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MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – (Wednesday, December 28, 2022) – Berkeley County has been approved for two separate federal loan assistance programs to help cover the cost of damages sustained by Hurricane Ian this past fall.

Farm Service Agency Emergency Loan Assistance: Berkeley County is one of three counties in South Carolina that the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture has declared as a primary natural disaster area due to damage and losses caused by Hurricane Ian between September 30 and October 1, 2022.

As a result of this declaration, eligible family farmers in the state may qualify for Farm Service Agency emergency loan assistance, which is available to any applicant, with a qualifying loss in Berkeley County, through July 31, 2023. For more information and/or to apply, call 803-806-3820.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Assistance: Berkeley County also received a Presidential disaster declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration, allowing businesses to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans.

For more information about Economic Injury Disaster Loans and eligibility and/or to apply, go HERE. You may also contact the following: A. Escobar, Office of Disaster Assistance, U.S. Small Business Administration, 409 3rd Street SW., Suite 6050, Washington, DC 20416, (202) 205-6734.

The deadline to apply is August 21, 2023. You may also submit completed loan applications to the following: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155

PLEASE NOTE: Assistance is not available for housing and/or individual residents.


-Prepared by the Berkeley County Public Information Office-