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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides grants to facilities affected by a major disaster. In their regulations, they define eligible educational institutions by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and for universities by the Higher Education Act of 1965. A private, nonprofit organization is defined in 44 CFR Section 206.221 as "any nongovernmental agency or entity that currently has: (1) an effective ruling letter from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, granting tax exemption under sections 501 (c), (d), or (e) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, or (2) satisfactory evidence from the state that the non-revenue-producing organization or entity is a nonprofit one organized or doing business under state law."

In the recent amendments to the Stafford Act (P.L.106-390), private nonprofit schools (as well as many other but not all, PNPs) must now apply first to the Small Business Administration (SBA) for a disaster loan. If the organization is declined for a loan or if their eligible damages exceed the maximum loan for which they are eligible, they may then apply to FEMA for assistance through the State. This SBA requirement does not apply to emergency work such as debris clearance or emergency protective measures for which they may apply to FEMA for assistance through the State.

Further Information

  • Contact the State office of emergency management.

  • Information on FEMA's disaster programs can be found on the Web at http://www.fema.gov/.

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