Center for Disaster Philanthropy Announces $5.87 Million in Recovery Grants for California, Florida, North Carolina and Texas

WASHINGTON, DC (Aug. 12, 2019) — The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP), an organization that supports medium- to long-term disaster recovery, announced today more than $5.87 million in grants from its 2018 CDP California Wildfires Recovery Fund for communities impacted by the Camp, Woolsey and Hill fires. Grants from the 2018 CDP Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund for communities impacted by Hurricanes Florence and Michael and its fourth round of grants from the CDP Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund.

Combined, these grants represent CDP’s commitment to supporting recovery efforts among vulnerable populations; creating avenues that boost resilience within affected communities; and providing a catalyst for other funders’ support of recovery efforts.

CALIFORNIA, 2018 Wildfires: $1.5 million in grants awarded to seven organizations.

  • Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) to support the reconstruction of affordable multi-family housing in Paradise.
  • Butte County Office of Education’s Response and Recovery Project to support expanded mental health outreach, assistance and services for school-aged children and their families across Butte County.
  • The Workforce Housing Project (a project of the North Valley Community Foundation) is a partnership of funders and stakeholders working to provide solutions for more stable temporary housing among Camp Fire displaced residents trying to maintain their livelihoods.
  • Disaster Leadership Team to continue providing direct mentorship support to the Camp Fire Long Term Recovery Group and Los Angeles Region Long Term Recovery Group.
  • Camp Fire Long Term Recovery Group to support their Camp Fire Resource Center which will become the “storefront” for community recovery resources, services and assistance for the entire county.
  • Ventura County Community Foundation to support local nonprofits providing housing and/or mental health support or services in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.
  • United Policyholders to scale up their Roadmap to Recovery program in Los Angeles and Ventura counties in addition to increasing available resources for wildfire recovery in the housing sector in southern California.

FLORIDA, Hurricane Michael: $777K in grants awarded to five organizations.

  • Mennonite Disaster Service for building materials to build up to four new homes or perform 10 critical home repairs for families still in need referred by local disaster case management and the North Florida Inland Long Term Recovery Group in rural Jackson and Calhoun Counties. 
  • All Hands and Hearts in the form of a matching grant for their Rebuilding Resilient Communities in the Aftermath of Hurricane Michael program which will provide critical repairs and interior finishes to 18 homes in Bay County.
  •  Habitat for Humanity of Bay County for their Hurricane Michael Critical Home Repair Program which will provide repairs to 55 homes in Bay County to low-to middle- income families.
  •  Legal Services of North Florida to support their Hurricane Michael Legal Advocacy program which provides persons affected by Hurricane Michael with legal assistance, information and access to resources to maintain or secure housing.
  • ToolBank to establish a tool bank with up to 5,000 square feet of warehouse space in Panama City to provide tools free of charge to nonprofits and community-based organizations working in housing recovery.

NORTH CAROLINA, Hurricane Florence: $900K in grants awarded to five organizations.

  • North Carolina Baptists on Mission to provide direct support and assistance for housing repairs to 60 families using their three program support hubs (Robeson, Craven and Duplin counties) which will feed, house and mobilize up to 300 volunteers a day.
  • CORE (Community Organized Response, Resilience, Recovery Effort) to support their North Carolina Housing Rehabilitation and Resiliency Program in Robeson County which targets the Lumbee Native American community to assist with housing repairs to 50 homes and build community resilience through local capacity building efforts.
  • Rebuilding Together of the Triangle for the critical repair of 20 homes in Bladen and Pender counties.
  • Disabilities Rights North Carolina to improve disaster services and assistance through indirect and direct assistance to people with disabilities, advocacy and more inclusive emergency management planning.
  • Land Loss Prevention Project for staff support to provide legal services to address immediate critical needs of homeowners, landowners and farmers in the 34 disaster recovery counties.

TEXAS, Hurricane Harvey: $2.66 million in grants were awarded to five organizations; 4thround of grants

  • Free Indeed – Community Works CDC to support the High 5 Harvey Recovery Program, serving at-risk youth and their families in northeast Houston. This program provides a holistic, wrap-around approach that engages youth and families in recovery efforts and in preparing an at-risk community for the next one.
  • Golden Crescent Habitat for Humanity (GCHFH) to support their involvement in repairing and rebuilding homes in Victoria County, Texas, where they will partner with other organizations to completely relocate individuals and families whose homes were in high-risk flooding areas.
  • Harvey Home Connect (a project of the Greater Houston Community Foundation) for the further development of Harvey Home Connect (HHC), a common application management system for Harvey-impacted homeowners. Continued development of HHC will facilitate applications for recovery assistance from Harris County and enable expansion to Fort Bend, Brazoria, Galveston, Waller, and Montgomery counties..
  • Houston Community ToolBank to expand the geographic reach of its tool lending program and add requested tools like generators and HEPA air scrubbers to its inventory and support capacity building.
  • Wharton County Recovery Team (WCRT) to build and repair homes in high-risk areas for additional flooding. This is also part of a complete neighborhood development in order to relocate individuals and families who have suffered from repeated flooding events.

About the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP)

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s mission is to transform disaster giving by providing timely and thoughtful strategies to increase donors’ impact during domestic and international disasters. CDP is currently managing six Disaster Funds on behalf of corporations, foundations and individuals through targeted, holistic and localized grantmaking. For more information, visit:, call (202) 464-2018 or tweet us @funds4disaster.

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy mobilizes philanthropy to strengthen communities’ ability to withstand disasters and recover equitably when they occur. It provides expert advice and resources while managing domestic and international disaster funds on behalf of corporations, foundations and individuals through targeted, holistic and localized grantmaking. Find out more at and on Twitter @funds4disaster.