Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway) announced that the Economic Development Association (EDA) is accepting applications from nonprofits, government organizations and other local groups to receive funding that will help with the recovery efforts of Hurricane Irene and for planning for potential future disasters.
“Hurricane Irene devastated many local organizations and drastically impacted our infrastructure last summer,” Assemblyman Goldfeder said. “These grants will go a long way in helping Southern Queens and Rockaway get back on their feet.”
The EDA has made funds available on a first-come, first-served basis, so applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. This program provides a wide range of technical, economic and disaster recovery and public works assistance for those in need.
These grants, in large part, have been made available thanks to the hard work of Senator Charles Schumer who has fought to make sure that the people of New York City will have a helping hand in recovering from these storms and will be better prepared for storms in the future, Goldfeder added.
“This EDA Grant might be the silver lining volunteer fire departments such as ours could use to replace our communications system with state-of-the-art radios we so desperately need,” said Chief Joseph Vasquez-Aldana, when informed about this opportunity. “Hurricane Irene wreaked havoc upon our system, but we have been financially unable to purchase the new technological radios that will be required by the end of the year. We will definitely apply for and hope to receive the funds necessary to replace our ancient communications system,” concluded the volunteer chief of the only mainland Queens volunteer fire department.
The following organizations are eligible for grants and are encouraged to apply:
- public- or state-controlled institutions of higher learning;
- non-profits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS; and
- non-profits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS.
“Hurricane Irene hit Rockaway particularly hard and rebuilding is a lengthy process,” Goldfeder said. “The EDA grants will jump-start the process and make it easier for the people of our community to get back to life as usual.”