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Applications and process announced for Ellicott City flood assistance

September 13, 2016

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – The #ECStrong Recovery Fund Committee announced its work is complete on developing procedures and applications for distributing relief funds donated to the United Way of Central Maryland (UWCM) and the Ellicott City Partnership (ECP) following the July 30 flood that devastated the historic district. 

“I want to thank Councilmember Jon Weinstein, who chaired the committee, along with all the members who served,” said County Executive Allan H. Kittleman, who established the committee in August. “During six public meetings, they developed a thoughtful and fair process that will allow individuals, households, property owners and business owners to apply for grants to assist them in recovery and rebuilding. The outpouring of support from the community has been overwhelming and we want to make sure that money gets to those who need it.”

To be eligible for #ECStrong Recovery Fund assistance from the Ellicott City Partnership or United Way, applicants must be directly impacted by the July 30 flood. The impact must have occurred within ECP’s geographic mission area for individuals, businesses, or property owners to be eligible for the funds raised by the organization. Individual applicants seeking humanitarian assistance, including those who live outside the ECP mission area are eligible for funds raised by the UWCM. Since the flood, over $300,000 has been donated to the United Way and $800,000 to the Ellicott City Partnership. 

”The flood has had a significant impact on so many people and I’m hopeful that the grants will help individuals and the community in the recovery process,” said Council Vice Chairman and Recovery Fund Committee Chair Jon Weinstein. “I’m grateful for the seriousness and speed with which the Committee performed its work. Also, I want to thank the EC Partnership and United Way of Central Maryland for their fundraising efforts and for the critical work to provide these grants. I believe that the Committee’s work has provided important guidance to these two organizations as they developed their applications and funding priorities and begin to distribute grants.”

Grants are available (subject to the availability of funds) for those who are uninsured or underinsured, have necessary expenses and serious needs and are unable to meet those expenses or needs through other available resources. Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete on-line applications available at expected to be available beginning this week. Check the website for the application deadline. As needed, forms can also be downloaded from this site to be completed and emailed to Questions regarding the applications can also be directed to this email address. Applicants requiring assistance with completing the application should contact the Community Action Council who will provide one-on-one support at the Gateway Building, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, MD 21046 and will provide phone support by calling 410-313-6440.

Grants are capped at $1,500 for individuals and up to $15,000 for business and property owners. Additional information about the grant amounts, eligibility, application process, as well as a guide to additional resources is available at the ECP website shown above.