Press Release

Following Tropical Storm Fred, Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Availability Of Disaster Loans For Private Non-Profit Organizations In Upstate New York

Oct 20, 2021

Following their push for a Presidential disaster declaration for upstate New York after Tropical Storm Fred, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced the availability of funding to aid Private Non-Profit organizations (PNPs) in recovering from damage from the storm. PNPs including food kitchens, homeless shelters, museums, libraries, community centers, schools and colleges will be eligible to apply for up to $2 million in loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration. 

Tropical Storm Fred ravaged Upstate New York and caused severe damage to our businesses and communities across the Southern Tier, Central New York, Mohawk Valley, and Finger Lakes regions. This Small Business Administration funding will provide essential support to help those most affected by the storm to restore their businesses and nonprofits and rebuild stronger,” said Senator Schumer. “I will continue to fight to make sure Upstate New York nonprofits have the resources needed to fully recover and rebuild from the storm.”

Tropical Storm Fred caused millions of dollars’ worth of damages to upstate New York,” said Senator Gillibrand. “This federal assistance will allow a wide range of non-profit organizations to build back from the storm and protect against future disasters. I will continue fighting for relief measures like this one to ensure that New York makes a full and swift recovery.” 

In September, Majority Leader Schumer and Senator Gillibrand sent a letter to President Biden urging him to approve a major disaster declaration in Upstate New York following severe flooding caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred.

PNPs located in Allegany, Cayuga, Cortland, Lewis, Oneida, Steuben, Tioga, and Yates counties in New York are eligible to apply for loans. The filing deadline to submit applications for physical property damage is December 7, 2021.