Crouch: Grant Applications for More Flood Aid Are Now Available for Farms, Businesses and Communities

January 25, 2012
Assemblyman Clifford W. Crouch (R,I-Guilford) today announced that additional aid is now available to assist farms, businesses and communities in the flood-recovery effort. Crouch cited the Business Flood Recovery and Mitigation Grant program that was passed by the Legislature in December to permit farms, businesses and communities affected by last year’s flooding to apply through Empire State Development (ESD) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

“This grant funding is a great resource and lifeline for farms, businesses and community organizations that need to or are in the process of rebuilding from the flooding,” said Crouch. “I encourage those who have been affected by these floods to apply for a grant in a timely fashion so they do not miss out on this valuable assistance.”

According to the new law, the following options are available to businesses and communities:

  • Business Flood Recovery Grant Program – $21 million for small businesses, farms, multiple dwellings and non-profit organizations that sustained direct physical flood-related damage costs not covered by other federal, state or local recovery programs. Grants are limited to a maximum of $20,000, and will be provided to applicants who demonstrate the greatest need based on available flood-damage assessments provided by relevant federal agencies.
  • Flood Mitigation Grant Program – $9 million for county flood mitigation or flood-control projects. The grants for each county range from $300,000 to $500,000; however, counties can jointly apply. Eligible counties must be included in the federal disaster declarations for Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee.

Crouch urged flood-affected New Yorkers to visit DEC’s website at www.dec.ny.gov/lands/79243.html and ESD at www.esd.ny.gov/BusinessPrograms/FloodRecovery.html to learn more about these programs and eligibility. Applications can be obtained by calling 518-292-5340 or by emailing floodrecovery@esd.ny.gov.