CWC offers $100,000 to help non-profits with flood damage

By Jay Braman Jr.
Non-profit groups that that suffered damage during tropical storms Irene and Lee back in late summer 2011 and got left holding the bag for repairs can now get up to $10,000 each from the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC).

The CWC has money left over from a $5 million fund it set up immediately following those storms to help businesses that were damaged. With money still left in the pot, it was decided to take some and offer it the many non-profit organizations that were equally injured. Those groups interested had better jump on the offer though. The CWC has only allocated $100,000 for the program.
According to a prepared statement issued by CWC on Thursday, such organizations have until April 30 to apply. Forms may be obtained by contacting the economic development office at the CWC at 586-1400.

CWC Attorney Timothy Cox said the idea for the program came from CWC staff. “Two days after Irene we were out there,” he said Friday. “We saw the damage to those organizations.”
Groups such as non-profit theaters, VFW Halls, and museums who suffered damage to their buildings may receive some assistance, he added.

Not-for-profit (501-c-3) organizations and state-chartered museums that own buildings in the New York City Catskill or Delaware watersheds are targeted for the program, which was approved by the CWC Board of Directors in January.
The money is left over from what is called 2011 Flood Recovery Grant Program to help for-profit enterprises.

That $5 million program provided a maximum of $30,000 to businesses for labor and materials needed to repair walls, floors, foundations, windows and fixed improvements damaged in the storms of August 28 and September 9.

More than $3 million
“During 2012, the CWC provided more than $3 million in grant aid to businesses that suffered flood damage,” said CWC Executive Director Alan Rosa Thursday. “Our board of directors decided to allocate some of the unexpended funds in that program to non-profit organizations and history centers, knowing they, too, have been badly damaged and in many cases are still struggling to pay for repairs.”

When the program for businesses was developed in 2011, it allocated funds for each of the five counties in the Catskill-Delaware New York City Watershed, based on the percentage of watershed land in each county.

Ulster County received up to $1,029,500, while Greene will received up to $931,500. The supervisors of watershed towns in each county decided how to divide their county’s allocation among affected municipalities, and it was up the supervisors to provide the Catskill Watershed Corp. with a list of businesses needing reconstruction help.

CWC Attorney Timothy Cox said Friday that none of those rules apply to the new, non-profit fund. “They just need to contact us directly,” he said.

Non-profit applicants who can document expenditures for the repair or replacement of structures may be reimbursed. Ineligible expenses include labor costs or inventory losses, or losses already reimbursed by insurance, government aid or other grants. Structures or the portions of structures used for residential and/or religious purposes are also ineligible for reimbursement.