SBA Offers Caldor Fire Survivors Disaster Assistance


Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to California businesses and residents affected by the Caldor Fire that occurred Aug. 14 – Oct. 21, 2021, announced Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman of the U.S. Small Business Administration. SBA acted under its own authority to declare this disaster in to a request SBA received from Gov. Gavin Newsom.

The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Alpine, Amador, El Dorado, Placer and Sacramento counties in California; and Douglas County in Nevada.

“SBA’s mission-driven team stands ready to help California’s small businesses and residents impacted by the Caldor Fire,” said Administrator Guzman. “We’re committed to providing federal disaster loans swiftly and efficiently, with a customer-centric approach to help businesses and communities recover and rebuild.”

“Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters whose property was damaged or destroyed by this disaster,” said SBA’s Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West. “Beginning Monday, Dec. 13, SBA customer service representatives will be on hand at the following Disaster Loan Outreach Center to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each individual complete their application,” Garfield continued. The center will be open on the days and times indicated below until further notice. No appointment is necessary.

EL DORADO COUNTY: Disaster Loan Outreach Center

  • Green Valley Church – Room #304
  • 3500 Missouri Flat Road
  • Placerville, CA 95667
  • Mondays – Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Thursdays, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Opens 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13

Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to businesses and homeowners to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

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

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

Interest rates can be as low as 2.855 percent for businesses, 2 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 1.563 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.

The deadline to apply for property damage is Feb. 7, 2022. The deadline to apply for economic injury is Sept. 12, 2022.