How to Apply for Disaster Relief Assistance

The New York Credit Union Foundation provides support to credit unions, employees and volunteers who have been impacted by Hurricane Maria. This grant program is enacted on an emergency or as needed basis.


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Application Process

The application should be completed and submitted electronically, with all necessary information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you are unable to submit electronically, please mail all necessary documentation, including completed cover sheet to:

The New York Credit Union Foundation – Grants
PO Box 15118
Albany, New York 12212-5118

Please contact our Member Relations team at (800) 342-9835, ext. 8546 with any questions.

Grant Range

For individuals: $500 - $1,500 per credit union employee and volunteer.
For credit unions: Up to $2,500 per credit union.

Eligibility Requirements

All credit unions, employees and volunteers located in Puerto Rico and associate member credit unions of the New York Credit Union Association located in the Caribbean.
Use of Grant Funds

Through assistance with the Foundation and the National Credit Union Foundation, disaster relief funds can be used for a broad range of disaster-related needs as identified by credit unions in affected areas and approved by the Foundation. These needs include, but are not limited to the following items:

  • Critical Needs – Credit union employees and volunteers can receive assistance for items for daily living such as, but not limited to food, water, ice, batteries, clothing, diapers, temporary shelter, housing, gas and transportation.
  • Longer-term Recovery Needs – After surviving the initial emergency, credit union employees and volunteers may still face long-term needs related to the disaster. Even after they recover what they can from insurance payouts, victims may need assistance rebuilding or relocating to a new home, replacing lost vehicles and household items.
  • Reasonable Operational Needs – While the Foundation’s first priority in disaster relief grant-making is to assist credit union employees and volunteers, assistance may also be provided directly to credit unions and their support organizations in order to help them become and remain operational. Operational expenses related to disaster recovery may include items such as relocating, setting up temporary service facilities, hiring temporary staff, mentoring and counseling traumatized staff, repairing building damage, replacing destroyed computer software/hardware, office furniture, office supplies, and other needs that are not fully covered by insurance. All purchases must be reasonable and of the same standards as being replaced.

Grant Award Limits

The grant award limit is $1,500 per credit union employee or volunteer. For credit unions applying for grants, the limit is $2,500 per credit union.

These guidelines are subject to modification at any time and are contingent upon the availability of funds. Unique circumstances may result in grant awards beyond the guidelines listed and by applying for a Disaster Relief Grant does not guarantee funding or the full funding allotment.