Help for Organizations Recovering from Hurricane Sandy

To our members who may have experienced physical damages to facilities due to Hurricane Sandy, we are wishing you well and want to pass on the following information regarding disaster relief assistance, which may be available to nonprofit organizations.

As of July 2007, FEMA officially issued guidance clarifying that “performing arts facilities” are eligible for disaster relief.  The League was a lead advocate for this policy improvement.  Please see the resources posted on our website, including a copy of the FEMA policy and links to further background information about accessing disaster relief funds.  

And if you have not already let us know how you are doing, please contact your liaison or Member Services. We have been asked to report back to foundations and others on how orchestras have been affected. Also, please feel welcome to contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. team for general questions related to FEMA eligibility, or to report on your experience in seeking disaster relief funds.

New York City has announced briefing sessions for potential disaster relief applicants (see below).  To find out the first steps for potential applicants in your area, please consider contacting your member of Congress.

New York City Applicant Briefing

President Obama has signed a Major Disaster Declaration authorizing FEMA to provide Public Assistance to government and eligible Private Not for Profit (PNP) groups.

FEMA is offering four application briefing sessions for organizations that wish to apply for Public Assistance.  

There are four upcoming briefings scheduled at 49 - 51 Chambers Street in Manhattan, as follows:  

Friday, November 16
Session I: 10am - 12pm
Session II: 2pm - 4pm

Monday, November 19
Session I: 10am - 12pm
Session II: 2pm - 4pm

At the Applicant Briefing, a FEMA representative will provide an overview of its Public Assistance program and eligibility criteria.  If you have not already done so, you will also have an opportunity to complete a one-page Request for Public Assistance (RPA) form that will register your organization as a FEMA applicant.  

After the Applicant Briefing, and once you are registered, a FEMA representative will contact you directly to schedule a Kick-Off meeting.  This is when you will discuss damages and costs specific to your organization.

To RSVP for a FEMA Applicant Briefing, please complete the RSVP form here >>. (Limit two attendees per organization.)

Please note:  FEMA determines whether a Private Non-Profit (PNP) is eligible.  This is an evolving process, and categories of eligibility may change as the specifics of Hurricane Sandy's impact become clearer.  We strongly encourage you to attend an Applicant Briefing regardless of whether or not your organization type is listed as eligible in FEMA guidelines.

NEA Guide to Hurricane Sandy Relief Resources