Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
At the direction of President Barack Obama, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues to lead the federal government's effort to provide assistance and support to states affected by Superstorm Sandy, ensuring the federal family and its public and private partners continue to provide all available resources to support state, local, and tribal communities in affected areas. For more information on federal disaster assistance relating to Superstorm Sandy please click here.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
The U.S. Small Business Services Administration (SBA) is offering federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans for up to $2 million for small businesses of any size that experienced physical damage and/or economic distress resulting from Superstorm Sandy. For more information on how to apply, click here. Please note, businesses should register with FEMA prior to applying for the SBA loan (see above). Businesses can get help completing applications and creating plans to rebuild at a local SBA Small Business Development Center, find the center nearest you here.
NY State Department of Financial Services
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the Department of Financial Services disaster have established a hotline to help New Yorkers with insurance issues from Superstorm Sandy. The hotline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-339-1759 to answer insurance-related storm questions and help consumers file complaints.
NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) and NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC)
Emergency Loans: the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) has partnered with Goldman Sachs and the NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC) to provide Emergency Loans up to $25,000 for New York City businesses affected by Superstorm Sandy. There is 0% interest for the first 6 months, followed by 1% interest for the next 24 months. Click here for the Superstorm Sandy Small Business Relief Fund Loan Application.
NYC Matching Grant Program: NYC Business Solutions and the NY Business Development Corporation are administering the NYC Matching Grant Program provided by the City of New York, The Mayor’s Fund and New York City Partnership Foundation. The Program is designed for certain independently owned and operated businesses who have been approved for a NYC Emergency Loan. For more information, click here.
SBS and the EDC also are providing free temporary office space for businesses affected by Superstorm Sandy. Businesses can access desk space, power, phone and internet at many spaces located throughout the five boroughs. Please check here for locations.
For additional information regarding free services such as administrative help, clean up and moving support, IT and communications assistance and free supplies listed through the EDC, please check here.
NYC Industrial Development Agency (IDA)
The NYC Industrial Development Agency (IDA) will provide emergency assistance to small businesses through the Hurricane Emergency Sales Tax Exemption Program (“HESTEP”). This assistance is limited to 250 businesses. This program will provide sales tax exemptions of up to $100,000 for each affected company on purchases of building, construction and renovation materials, machinery and equipment and other items of personal property and related services needed to rebuild after the storm.
Eligible businesses must obtain the HESTEP sales tax letter prior to making eligible capital expenditures. For more information, visit the EDC website.