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Grants to California Nonprofits, Special Districts, and School Districts for Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation Activities in Eligible Regions

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


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Geographic Focus
USA: California: Mendocino County

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/18/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $7,500 to California nonprofit organizations, special districts, tribes, and school districts for disaster preparedness and mitigation activities in eligible regions. The purpose of the program is to strengthen and support local communities before, during, and following disasters, and to develop prevention and response mechanisms to mitigate disaster hazards. Priority will be given to projects in the areas of community resiliency, disaster preparedness, and service continuity. Funds must serve Mendocino County.

The Community Foundation’s Board of Directors created the Community Response, Resiliency, and Preparedness Fund to create a more prepared and resilient community before disaster strikes. The goal of the Fund is to support disaster preparedness projects that make concrete steps to mitigate disaster hazards, such as fire-safe building and landscaping; projects that encourage communities to improve resiliency, i.e. emotionally, physically, and socially; and service continuity projects which support community centers, senior centers, health centers, and family resource centers with a priority for evacuation centers, or those who provide a critical gap in the local safety net services.

Funding priorities include but are not limited to: 

  • Disaster preparedness projects 
    • Workshops on fire-safe construction and landscaping for homeowners throughout 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. 
  • Community resiliency projects 
    • 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.
  • Service Continuity Projects 
    • Disaster planning and communications improvements.
    • Purchasing disaster readiness supplies, equipment and/or software to ensure business continuity in the face of disaster. 
    • Generator installation and/or other critical infrastructure improvements.


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 or 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 one year of operational history after receiving charitable status.
• Conduct business without discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, or religious affiliation.

The Community Foundation allows community groups to apply using a fiscal sponsor.

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-Proposal Conference
The Program Team will be holding two technical assistance workshops on Zoom for those who would like more information about the online application process.

- Application Workshop with simultaneous Spanish translation:
August 10, 2023 from 12:00-1:00 PM
Please note that this workshop will be recorded and posted to thewebsite.

- Application Workshop for Native/Indigenous Communities:
August 11, 2023 from 12:00-1:00 PM

You may request the registration link by emailing Hayley Moore at

This year the Community Foundation will also hold their Lunch and Learn Nonprofit Training Series. The first one will cover, “The How, When, and Why of Grant Seeking and Proposal Writing”
- On September 7, 2023 from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM at the Ukiah Valley Conference Center; and
- September 8, 2023 from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM at the Mendocino Coast Clinics

Other topics will include: Understanding nonprofit governance; soliciting major gifts; marketing, fundraising, and movement building; operations; human resources for small organizations; nonprofit finance and budgeting; diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI); unconscious bias and engaging with clients/ community; and strategic planning.

Pre-Application Information
The grant proposal submission deadline is 5:00 PM on September 18, 2023.

Grants recipients will be notified of an award by November 17, 2023.

Checks will be processed and mailed out by the new calendar year.

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 to receive feedback on their draft application, they must request an appointment and have the draft application available by September 8th. Appointments can be made with Meredith DeLucia.

The Community Foundation Board of Directors would like to acknowledge and celebrate awardees at regional grantee celebrations in April and May 2024. Recipients are encouraged to have staff and board members attend the appropriate check reception for your region.

If you received a Field-of-Interest Fund Grant in the prior year, your organization may be eligible to apply to this round of funding, provided it is from a different field of interest. Contact the Program Team with any questions about your eligibility.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Grant range $1,000-$7,500

Term of Contract
Timeline should begin near the award date for the program the applicant is applying to and conclude no later than one year from the award date.

Projects and/or activities supported by a field of interest grant should be concluded by November 1, 2024.

Contact Information
Apply online:

For questions about the guidelines or to receive feedback on individual proposals applicants may call Meredith DeLucia, Senior Program Officer, at (707) 468-9882 ext. 103 or email

For technical assistance and application questions, contact Hayley Moore, Program Associate, at (707) 468-9882 ext. 110 or email

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

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