Midland Arts Center gets extension until next January to apply for FEMA funding

On Wednesday, U.S. Representative Dan Kildee, D-Flint, and U.S. Representative John Moolenaar, R-Midland, announced in a press release that the Midland Center for the Arts (MCFTA) will be granted an extension until next January. to apply for the federal government. assistance to repair severe flood damage caused by the failure of the Edenville and Sanford dams in May 2020.

Following the dam failures and flooding, Kildee and Moolenaar worked to secure a major disaster declaration for Midland and Saginaw counties, allowing MCFTA to be eligible to apply for the State Assistance Program. US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

However, due to the impact of COVID-19 on the staffing and operations of some federal agencies, the CMFTA did not have everything the federal government needed to submit its application. Thus, Kildee and Moolenaar worked to ensure that the MCFTA would not be penalized for events beyond its control and delays by the federal government. As a result, FEMA has extended the application deadline to January 8, 2023.

“This 428 expansion with FEMA will allow us the most flexibility to move forward with repair and flood mitigation for all Center facilities,” noted MCFTA COO Jon Loos. “We are extremely grateful to Congressman Kildee, Congressman Moolenaar and their staff for helping us get the time we need to move our planning process forward.”

“The Midland Center for the Arts is a vital cultural institution in our community,” Kildee said. “In Congress, I am working to ensure he is eligible for federal assistance to recover from the recent flooding. I will continue to work to bring federal resources back to my home in central Michigan to assist with county recovery efforts. of Midland after the floods.”

“I am grateful that FEMA has granted an extension to the Midland Center for the Arts to aid in its ongoing recovery from the 2020 floods,” Moolenaar said. “I led efforts to bring reconstruction and relief funds to the region for homeowners, small businesses and local governments, and that work continues every day.”

William E. Bennett