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Federal Assistance Programs

Below is a list of assistance programs offered by various federal government agencies. Some programs are specifically designed to provide relief following natural disasters such as Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma. Click on the program name for details and contact information.

Emergency Conservation Program (ECP)
Provides emergency funding and technical assistance for farmers and ranchers to rehabilitate farmland damaged by natural disasters and for carrying out emergency water conservation measures in periods of severe drought.
Crop Insurance
Program is administered by USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA), which underwrites crop insurance policies for hundreds of crops and livestock in the United States.
Tree Assistance Program (TAP)
Provides financial assistance to qualifying producers to replace eligible trees, bushes, and vines damaged by natural disasters.
Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP)
Provides financial assistance to producers of noninsurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory, or prevented planting occurs due to natural disasters.
Emergency Loan Assistance
Provides low-interest loans to producers who own or operate land located in a county declared by the President or designated by the Secretary of Agriculture as a disaster area. Loans are intended to assist in the recovery of production and physical losses due to drought, flooding, other natural disasters, or quarantine.
Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP)
The Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) was set up by Congress to respond to emergencies created by natural disasters. All projects undertaken must be sponsored by a political subdivision of the state, such as a city, county, general improvement district, or conservation district.
Food Disaster Assistance Program
As part of the Federal Emergency Response Plan, FNS's Food Distribution Division has the primary responsibility of supplying food to disaster relief organizations such as the Red Cross and the Salvation Army for mass feeding or household distribution. Disaster organizations request food and nutrition assistance through state agencies that run USDA's nutrition assistance programs.
Housing and Community Programs
Programs for single-family housing, multi-family housing and community facilities. Assistance includes moratoriums on repayment or re-amortizations.
Business Assistance Programs
Although not designed as a response program for disasters, many business assistance programs can still be of assistance in providing relief at those times. Assistance includes the Business and Industry Guaranteed Loan Program, Rural Business Enterprise Grant Program, Rural Business Opportunity Grant Program, Intermediary Re-lending Program, and the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program.
Utilities Assistance Program
For rural communities experiencing a decline in the quantity or quality of drinking water.
Low-Interest Loans
SBA offers loans up to $200,000 to repair disaster-damaged primary residences. Homeowners and renters are eligible for loans up to $40,000 to replace personal property such as furniture and clothing. Loans to businesses of all sizes and non-profit organizations are available up to $1.5 million to repair damage to real estate, machinery, equipment and inventory. Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) are also available to small businesses unable to pay bills or meet operating expenses.
Disaster Aid Program - Individual Assistance, Low-Interest Loans
Low-interest Disaster Loans: available to individuals/businesses for property loss and economic injury (to cover uninsured property losses). Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL): If your business has suffered substantial economic injury, regardless of physical damage, and is located in a declared disaster area, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration in the form of a working capital loan.
Disaster Aid Program - Public Assistance
Public Assistance is aid to state or local governments to pay part of the costs of rebuilding a community's damaged infrastructure. Generally, pays for 75 percent of the approved project costs. May include debris removal, emergency protective measures and public services, repair of damaged public property, loans needed by communities for essential government functions and grants for public schools.
Excise Tax Relief
Businesses may file claims with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) for
payment of Federal excise taxes paid on alcoholic beverages or tobacco products lost, rendered unmarketable or condemned by a duly authorized official under various circumstances, including where the President has declared a major disaster.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance
Provides special federally funded weekly benefits to workers and self-employed individuals who are unemployed as a direct result of a Presidentially-declared major disaster, and who are not eligible for regular Unemployment Insurance benefits paid by states.
Federal Assistance to Individuals and Households
FEMA can provide assistance to individuals and households directly affected by a disaster to enable them to address their disaster-related housing and other necessary expenses and serious needs which cannot be met through other forms of disaster assistance, insurance, or other means.
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