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Grants & Loans

Tax Relief in Disaster

State of CA


State Programs

California Forest Improvement Program 20 to 5,000 acres of forest land (home/landowner groups ok) for the improvement of all forest resources. CFIP Fact Sheet.

Disaster Assistance Programs with USDA.

Forest Health Grants for projects to proactively restore forest health in order to reduce greenhouse gases, to protect upper watersheds. Managed by CalFire.

Federal Programs

NRCS Disaster Assistance Programs, publications and resources.
Local office: 707-794-1242

Farm Service Agency Disaster Assistance Programs see also Programs at a Glance
Local office: 707-794-1242 ext 3


California IBank: Low interest and state-guaranteed business loans and microloans affected by the fires. Small businesses, including small farms, nurseries, agriculture-related enterprises and nonprofits that have suffered an economic loss and/or physical damage may apply for the Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program (DRLGP) which offers loans up to $1 million for Disaster Relief Borrowers. IBank is offering micro loans from $500 to $10,000 to businesses in declared disaster and emergency areas through its Jump Start Loan Program.

SBA's Disaster Loans SBA offers very low interest loan for homeowners, renters and non-farm businesses of all sizes, private nonprofits, homeowners and renters who suffered losses caused by a disaster.

NOTE: 11/5/2019 Kincade Fire has not been declared a federal disaster (yet) so SBA Disaster Loan is not available.

Visit: SBA Disaster Loan Assistance
Email: disastercustomerservice@sba.gov
Phone: (800) 659-2955
For the deaf or hard of hearing: (800) 577-8339

2019 Floods application deadlines: 

  • Physical Damage: May 20, 2019
  • Economic Injury: December 23, 2019

Free to apply, no obligation to take out loan if approved, but if deadline is missed, you won't have an opportunity to apply. Pro tip: apply for the loan and if you need it, it will be there. Apply online at SBA's secure website. SBA is a federal program. Not available for ag enterprises. 
For businesses: SBA has a local office at the Sonoma County Economic Development Board for information or assistance: 707-565-7170 or ethan.brown@sonoma-county.org.


  • Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program(NAP) financial assistance to producers of noninsurable crops to protect against natural disasters that result in lower yields or crop losses, or prevents crop planting. USDA FSA
  • Tree Assistance Program (TAP) eligible orchardists and nursery tree growers to replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, bushes, and vines lost by natural disasters. USDA FSA
  • Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program (WHIP) any crop, tree, bush or vine, damaged by a 2017 wildfire is eligible.
  • Farm Service Agency Programs listing of all FSA programs. This agency provides America’s farmers with a strong safety net through the administration of farm commodity and disaster programs including purchasing and delivery commodities for use in international humanitarian food programs.