Meet Our California Wildfires Recovery Fund Grantee Partners

The California Wildfires Recovery Fund provides funding to organizations assisting survivors to rebuild and recover from devastating wildfires.

Photo courtesy of Community Action Partnership Sonoma County, a 2019 California Wildfires grantee partner.

All Hands and Hearts was awarded $150,000 to help the people of Butte County and other fire-affected communities recover from past wildfires and mitigate risks from future fires. They will accelerate work on creating a fuel break around the town of Paradise by expanding the capacity of the Butte Co. FireSafe Council. Additionally, they will create defensible spaces around homes and make parks, other public areas and campgrounds safer and less susceptible to wildfires by performing forest management activities. Finally, they operate an ongoing sawyer (chainsaw) training program to supply skilled staff and volunteers for mitigation activities in Butte Co. and can replicate or migrate the activities to other places in California as needed.

Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies (COPE) Northern Sonoma County received $100,000 to fund a project coordinator/grants administrator and outreach coordinator to help build organizational capacity for the recovery process. Funds also provide for defensible space clearing to prevent the spread of future fires.

Humboldt Area Foundation was awarded $250,000 to subgrant to local organizations serving the most marginalized populations in their four-county service area significantly affected by last season’s fires. A portion of these funds will support local Indigenous communities most disproportionately affected by the fires and have limited access to resources. Some funding for this grant comes from the CDP COVID-19 Response Fund to support recovery from the layered effects of multiple disasters on these communities.

La Familia Sana received $150,000 to provide group and individual mental health counseling to members of the Latinx community who have been devastated by the loss of income due to wildfires and the cascading impacts of stress, depression and anxiety arising from concerns over necessities such as food security, housing, health and the effects on family life. Unresolved mental health issues that arose from past fires are exacerbated by the current extreme drought and fears of fires.

Latino Community Foundation (LCF) was awarded $200,000 to LCF’s Wildfire Relief and Love Not Fear funds. The Wildfire Relief Fund supports Latino-led grassroots organizations on the frontlines of relief and recovery efforts. Funding provides emergency assistance and builds resilience in Latino and undocumented communities across California. LCF’s Love Not Fear Fund provides direct relief to California’s most marginalized Latino and farmworker communities. The CDP COVID-19 Response Fund provided supplemental funding to support the layered traumatic effects of multiple disasters on these communities.

North Bay Jobs with Justice received $150,000 to build organizational capacity and support worker-led campaigns for a just recovery from fires. This funding will help North Bay Jobs with Justice deepen its work with farmworkers during wildfires; broaden outreach to affected workers, to assist with clean up and rebuilding; and develop a vision for creating good jobs doing climate adaptation and mitigation that is necessary to make its community and land more fire resilient.

Northern California Indian Development Council was awarded $150,000 to assist two Native American tribes with developing pilot emergency response plans to better prepare for future disasters and other emergencies. This work creates a template for California tribes to create emergency response plans and provides technical assistance and consulting services to assist them with tailoring the projects to their needs as necessary.

United Way of Santa Cruz County received $289,986 to coordinate long-term recovery efforts and simplify access to support for people affected by fires who do not have adequate personal resources for unmet needs. This effort focuses on the four communities most affected by the CZU Lightning Fires: Boulder Creek, Bonny Doon, Swanton and Last Chance.

United Way of Northern California was awarded $98,978 to expand an existing housing subsidy program for people displaced by the Camp Fire in 2018 and survivors of the 2020 North Complex, Zogg and Slater Fires in Butte, Shasta and Siskiyou counties safe water projects that provide sustained access to a safe water supply for all people in the service area.

 

New grantees will be posted as additional grant funds are awarded.