Recipients Announced for Sonoma County Wildfire Recovery & Resilience Neighborhood Grants
United Way of the Wine Country’s Wildfire Recovery and Resilience Neighborhood Grants Program (WRNGP) has awarded ten grants ranging from $4,000 to $25,000. These grants will help residents rebuild and recover from the October 2017 wildfires and build the resiliency necessary to address future disasters in some cases.
United Way of the Wine Country (UWWC) had $100,000 available for grant funding and received 35 applications totaling $1.6 million dollars. A volunteer grants review committee made up of UWWC Board members and community partners ranked the applications and made funding recommendations based on criteria such as need, impact, and ability to leverage other resources. Based on committee recommendations, the UWWC Board of Directors approved the allocation of an additional $48,100 for the grant program, raising total allocable grant funds to $148,100.
Some of the needs and projects identified by the residents and approved for funding include: rebuilding community spaces, fences, and walls; regreening neighborhoods; and paying for the cost to facilitate community meetings and events (e.g. space rentals, food, communication, etc.).
Recipients of UWWC’s WRNGP grants are: Larkfield Resilience Fund; Mark West Estates Owners Association; Coffey Strong, Inc.; Berry Brook Homeowners Association; Wilshire Heights Mutual Water Company; Glen Ellen Forum; Alexander Valley Citizens League; O’Donnell Lane Community Group; Journey’s End; and Dover Court Chain Gang. The WRNGP was a competitive grants program of UWWC in partnership with Sonoma Clean Power. Any resident- or community-led group made up of five or more households in Sonoma County was eligible to apply.
About United Way of the Wine Country
United Way of the Wine Country (UWWC) works to advance the common good along the North Coast of California in Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake, Del Norte and Humboldt Counties. UWWC mobilizes the caring power of communities to focus on the building blocks of a good life - education, financial stability, and health. We do this by addressing underlying issues, improving lives, and building a healthy vibrant community. Visit unitedwaywinecountry.org for more information.