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SBA Approves Governor Henry McMaster’s Request for Disaster Assistance

June 26, 2024

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Following Governor Henry McMaster's June 21 request, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today that South Carolina's businesses and residents affected by the June 10 severe weather are eligible to apply for low-interest disaster loans. The declaration covers Berkeley County and the adjacent counties of Charleston, Clarendon, Dorchester, Georgetown, Orangeburg, and Williamsburg. 

To assist businesses and residents affected by the disaster, the SBA will open a Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) in Berkeley County at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 1, 2024, as indicated below:  

Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC)
Berkeley County

Sangaree Library 
595 Sangaree Parkway 
Summerville, S.C. 29486 

Opening: Monday, July 1, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Hours:    Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

   Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Closed:  Sundays

Closed Thursday, July 4 for Independence Day

Permanently Closes: Friday, July 19 at 6 p.m.

Customer Service Representatives will be available at the Center to answer questions about the disaster loan program and help individuals complete their applications.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. EIDL assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.

Loans up to $500,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for loans up to $100,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.  

Applicants may be eligible for a loan amount increase of up to 20% of their physical damages, as verified by the SBA for mitigation purposes. Eligible mitigation improvements may include a safe room or storm shelter, sump pump, French drain or retaining wall to help protect property and occupants from future damage.

Interest rates are as low as 4% for businesses, 3.25% for nonprofit organizations, and 2.688% for homeowners and renters, with terms of up to 30 years. Interest does not begin to accrue, and monthly payments are not due, until 12 months from the date of the initial disbursement. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant's financial condition.

Applicants may apply online and receive additional disaster assistance information at Applicants may also call SBA's Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email for more information on SBA disaster assistance. For people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, please dial 7-1-1 to access telecommunications relay services.

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is August 23, 2024. The deadline to return economic injury applications is March 24, 2025.