Collection: Government Spending
Description: The Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) are a program of the Small Business Administration. EIDL loans are typically given to relieve the economic strain of natural disasters on local economies. The Investigative Reporting Workshop has obtained a copy of EIDL loan disbursement from Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. (IRE), which they originally obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request. The raw data set can be purchased from IRE/NICAR for $150: > NICAR receives this data as an Access database from the SBA through a FOIA request; we do not reformat or clean the data in any way. For the Access file we change the names of the tables to make them easier to use; for the CSV format we simply export the tables as comma-delimited files with double quote text qualifiers… > Disaster loans from the Small Business Administration are the primary form of federal assistance for non-farm, private-sector disaster losses. For this reason, the disaster loans program is the only form of SBA assistance not limited to small businesses. Disaster loans from SBA help homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and nonprofit organizations finance their rebuilding. The data identifies the borrower, the disaster, the amount and, for business borrowers, whether the loan was paid in full or deemed uncollectible.