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Field-of-Interest Funds - Community Resiliency and Preparedness Fund

Grants to California Nonprofits, Agencies, and School Districts
to Improve Disaster Preparedness in Eligible Regions

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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The Community Foundation of Mendocino County (CFMC)

Deadline Date:

09/15/21 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $7,500 to California nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and school districts for projects that improve disaster preparedness in eligible regions. Eligible project types include service continuity projects, community resiliency projects, and disaster preparedness projects. Projects must benefit residents of Mendocino County.

Disaster preparedness projects should support concrete steps to mitigate disaster hazards, such as fire-safe building and landscaping. Examples of disaster preparedness grants include:

  • Workshops on fire-safe construction and landscaping for homeownersthroughout the region;
  • Organizational collaboration to work with homeowners, city and county organizations to assess and prevent wildfire threat; and
  • Funding for local emergency response organizations to be fully equipped and better prepared to respond in case of a disaster. Please note that equipment grants must include product specifications and cost estimates as they are known at the time of the application.

Community resiliency projects should support Mendocino County communities to encourage and improve community resilience following a disaster. These grants focus on building resiliency and systems to help communities recover emotionally, physically and socially. Examples of resiliency grants include:

  • Activities that offer long-term benefit in supporting emotional, physical, or social recovery;
  • Supporting a community study to allow a Municipal Advisory Council (or other local governing bodies) to develop a long-term plan for the community;
  • Establishing or further developing local Volunteer or Community Organizations Active in a Disaster (COAD) teams; and
  • Assisting with a community resilience assessment to specifically evaluate the physical, economic, and social implications of community decisions (either active or passive) made with respect to recovery needs following a disaster.

Service Continuity Projects include community centers, senior centers, family resource centers, and health centers. Priority will be given to applicants who are identified evacuation centers, serve vulnerable populations, or provide a critical gap in local safety net services. Geographical diversity will also be a primary criterion. Projects that will enable these facilities to remain open and functional include but are not limited to:

  • Generator installation;
  • Disaster planning;
  • Communications improvements;
  • Purchasing software to ensure business continuity in the face of disaster;
  • Disaster readiness supplies or equipment; and
  • Other critical infrastructure improvements. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184729

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$75,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant range $1,000-$7,500

Term of Contract:

Projects and/or activities supported by a Field-of-Interest grant should be concluded by November 1, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

City and county entities will be considered on a request-by-request basis. All other applicant organizations must:
• Serve residents of Mendocino County. Applicants not headquartered in Mendocino County must ensure that all grant dollars requested are spent within the County;
• Be legally chartered in California and in possession of determination letter from the IRS declaring the organization a public charity that is exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3); or be a school district, tribe, or special district (e.g. community services, recreation, fire protection); or have an aligned mission with a fiscal sponsor;
• Have two years of operational history;
• Conduct business without discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, or religious affiliation.

Applicants may not use grants for:
• Political contributions or to support political campaigns or lobbying;
• Influencing the outcome of or participate in any public election or to carry on, directly or indirectly, any voter registration drive;
• Purposes other than those which are religious, charitable, scientific, literary, or educational within the meaning of Section 170 (c)(2)(B) of the Internal Revenue Code;
• Purposes other than those stated in the grant award.

Pre-Application Information:

The grant proposal submission deadline is 5:00 p.m. on September 15th, 2021.

Grant proposals for $5,000 or more will have two stages of review: an initial review and a site visit. Site visits may be made in-person, by phone, or virtually. Site visit is in no way a guarantee of funding. Applicants whose proposals are not competitive after the initial round of review will be notified by October 15, 2021.

Grants recipients will be notified of award by November 15, 2021.

Awardees will receive grant checks by mid-December of 2021.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply at least five days in advance of the deadline to resolve any technical difficulties or unforeseen internet connectivity issues.

If an applicant would like a staff review, application drafts must be available by September 1st.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=mendocinocountygrants

Questions about eligibility, guidelines or the application may be directed to Allison Findley, Program Officer, at (707) 468-9882 x103.

The Community Foundation of Mendocino County
204 South Oak Street
Ukiah, CA 95482
Phone: (707) 468-9882

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