Some Businesses Say Sandy Grant Process Is Daunting

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
August 30, 2013

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During visits to the Jersey Shore this week, Governor Christie has been urging businesses to apply for grants to help them recover from Superstorm Sandy.

Some small business owners say demand for the grants would be higher if the process of getting one weren't so daunting.

Kristen Scalia owns Kanibal Home, a women’s apparel and home goods store in Jersey City. She says flooding from Sandy caused more than $50,000 in damage.

She filed the paperwork to get a grant, but four weeks later she hasn’t heard from the representative that was assigned to help her.

“I finally make a couple of phone calls, found out that person wasn’t there any longer, they were no longer answering their emails. I got forwarded along to someone else who is away on vacation. I called back again after a week, there’s still been nothing, and that’s where I am right now.”

Scalia is still hoping to get the grant money.

“If the state is actually able to come in and help us and to give some kind of grants or some kind of relief funding, that would be amazing and that can really help our businesses grow, but I’m not counting on anything.”

Sandy flooded Jason Morris' photography business in Forked River. He says the grant application process is difficult to understand.

“They don’t get back to you right away whether it’s email or by voicemail. This is going to cost me about three or four thousand dollars to get this grant, and I might not get it because they’re not being completely upfront with saying that you definitely qualify for it and you may not.”


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