RESOURCE LIST: Disaster Relief for Eastern Kentucky Small Businesses

FEMA 101

All business owners must complete an application for FEMA Assistance. You can access the application:

  • Online at

  • By calling 800-621-3362

  • By using the FEMA mobile app

FEMA may refer you to the Small Business Administration (SBA) to complete an SBA Disaster Loan application.

If referred to the SBA, a loan application must be completed and returned in order to be considered for a

loan, as well as for certain types of FEMA assistance. If the SBA finds that you cannot afford a loan, they will

automatically refer you to FEMA’s Individuals and Households program. Your file will be reviewed to determine if

you qualify for additional grant assistance.



Aside from assistance from government agencies, there are resources available to support small businesses

as you rebuild and reopen. If you are awarded any loans from organizations outlined below, this WILL NOT go

against any assistance provided by FEMA.


Mountain Association

Emergency Flood Loan

The Mountain Association’s Emergency Loan Fund is for businesses and nonprofits located in counties that have

been officially declared disaster areas, or that can demonstrate impacts to the business or organization from

the floods via photos or other information.

Loan Specifics

  • Amount: $1,000 to $5,000

  • Interest Rate: 3%

  • Interest Only for first 12 months

  • Term: Up to 5 years

  • No application fee, no closing costs, no collateral, no personal guaranty

The program is open until September 30, 2022, or until funds run out. We hope to make decisions within two to

10 business days once we have all required information, but please note there may be a delay depending on



How to Apply:

Apply here.


A member of the Mountain Association team will contact follow-up to review the application and discuss next steps.

More Information

Robert Allen, Lending Director or (859) 671-0242.



Emergency Business Loan

The Southeastern Kentucky Economic Development Corporation (SKED) created an Emergency Business Loan

program to support businesses impacted by the recent floods in Eastern Kentucky.

Loan Specifics

  • $5,000 maximum loan

  • 0% interest rate and no payments for 12 months (no interest accrual)

  • Three-year term with 4% on the final two years

  • Requires the personal guaranty of the principal owners

  • Proof of business being active at the time of flooding (July 26)

  • No collateral required

The loan program is open until November 1, 2022, or until funds are exhausted.


How to apply

Apply here.


More information

Bob Burgess, Director of Lending or(606) 677-6100


Community Ventures

Business Loans

Small Dollar Loan Program

Home Sweet Home Program

Opening Doors Down Payment Assistance Program

Community Ventures offers the Small Dollar Loan Program, Home Sweet Home Program, and Opening Doors

Down Payment Assistance Program.


Loan Specifics (contact one of the individuals below for more specifics or to apply)

• Business loans range from $500 to $5 million; some geographic restrictions apply.

Qualifying information and loan terms vary depending on the size and type of loan.

• The Small Dollar Loan Program is for personal needs and has flexible qualifying guidelines.

The maximum amount is $2,500 with a term of 2 years.

• Home Sweet Home Program is for home repairs/rehab.

The maximum loan amount is $50,000.

• Opening Doors provides $10,500 in down payment assistance to purchase a home.

Manufactured homes are not eligible unless permanently attached and classified as real estate.


More information

  • Barb Harper at

  • Lew Whalen at

  • Brenda Weaver at

You can also call (859) 231-0054 or 800-299-0267.


Kentucky Highlands Investment Corp.

SOAR Farm Loan

The SOAR Farm Loan is a low-interest financing resource designed to assist small producers grow healthy,

nutritional foods so that they can move into commercial production. Loan funds can be in almost any manner

to help further the grower’s venture. Examples include production equipment, Grow Appalachia hoop houses,

farmer market or roadside stands, seed and fertilizer, coolers and processing equipment and many other items

needed for production.

The SOAR Farm Loan program is open to any grower in Kentucky’s 54 Appalachian Regional Commission

designated counties.

Loan specifics

  • $7,500 maximum amount.

  • Interest rate fixed at 1%

  • Interest-only is available for the first year of the loan

  • Loan term up to 4 years

  • Loans will be collateralized with assets financed


How to apply

Apply here.


More information

Michael Hayes

(606) 864-5175


Micro Enterprise Loan

The Micro Enterprise Loan Fund was created at Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation (KHIC) to address

the needs of small business start-ups and expansion projects. Aside from the financing the client receives

from KHIC, the added bonus of the provision of technical assistance will be included for each client. Loans

and technical assistance are limited to only those operating in KHIC’s service area. This is a 22-county region

comprised of Bell, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Estill, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lincoln,

Madison, McCreary, Owsley, Perry, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell, Wayne, and Whitley.

Loan Specifics

  • $50,000 maximum amount

  • Eligible business types: Industrial, Service, Commercial

  • Applicant’s personal credit rating will be factored into the loan decision

  • Applicant must be the business owner or a senior partner in the business


How to apply

Apply here.


More information

Joey Carter

(606) 864-5175


Kentucky Small Business Development Center

The Kentucky Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers a variety of services for business owners. They

have created some specific content to help business owners navigate challenging times.

For assistance, call (606) 716-6060.

Our Business Coaches Are Available To Help You Navigate Disaster Assistance Programs And Develop A Plan For


Find your nearest SBDC office here.



Appalachian Crisis Aid Fund for Families, Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Social Enterprises

Individuals or families impacted by the flooding are eligible for up to $250.


The Appalachian Crisis Aid Fund is an established fund at the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky to respond

directly to disasters that unravel the fabric of communities in Appalachian Kentucky. The Appalachian Impact

Fund and the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky in partnership with CEDIK and Invest 606 are making

direct grants generally up to $10,000 to businesses, nonprofits, and social enterprises that have experienced

damage and/or shutdowns from flooding in the primary counties of Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Knott, Perry, and Pike.

Organizations in adjacent counties of Bell, Harlan, Jackson, Johnson, Knox, Laurel, Lee, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley,

and Wolfe may also be considered depending on availability of funds.

Grant Specifics

  • Individuals or families impacted by the flooding are eligible for up to $250

  • Small businesses, nonprofits, and social enterprises impacted by the flooding are eligible for grants of

generally up to $10,000

  • This is a grant and does not have to be repaid

  • Applications will be reviewed and funds distributed on a weekly basis


How to apply

Apply here.

Applicants may also come to the

Foundation’s office at 420 Main St., Hazard, KY.


More information

Geoff Marietta

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