The 2017 hurricane season was one of the most active seasons on record, with Hurricanes Irma and Harvey making direct hits on the U.S. mainland, as well as devastating Puerto Rico, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, and Cuba. Hurricane Maria made a direct pass over the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico as a Category 5 storm, devastating the area for the second time in the span of ten days. Hurricane Jose made an indirect pass on the Carolinas and the northern seaboard as it swept back out to sea.

flooded streets in Juana Matos, Puerto Rico
People walk in a flooded street next to damaged houses in Catano town, in Juana Matos, Puerto Rico, on September 21, 2017. Credit: Hector Retamal, AFP/Getty Images.


Though the transition from relief to recovery typically takes place four or five months after a U.S. disaster, that has not been the situation in the Caribbean. While tremendous work is occurring by federal and nongovernmental partners, significant relief work continues and mid- and long-term needs are still being determined. Given this unique situation—particularly in Puerto Rico and the USVI/BVI—CDP is adjusting our grantmaking timeline to incorporate a more rigorous, extended assessment and to reflect the complex on-the-ground situation.

Grantmaking Timeline

Approximately $3.4 million was donated to the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund.

September 2018 – Begin fund distribution

CDP is pleased to launch 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Recovery Fund request for proposal.

Request for Proposal Timeline:

  • July 1 to July 13: Letters of Intent (LOIs) will be accepted from all organizations meeting the criteria.
  • August 1: Invitation for full proposal to selected organizations
  • August 15: Full proposal deadline
  • September 21: Notification of award

Grant Committee

The grant committee for the CDP 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund includes:

Committee Chair: Lori J. Bertman, President and CEO of the Baton Rouge- based Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation. Lori is the Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of CDP.

Brennan Banks, Operations Manager, Hurricane Irma, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Dee Baecher-Brown, President, Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands

Janice Petrovich, Executive Director, Red de Fundaciones de Puerto Rico

Sara Moffitt, Program Officer, Crown Family Philanthropies

Javier E. Zapata-Rodríguez, Deputy Director for Economic Development, PathStone Enterprise Center

Bob Ottenhoff, President and CEO of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy


Grantees will be posted as grant funds are awarded.

Take Action

The CDP 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund allows donors to give now to support recovery needs that continue long after the media and public have moved away from this disaster. Please consider supporting the long-term recovery of those most in need.


For more information or for additional assistance, please contact:

Regine A. Webster
Vice President
(206) 972-0187