In the early morning hours of Thursday, July 28, 2022, several counties in Southeastern Kentucky were devastated by flood waters far exceeding the historic flooding that occurred just last year.
We are keeping this page up to date with all the latest information we have. Please note: this webpage is catered to assistance available for small businesses and organizations:
Please find a comprehensive list of the best places to find supplies or information in your local community, as well as information on donations and volunteer opportunities. Note this website also has links to information on how to clean your homes or buildings, as well as what you need to be mindful of when volunteering:
https://appalshop.org/news/appalachian-flood-support-resources (compiled and updated frequently by our partners at Appalshop)
Get your questions answered:
Any small business is invited to join this private Facebook page monitored by the Kentucky Small Business Development Center, along with Mountain Association and many other partners.
Grants for individuals/families, as well as small farms and businesses:
The Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky is offering grants to the following groups: $250 for individuals/families, and up to $10,000 for small farms, small businesses and more: https://www.appalachianky.org/flood/
Grants for restaurants / employees: If your restaurant is experiencing hardship due to the flooding, has three stores or less, employs fewer than 50 employees per location, and has had revenues of $3M or less per location in the last 12 months, apply for a $10,000 grant at doordash.helloalice.com
Southern Smoke Foundation funds people in the food & beverage industry in crisis, including those facing a natural disaster. This is for restaurant & bar workers, baristas, farmers, ranchers, winemakers, distillers, brewers, etc. Details on aid: https://southernsmoke.org/fund/
Grants for artists: CERF+ is a nonprofit offering emergency relief grants for materials-based craft and folk/traditional artists that experienced a recent, career threatening emergency, such as an illness, accident, fire or climate related disaster. Apply here: https://cerfplus.org/get-relief/apply-for-help/
Kentucky Arts Council has compiled a list of information available for musicians, actors, and other types of artists: http://artscouncil.ky.gov/KAC/Creative/resources-natural-disaster.htm
Small Business Administration (SBA) physical and economic injury disaster loans:
The below link provides information on how to apply for these loans.
The SBA has set up Business Recovery Centers in Hazard, Manchester, and Whitesburg to assist people in applying for SBA disaster relief loans and other programs in-person.
Mountain Association will be helping to staff these centers daily from 9am-7pm:
Eastern Kentucky University – Manchester Campus
50 University Drive
Manchester KY, 40962
229 East Main Street
Whitesburg, KY 41858
Hazard Community and Technical College – Jolly Classroom Center
1 Community College Drive
Hazard, KY 41701
Find information on how to apply for FEMA support at the below link. This is for uninsured or underinsured damage.
Free Legal Support: AppalRed is providing free support for individuals on several items related to recovery, including FEMA appeals, unemployment insurance, SNAPP and other benefits programs, etc: https://t.co/kMrys4mEH0
Disaster Unemployment Assistance: Residents who plan to file a claim for Disaster Unemployment Assistance should first file a traditional unemployment insurance claim. https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=430596555779658&set=a.222238219948827
Sales Tax Refunds: Kentuckians in counties included in the federal disaster declaration for individual assistance are eligible to request a refund of Kentucky sales and use tax paid on the purchase of building materials.
The materials must be permanently installed to repair or replace structures damaged by flooding. The sales tax refunds are good for purchases made on or after the date of the disaster declaration for individual relief up to $6,000 in tax per building. More details and link to KY Revenue site: https://www.wymt.com/2022/08/02/sales-tax-refund-individuals-impacted-by-flooding
Flood Loans from the Mountain Association: Because we know the above options may take many days to sort through and get funds in your account, we want to provide an option to business owners and nonprofit leaders who need to cover expenses now. Eligible businesses & organizations can apply for a flood relief loan from Mountain Association for up to $5,000. Please find information here: https://mtassociation.org/lending/flood-relief/
Our hearts are with our mountain communities.
– Mountain Association staff