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Community Resiliency and Preparedness Fund

Grants to California Nonprofits and Public Entities for Post-
Disaster Recovery and Ongoing Access to Services in Eligible Areas

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Community Foundation of Mendocino County (CFMC)

Deadline Date:

12/16/19 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $10,000 and grants of up to $20,000 to California nonprofit organizations and public entities for post-disaster recovery programs in eligible areas and to improve resilience within the community. Funding is intended to support coordinated, effective, and realistic planning, reduce duplication of efforts, and increase the overall effectiveness of disaster preparedness activities in Mendocino County communities. The two categories of funding are Small Projects and Service Continuity Projects.

Small Project Grants:  

  • 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;
  • 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.

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 homeowners throughout the region;
  • Organizational collaboration to work with homeowners, and city and county organizations to assess and prevent wildfire threat to the Western hills of the Ukiah Valley; and
  • Funding for local emergency response organizations to be fully equipped and better prepared to respond in case of a disaster.

Service Continuity Projects: Ensuring that vulnerable populations have continued access to services throughout a disaster is critical for isolated, rural areas as well as in urban centers across Mendocino County. Service providers include community centers, senior centers, family resource centers, and health centers. 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.

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. Service Continuity grant recipients will be required to execute a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Community Foundation to facilitate further disaster response.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184729

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Category One: Small Projects: award range $1,000-$10,000 (no match required)
Category Two: Service Continuity Projects: award range $10,000 - $20,0000 (match required)

Term of Contract:

Projects and/or activities supported by a Field-of-Interest grant should be concluded by April 1, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In 2020, the Community Foundation is accepting proposals from nonprofit organizations and public entities.

Priority will be given to organizations that do not have an open 2019 Community Resiliency and Preparedness grant. For organizations with an active 2019 Community Resiliency and Preparedness grant, an interim report is required on the progress of the active grant, and the active grant project must be completed by the end of March 2020. In addition, 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:

Deadline for Submission: December 16, 2019, by 5:00 PM.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply at least 5 days in advance of the deadline to resolve any technical difficulties or unforeseen internet connectivity issues.

Applicants may email Rose Bell if they have remaining questions or
would like feedback on their individual proposals after carefully reading the grant guidelines. For technical assistance applicants may contact Allison Findley.

Grant proposals for $5,000 or more will have two stages of review: an initial review and a site visit. Applicants whose proposals are not competitive after the initial round of review will be notified by January 31, 2020. Those who make it to the second round of review may expect a site visit in late January or early February by members of the review committee and staff of the Community Foundation. A site visit is in no way a guarantee of funding. Grants recipients will be notified of award by March 15, 2020.

Applications are required to contribute an organizational match for proposed Category Two: Service Continuity projects. Organizations should be prepared to contribute 25% of the total project budget. Match may be from operating or other funds. In-kind donation of labor for the equipment installation does not satisfy the match criteria. Additionally, product specifications and cost estimates as they are known at the time of the application are required.

The Community Foundation Board of Directors will recognize the grant awards at regional check receptions and grantees are encouraged to attend. For a list of dates, see:

Applicant Tutorial:

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Contact Information:

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

To apply online:

If you believe your organization already has a profile but you are unsure of the login information, DO NOT create a new profile. Instead, please contact

Rose Bell:

Allison Findley:

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

Grant Coverage Areas:

Western hills of the Ukiah Valley

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Mendocino County