Disaster Declaration

On March 31, 2020, the Trump Administration approved Governor Mike DeWine’s request for a major disaster declaration for Ohio in response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. This will open a new funding resource and authorities through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help the state respond.  The President approved Public Assistance funds for the state.  Gov. DeWine’s request for Individual Assistance, including FEMA’s Crisis Counseling Program and Disaster Unemployment Assistance, remains under review.

As stated on FEMA’s website: Public Assistance Federal funding is available to the state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures (Category B), including direct federal assistance under Public Assistance, for all areas in the state of Ohio affected by COVID-19 at a federal cost share of 75 percent.

For more information on applying for a disaster assistance loan, visit SBA's website here: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance