WHITESBORO, N.Y. – The village of Whitesboro is seeking FEMA funding to help small businesses in areas with frequent flooding.
In September, a federal buyout program made $20 million available to purchase homes in flood-prone areas of Whitesboro.
Mayor Robert Friedlander says now that residents have received much-needed assistance, the focus is shifting to small businesses.
“The recent project that was sponsored by the Town of Whitestown that secured $20 Million in funding for residential property acquisition in the village is a huge win for residents that have continued to suffer the effects of the repeated flooding,” he said. “We are looking to keep the positive momentum going by pursuing relief for businesses.”
The funds would come from the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Programs, which has $3.7 million available for acquire property in areas that are impacted by severe flooding.
“With $20 Million already secured for homeowners, we had to find a way to help the small businesses that have suffered as well,” Friedlander said. “$3.7 Million to be awarded and disbursed statewide will make this grant extremely competitive, but there is no way that we were going to let that deter us from going after it.”
The village has hired the MRB Group to help secure the grant funding.
“We need to put our best foot forward as we pursue these limited funds. Retaining the best of the best with the MRB Group is the only way for us to do that, and set our application apart from the others,” Friedlander said.
Whitesboro businesses will have until Jan. 6 to submit applications of intent to the village. Business owners looking for more information can call the Village Office at 315-736-1613.