Register with FEMA (it is possible that churches can register as a non-profit organization which provides you with information and access to additional resources). This is unclear at this point. However, it is worth getting in line, just in case: disasterassistance.gov (See news article)
Small Business Administration (SBA) offers low income federal loans for small businesses, private non-profits [including, churches], homeowners and renters. Go to sba.gov/disaster-assistance. [09/19 Note: NPR reported this morning that receiving a Small Business Administration loan may negatively impact the amount of funding that can be obtained from a FEMA grant. Please confirm any impact before completing the application.]
Churches, the Small Business Administration Load may be a resource for your congregations. During times of declared disaster, such as Hurricane Harvey, churches area eligible for this loan.
Contact the State Conventions (Southern Baptists of Texas Convention or Texas Baptists/BGCT) to inquire about the availability of loans, grants, or disaster relief funds.
Texas Baptists Church Architecture Department for a description of resources. Contact the office directly for application. Keith Crouch, Director, (214) 828-5127 or email, email@example.com
Southern Baptists of Texas Convention
Oldham Little Church Foundation is a grant-funding ministry that addresses the needs of smaller protestant evangelical congregations. Only online applications are accepted. oldhamlcf.org
SBTC Texas Rebuild is a long-term recovery ministry of Southern Baptists of Texas dedicated to assisting with the rebuilding of both church facilities and pastor's homes damaged by the Hurricane Harvey flood event. (website)
Texas Baptist Men Builders provides a volunteer ministry assisting churches with rebuilding facilities. To apply for a project team, complete this application online.
Architectural Consultations are provided through the Texas Baptists Architectural Department. Contact Karen Young at 214.828.5135 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Licensed architects can visit on site to help you determine if re-design is needed. There is no fee, but a love offering or donation of any amount is appreciated.
Long Term Partnerships
Sign up for the Adopt-A-Church partnership program with Southern Baptists of Texas Convention.
Sign up for the Church to Church partnership ministry with Texas Baptists. Online Signup
Navigating resources from multiple streams and denominational ministries can be confusing. If you don't know what resources might be available to the congregation, contact email@example.com, and we'll get a consultant in contact with you to help you explore available resources from these many sources.