Mississippi churches damaged by Hurricane Ida may be eligible for FEMA grants

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PEARL, Miss. (BRPROUD) — Mississippi houses of worship may be eligible for FEMA grants after sustaining damages from Hurricane Ida.

Grants can cover repair costs or facility replacement, according to FEMA officials. The Request for Public Assistance (RPA) deadline is set for Nov. 21. Facilities that can apply for this grant are churches, synagogues, mosques, temples or any other house of worship.

Designated counties: Amite, Claiborne, Copiah, Covington, Franklin, George, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Lawrence, Lincoln, Pearl River, Pike, Simpson, Walthall, Wayne, and Wilkinson.

FEMA eligibility requirements:

  • Be owned or operated by a nonprofit.
  • Have damage caused by Hurricane Ida between Aug. 28 and Sept. 1.
  • Have either not received funding or received insufficient funding after applying for a U.S. Small Business Administration disaster loan to repair or replace a facility.
  • Provide a current ruling letter from the IRS granting tax exemption under Section 501 (c) (d) or (e) of the IRS Code, or provide documentation from the state confirming it is a nonprofit.

For more information or to submit an RPA, click here.

FEMA officials said U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loans are available for certain nonprofits with up to $2 million of property damage. Click here to apply.

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