Soberanes Fire Fund Grants

Soberanes Fire Fund Grants

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The Soberanes Fire Fund was created to respond to the Soberanes fire that began on July 22, 2016. 

Grants from this special purpose fund will support nonprofit organizations assisting with relief, recovery and rebuilding efforts for individuals and organizations affected by the fire. Guidelines are subject to change in order to be flexible and responsive to needs as they arise.

At a Glance

Grant Amount $5,000 – $50,000
Application Deadlines Applications are accepted at anytime and will be reviewed on a monthly basis
Scope and Characteristics Grant applications are accepted from organizations providing relief, recovery and/or rebuilding efforts in response to the 2016 Soberanes Fire
Application and Reporting
  • Please contact Laurel Lee-Alexander prior to submitting an application
  • Online application
  • Reporting also online
Decision Within six weeks of receiving a complete application


  • Grants are open to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and other public agencies serving the community affected by the Soberanes Fire.
  • Businesses and individuals are not eligible at this time. If the fire spreads outside of Big Sur and individuals suffer additional losses, the process may be revised to include individuals.

If you are an individual who has suffered a loss due to the Soberanes Fire as a home owner, caretaker or renter please contact Coast Property Owners Association at for an assessment form to apply for direct support.

Guidelines and Application

Apply for funding using our Online Grants Manager. Please contact Karina Gutierrez if you have any technical questions with the online grant system.


Applications are accepted year-round, until all available funds have been awarded. We expect grants to range in size from $5,000 to $50,000. Organizations may apply for more than one grant during the calendar year, as this fund is intended to be responsive to the ongoing needs of the community.



Organizations that are awarded a Soberanes Fire Fund grant are encouraged to stay in close contact with the CFMC on the progress of their efforts. A final grant report will be required to share the impact of the grant. The evaluation form will be available in the Online Grants Manager.


This is a list of grants awarded from the Soberanes Fire Fund as of January 19, 2017. We will review applications as we receive them and update this list as grants are awarded.

Recent Grants

Organization Name Date Awarded Amount Description
Coast Property Owners Association (CPOA) 8/4/16 $10,000 Relief to Big Sur residents displaced by the Soberanes Fire
Coast Property Owners Association (CPOA) 8/19/16 $30,000 Relief given to property owners who lost their dwelling
Coast Property Owners Association (CPOA) 8/25/16 $25,000 Relief given to property owners, renters and caretakers who lost their dwelling
Community Emergency Response Volunteers
of the Monterey Peninsula
8/30/16 $10,000 Relief to Cachagua / Tassajara / Jamesburg residents displaced by the Soberanes Fire
Community Emergency Response Volunteers
of the Monterey Peninsula
9/2/16 $20,000 Relief to Cachagua / Tassajara / Jamesburg residents displaced by the Soberanes Fire
Coast Property Owners Association (CPOA) 9/13/16 $306.72 Reimbursement for bottled water for Palo Colorado residents
Middlebury Institute for International Studies at Monterey 9/16/16 $20.00 Spanish translation services for a fire victim resource guide
Mid-Coast Fire Brigade  9/16/16 $36,756.40 Water tanks and community signage
Coast Property Owners Association (CPOA) 9/21/16 $120,000 Water system subsidy for uninsured or underinsured property owners impacted by the Soberanes Fire
Coast Property Owners Association (CPOA) 9/30/16 $24,000 Septic system inspection fees for uninsured or underinsured property owners impacted by the Soberanes Fire
Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council, Boy Scouts of America 10/11/16 $18,000 Fire management plan and tree removal equipment for Camp Pico Blanco
Coast Property Owners Association (CPOA) 11/17/16 $24,610 Support for artisan food producers impacted by the fire (funds from Cultura Carmel Fundraiser designated for this purpose)
Big Sur Land Trust 11/17/16 $50,000 Restoration projects at Mitteldorf Preserve including tree removal, road drainage, debris blockages and road repair
Coast Property Owners Association (CPOA) 11/23/16 $97,353 Road repair and replacement of culverts to prepare for winter rains
Coast Property Owners Association (CPOA) 12/30/16 $50,000 Ash & debris removal in Palo Colorado
Coast Property Owners Association (CPOA) 1/19/17 $50,000 Emergency road repair due to winter rains
Coast Property Owners Association (CPOA) 3/31/17 $200,000 Reimbursement of immediate relief and ash and debris removal
Coast Property Owners Association (CPOA) 5/16/17 $188,000 Ongoing rebuilding
Los Padres Forest Association  6/23/17 $11,547.50 Big Sur Station operating support
Big Sur Land Trust  6/23/17 $11,547.50 Road Restoration at Glen Deven Ranch

Grant Committee

The grant committee, composed of board and community members, review the applications and make funding recommendations. These dedicated volunteers have opened up the grantmaking process to be truly community-driven and allow us to leverage the expertise of a larger group.

Soberanes Fire Fund Grant Committee Members

  • Sharen Carey
  • Martha Diehl
  • Kirk Gafill
  • Jerri Hansen
  • Patte Kronlund
  • Kathleen Lee
  • Ken Wright*
  • Mark Verbonich

*CFMC Board member