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Doug O’Grady recently founded the Mohawk Avenue Saint Foundation to help Sandy victims.

“Our goal is to help rebuild houses — I don’t want people to leave,” he said, adding that he is concerned about the city returning to the economically depressed days of the 1970s and ’80s.

O’Grady said that he expects to receive official non-profit status within a few months, at which point he will launch an application grant process for homeowners. He expects to start awarding grants this summer, and the foundation has established a board of directors that includes local business owners and organizations to help facilitate the process.

“As that goes on, the more money that becomes available, the more I’ll give to people — the more I get, I’ll increase the amount that goes out to each person,” he said. “I want people to see where the money is going — if you give a contractor money for something specific, there’s transparency there and we can keep track of it. There are people out there that are cynical and they need to be. But I’m not making a dime off the Mohawk Avenue Saint Foundation — I just wanted to do it because I love this town. And I’ve been here from the beginning and I’m not leaving.”

O’Grady, who also serves as a representative for Oceansafe — a New York-based company that manufactures hurricane-resistant and environmentally friendly building materials, and became prominent for its work in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina — said that in the future, he hopes to take his nascent non-profit national.


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How does one get a grant of 5k?

Is it income based? Is it for folks with flood insurance? Is it for folks without flood insurance? Is it only for primary homes? Does it cover things not covered by FEMA/NYS rising?

What towns does it cover. Do you need to max out on your FEMA $31,900 amount to qualify.

Do you need receipts, does work have to be done by licensed contractors?

Mucking out mold with volunteers is different than asking folks to give you cash and then give out that cash.

I love that he is doing this!!!! I would like to donate some money, but oddly I also need a grant. Either way I would like more info before I donate or try to get the grant. My boiler/oil tank was oddly not covered at all by FEMA. I appealed but since I already max out my FEMA award I was denied. Does that mean I can get 5k automatically?

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