be working in any discipline and must reside in Connecticut, New Jersey, or New York. The majority of grants will range between $1,000 and $5,000.

Recovery Grants Assist NYC Parks

The Partnerships for Parks Recovery Grants support community groups in New York City whose neighborhood parks have been damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Groups whose projects take place on NYC Parks Department property are eligible to apply for grants ranging from $200 to $2,000 for capacity-building projects focused on storm recovery.

Grants Assist New Jersey Residents with Disabilities Impacted by Sandy
The Kessler Foundation is offering Hurricane Sandy Emergency Grants designed to help nonprofit organizations meet the immediate needs of people with disabilities in New Jersey affected by the hurricane. Mini-grants in amounts of $2,500 to $10,000 are available.

SBA Loans Available for Nonprofits Affected by Hurricane Sandy
Nonprofits that operate in any county that has been declared a major disaster area by President Barack Obama due to Hurricane Sandy may be eligible for low-interest loan from the Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA has already distributed thousands of loan applications in relation to Hurricane Sandy, and decisions are made approximately 10 days after the SBA receives a completed application.

North Star Fund: Grassroots Hurricane Relief Fund
The North Star Fund has announced the Grassroots Hurricane Relief Fund to help the most vulnerable residents and communities in the region affected by Hurricane Sandy. Grants will support grassroots organizations and activists who are aiding disenfranchised families and communities cope with this disaster and recover from it. Grants will be provided to organizers and activists in the five boroughs of New York City as well as New Jersey, Long Island, and Connecticut. Because this is a crisis, the application form is very short and the Fund will aim for a two-week turnaround time to respond to requests.

North Carolina Community Foundation Re-Activates Disaster Relief Fund
The North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF) has re-activated its statewide Disaster Relief Fund to support relief efforts related to Hurricane Sandy. Nonprofit programs serving storm victims’ needs in counties served by the NCCF are eligible for consideration. All funds will go directly to nonprofit organizations serving the needs of local victims in counties served by the NCCF. (Donations to the Fund can be made online through the NCCF website.)

Hurricane Sandy Grants Available from the ASPCA
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is making funding available to eligible animal welfare nonprofit organizations and government agencies that are either in need of immediate assistance or responding to the needs of animals in affected areas via its Emergency and Disaster Response grants program. These grants help fund pet food, shelter supplies, rescue supplies and equipment, boarding/fostering of rescued or at-risk animals, animal transport/relocation, animal medical care, overtime expenses for shelter staff, travel expenses for staff deployed to affected disaster areas, and infrastructure repairs/rebuilding. Read ASPCA's recent blog post on this topic at: http://www.aspcapro.org/blog/2012/10/preparing-for-the-worst-striving-for-the-best/.

CERF+ Offers Assistance for Artists Impacted by Hurricane Sandy
CERF+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund + Artists’ Emergency Resources) along with its partners in the National Coalition for Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response are beginning to connect with the artists and arts organizations in the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. To facilitate in this effort, CERF+ will be actively posting news and promoting exchanges on the CERF+ Facebook page. Please use this location to let everyone know what you are seeing and hearing about how this disaster has affected the arts community.

In addition, CERF+ has the following opportunities available for artists:

  • CERF+ has created the CERF+ Artists’ Relief Exchange. If you know an artist who needs help and/or if you can offer help (supplies, equipment, a place to stay or work, help in clean up, etc.), please join in this Exchange.
  • CERF+ has also set up an Emergency Response web page that compiles the most critical resources including tips on getting assistance from FEMA, a listing of arts sector emergency resources, and some of the most relevant parts of the Studio Protector Online Guide such as information about disaster assessment and salvage.
  • Finally, CERF+’s disaster relief assistance offers grants up to $3,000 and interest-free loans up to $8,000 for any professional craft artist who has suffered significant losses.

Resources

Administration on Aging: Disaster Preparedness Resources for Individuals, Families and Caregivers
This federal website is intended to provide tools and resources that will assist seniors, families, caregivers, and aging services professionals in developing and establishing priorities, best practices, and actions in preparing for, and responding to, an emergency or disaster.

FEMA National Disaster Recovery Database
The Fema National Disaster Recovery Program Database provides data on different programs to help communities prepare for, respond to, and rebuild after a disaster.  This is a tool for members from all levels of government, emergency managers, and planners to find resources provided by Federal/state/tribal/territorial governments, private sector entities, and non-governmental organizations to assist in recovery efforts.

TechMission Launches Website to Coordinate Hurricane Sandy Volunteer Efforts
In response to Hurricane Sandy, TechMission, a Christian nonprofit organization based in Boston, has launched a website to help people post needs and find volunteer opportunities. On this website individuals can post needs such as tree removal and cleaning/repairing damages to homes; and organizations and churches can upload a spreadsheet of resources/needs and volunteer opportunities for potential volunteers to access. TechMission will be adding in feeds of volunteer opportunities from AllForGood and Serve.gov to provide a comprehensive list.

Vermont Community Foundation Provides Information on Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts
The Vermont Community Foundation has established a “After Sandy: How Vermont Can Help" webpage where information will be posted on how Vermonters can help those impacted, both locally and in harder-hit areas. The webpage will also share giving and volunteer opportunities as they become available.