Grant in support of wildfire recovery in Texas (Eastland Complex and Big L Fires)
United Rescue Alliance (URA) received $100,000 to provide skilled case managers to support recovery from the Eastland Complex Fire that devastated this area in West Texas earlier this year. This project empowers the community affected to connect individual needs to available resources systematically. Providing case managers and case management software will enable the URA team to mentor community leaders and facilitate the entire recovery process.
Grants in support of 2021 winter storms recovery
Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group (CBDRG) received a grant of $63,933 for funding a project manager and case managers to assist families adversely affected by the winter storm in communities and colonias in the Coastal Bend of Texas. CBDRG restores the essential plumbing and repairs damages to homes for those who lack access to other resources. They also continue to assist clients who are still recovering from the damage to their homes due to Hurricane Harvey, as these are layered traumas on these communities.
East Harris County Empowerment Council (EHCEC) was awarded a grant of $120,000 for funding a disaster case manager/program manager to support the recovery work necessary for the many affected households in this part of the county. EHCEC is led by and serves Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)- communities based in a high-need, mostly unincorporated area of Harris County.
Galveston County Long Term Recovery Group received a grant of $104,000 to increase the resiliency of Galveston County to respond to any future disasters, provide outreach and identify the most at-risk residents who had winter storm damage. The group then assists them in applying for benefits and connects them with services and resources to help with recovery.
Good360 was awarded a grant of $125,000 to distribute much-needed supplies to partners working on recovery from the February winter storms. Good360 is an excellent resource for organizations struggling to access many of the supplies needed for the recovery.
Harmony Community Development Corporation received a $75,000 grant to provide mental health services for those experiencing post-traumatic disorders resulting in compounded trauma from the storms. They are a BIPOC-led and mainly BIPOC-serving organization located in a marginalized community in south Dallas.
Houston Responds (SW Louisiana Responds) was awarded a $160,000 grant. The grant will unite, empower and mobilize churches throughout southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana to expedite recovery through increased volunteer engagement and expanded repair capacity to serve families affected by all of these weather events.
Orange County Disaster Rebuild (OCDR) received $162,768 to build organizational capacity to respond to the multiple storms affecting Orange County in southeast Texas. This grant allows OCDR to hire a volunteer coordinator, a disaster case management supervisor and a project manager to work with clients affected by any or all of these events, without restrictions typically created by funding for a single event’s impact.
Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services was awarded $125,000 to provide direct cash assistance to foster families throughout Texas affected by power outages and freezing temperatures during the winter storms. Grants provided families with a small stipend to help them repair homes and replace items destroyed by the storm.
Texas Tribune received a grant of $75,000 to provide Texans access to nonpartisan news and information about the winter storm and related issues. The Texas Tribune team provides robust journalism when the need for it is more significant than ever. It is crucial to keeping Texans safe while holding officials accountable. Continuing to raise awareness of the ongoing challenges and opportunities related to the winter storm — particularly for marginalized communities — is vital as multiple issues vie for lawmakers’ attention.
United Way of Grayson County was awarded a grant of $140,000 to provide immediate services for rent, utilities, extended motel stays, home repairs, case coordination and basic need supplies for community members in Fannin County and Grayson County. This area comprises 37 cities and towns and has the third-largest senior citizen population in Texas. These communities are home to many retired seniors and immigrants, migrants and low-income people working in plants and distribution centers or on farms and ranches.
Victoria County Long Term Recovery Group (VCLTRG) received a grant of $110,000 to provide short-term immediate plumbing supplies and plumbing repair assistance with skilled volunteers or plumbing contractors to homeowners and renters in Victoria and surrounding counties. VCLTRG also replace water heaters that were lost during the severe freeze.
Grants in support of 2020 wildfires recovery
Carlton Complex Long Term Recovery received $108,708 to cover operational expenses. Funding allows for disaster case management and volunteer coordination and addresses unmet needs for those communities most affected by this substantial complex fire.
Latino Community Fund of Washington State was awarded $214,000 to sustain its work with local grassroots community organizations supporting the Latinx community affected by the 2020 wildfires. Outreach takes place at community centers, schools, churches, parks and other community hubs as defined by community leaders
United Way of Whitman County and Pine Creek Community Restoration Long Term Recovery Organization received $100,000 to support the Malden City Park’s revitalization destroyed in the Babb Road Fire.
Cascade Relief Team received $30,000 to support volunteer cleanup of fire-damaged properties.
DevNW through Corvalis Neighborhood Housing Services was awarded $75,000 to provide essential support and resource navigation services for families affected by Oregon’s Labor Day 2020 wildfires. Efforts help survivors navigate recovery processes that are challenging, lengthy and unfamiliar, and reduces additional trauma as they begin to pick up the pieces of their lives and livelihoods.
Glide Revitalization received $64,680 to provide fire survivors with case management support and resources to put their lives, homes and properties back together in a meaningful way.
The Hearth was awarded $15,000 rapid response grant awarded in November of 2020 to support the Compassionate Listening Project, which organizes, trains, equips and deploys local community members to provide high-quality, neighbor-to-neighbor, emotional care to the diverse residents of Southern Oregon suffering from fire disasters. The Hearth developed these training materials and programs to be replicated in other communities.
Lomakatsi Restoration Project received $400,000 to provide capacity funding to meet the growing demand for services supporting tribal, Latinx and rural forest-based communities that have been directly affected by the 2020 wildfires or are at high risk for future wildfires in Oregon and California. This work includes the collaborative development of post-fire ecological restoration projects, hazardous fuels reduction and forest health treatments, and workforce training and development programs that build the capacity of local communities and provide sustainable jobs.
Oregon Community Foundation was awarded $100,000 rapid response grant awarded in November of 2020 for the 2020 Community Rebuilding Fund to catalyze recovery and rebuilding efforts in the mid-and long-term.
Rogue Climate received $100,000 to provide immediate basic needs for fire survivors from the Almeda and nearby fires with as few barriers as possible and a place to find other resources and community support.
Natives of One Wind Indigenous Alliance/Unete was awarded $100,000 to provide emergency resources, reduce food insecurity and provide educational support for families impacted by the Almeda wildfire.
Grants to address U.S. humanitarian crises
Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) received $200,000 to address the needs of Black migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. Through this funding, BAJI plans to increase culturally competent resources and create a resource guide in multiple languages for migrants to access. Plans also include expanding education, advocacy and organizing to inform policy change in support of this population, and providing additional translation services to serve migrants at the border. Finally, with funding from CDP, BAJI will hire a mutual aid associate to help coordinate and build their capacity for meeting the basic needs of those seeking refuge at the border and beyond.
Transgender Law Center (TLC) was awarded $150,000 for their “Border Butterflies Project.” Border Butterflies is a coalition responding to the significant gap in resources for LGBTQ+ migrants both at the border and within the U.S. Through funding, TLC will provide a spectrum of needed legal services. TLC also represents people in front of immigration judges, provides legal support with asylum applications and applications for work authorization, and connects clients to legal representation if TLC cannot take their case. It supports clients with change of address and change of venue requests, and engages in expert identification, affidavit drafting and brief writing. It also supports pro-bono attorneys who have not yet worked with LGBT asylum seekers with mentorship, sample legal documents and an overall support system when legal questions arise. Funding also allows TLC to provide or facilitate connection to critical humanitarian services, including food, housing, mental health services, medical care, clothing and other necessities. TLC also engages in community building, mobilization, storytelling and policy advocacy in response to the systemic challenges clients encounter.
UndocuBlack Network received $100,000 to build capacity to address the needs of the moment for Black immigrants while also laying the groundwork for long-term change. The UndocuBlack Network collaborates with groups on the ground and utilizes policy expertise to help provide relief for asylum seekers who need it now while pushing for longer-term, systemic change for Black immigrants. Specifically, grant funds defray the costs for rapid response efforts, build the groundwork to prepare for future injustice and work to ensure this never happens again. Learn more.
KIND (Kids in Need of Defense) was awarded $150,000 to leverage KIND’s work with Afghan unaccompanied children to identify best practices and novel policy approaches for promoting family unity and safe reunifications for unaccompanied children. Through trainings, stakeholder engagements and pilot projects, KIND hopes to share lessons learned during emergency response to formalize processes that can better serve children seeking protection wherever and whenever they are in need, including children arriving at the U.S. Southern border. Learn more.