September 9, 2014 - UPDATED

There are a variety of types of financial assistance available for residents and business owners following the Napa Earthquake.

Earthquake Relief Loan - Redwood Credit Union

Loans of up to $5,000 for 12 months, interest free, are available to help with unexpected expenses resulting from the quake. Other types of loans are also available to assist local residents and businesses with earthquake related financial issues. Visit any Redwood Credit Union branch (Napa’s branch is located at 1705 First Street), or call 1-800-479-7928, Ext. 65588.

Chronicle of Season Sharing Fund

Assistance from the Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund is available to senior citizens (55+), disabled individuals and low to moderate-income families with dependent children who have a one-time critical need and who reside in Bay Area counties including Napa. Critical needs assistance is provided in the form of grants that are paid directly to the supplier of services, such as a landlord. To determine if you or someone you know qualifies, contact Napa County Health & Human Services Agency, 707-299-1890.

Napa County Landmarks Emergency Response Fund

This fund was created for the repair of Downtown Napa and Napa County’s damaged historic resources.  More information is available and donations can be made at www.napacountylandmarks.org.


Business Resources

SAFE-BIDCO

SAFE-BIDCO can assist any business it can through its government loan guarantee programs, which can be used to assist small business in obtaining construction loans and lines of credit. In addition to those guarantee programs, SAFE-BIDCO offers a number of direct-lending programs.  Please contact: 707-577-8621 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. More information is available at www.SAFE-BIDCO.com.

Kiva Zip

Kiva Zip is a San Francisco-based non-profit that makes 0% interest micro loans up to $10,000 with a three-year repayment term and six-month grace period to small business owners, entrepreneurs and farmers. Funds are sourced through crowdfunding. To see if your business qualifies, go to: https://zip.kiva.org/

Working Solutions

Working Solutions offers loans from $5,000 to $50,000 plus free business services like mentorship, legal advice and workshops; interest rates range from 8-10 percent with no hidden fees; no application fee and expedited application review to get your business back up and running. This is a September only special for earthquake recovery.  If interested, call 415-852-8499 or visit the website at www.workingsolutions.org.