Monterey County Fire Relief Fund

Monterey County Fire Relief Fund

Monterey County Fire Relief Fund

The Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) created the Monterey County Fire Relief Fund to assist communities affected by current and future fires including the #RiverFire #CarmelFire and #DolanFire. The River Fire, south of Salinas, began August 16, 2020 in the hills near Mt. Toro. The Carmel Fire started in the Cachagua area of Carmel Valley on August 18, 2020, and the Dolan Fire in Big Sur began August 18, 2020. Donations to the fund will support both immediate relief and recovery efforts.

Grants

100% of donations will be used for grantmaking.
Grants from the Monterey County Fire Relief Fund will go to nonprofits and organizations assisting individuals and families with emergency assistance, health and human services, short term housing/rental assistance, reimbursement of equipment and supplies and other recovery support for affected residents. The fund is a trusted repository for philanthropic assets to be directed specifically for this purpose. More information.

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Three Ways to Give

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Monterey County Fire Relief Fund is the general relief fund that will deploy resources to the River Fire, Carmel Fire and Dolan Fire, and other current fires. It is also a vehicle to facilitate giving for future fires that may occur. Donate Now

Monterey County Fire Relief Fund

In addition to the Monterey County Fire Relief Fund, we have two funds that will respond to specific fires:

Community Fund for Carmel Valley

Big Sur Disaster Relief Fund

Mail a check:
Community Foundation for Monterey County
2354 Garden Road, Monterey, CA, 93940
PLEASE NOTE FUND IN MEMO LINE:  “Monterey County Fire Relief,” “Carmel Valley Relief” OR “Big Sur Relief”

Donate by Phone
Call 831.375.9712 Monday through Friday 8:30 to 5:00 PM

All donations to the these funds at the Community Foundation for Monterey County are tax deductible. Tax ID # 94-1615897

Fire Resources & Information

Recovery and Shelter Information

Monterey County Office of Emergency Services Virtual Assistance Center
Office of Congressman Jimmy Panetta

Wildfire Recovery Guide (English)

Guía de Recuperación de Incendios (Spanish)

FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Agency Individuals and Households Program Assistance
United Way 2-1-1 Text “wildfire” to 211
Preparing for Evacuation:
CERV of the Monterey Peninsula Disaster Ready Guide (in 7 languages)
CERV of the Monterey Peninsula Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities
CALFire How to Prepare for Wildfire
Firesafe Council for Monterey County Wildfire and You – Preparedness Course

Emergency Alerts and Updates

Alert Monterey County Sign up to receive emergency notifications by text
Big Sur Fire Information Big Sur Kate Blog
Monterey Bay Air Resources District Air quality information

Help for Animals

SPCA Monterey County Facebook 831.373.2631 day / 831.264.5455 night

Volunteer Opportunities

Monterey County Recovers Donate Items or Volunteer
Community Builders of Monterey County Volunteer with Red Cross
This Club Saves Lives Portal for Volunteer Activities
All In Monterey Service Opportunities (Facebook Group)

Apply for a Grant

Please visit www.cfmco.org/Apply for the grant application, instructions and all materials needed to submit a proposal. 

Monterey County Fire Relief Fund Guidelines

Monterey County Fire Relief Fund Application

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Recent Grants

Monterey County Fire Relief fund began making grants to Monterey County nonprofits just five days after the fund opened. As of March 29, 2021, $801,117 was granted, with more grant requests under review.

Recent Grants

American Red Cross of the Central Coast 30,000 Recovery efforts for Monterey County fires
Big Sur Fire 38,665 Firefighter needs for the Dolan Fire: equipment repair and replacement, volunteer firefighter stipends and meals, fuel
Big Sur Grange $20,000 Fire cleanup and ADA access
Big Sur Land Trust $30,000 River Fire recovery at Marks Ranch (Salinas)
Big Sur Park School $25,344 Tuition assistance
Cachagua Fire Protection Disctrict $1,500 Pagers and Personal Protective Equipment
Cachagua Fire Protection District $11,798 Firefighting clothing/protection and vehicle repair/maintenance
Cachagua Fire Protection District $1,748 Generator rental and fuel
Cachagua Fire Protection District $17,500 Pagers and Personal Protection Equipment
Carmel Valley Kiwanis Foundation 10,000 direct financial support for evacuees (food, housing and immediate needs)
Carmel Valley Kiwanis Foundation $20,000 Carmel Valley Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) mobile incident trailer and training
Catholic Charities Of The Diocese Of Monterey 10,000 direct financial support for evacuees (food, housing and immediate needs)
Community Association of Big Sur 10,000 direct financial support for evacuees (food, housing and immediate needs)
Community Association of Big Sur 50,000 Financial support for workers
Community Association of Big Sur 50,000 Dolan Fire: Firefighter relief and fire recovery
Community Association of Big Sur $16,000 Dolan Fire Relief for the 15 Firefighters at the Nacimiento Station Incident
Community Emergency Response Volunteers of the Monterey Peninsula $30,000 MontereyCoRecovers Relief Fund – basic needs
Community Emergency Response Volunteers of the Monterey Peninsula $12,250 CERT training and PPE
Community Emergency Response Volunteers of the Monterey Peninsula $15,000 MontereyCoRecovers Relief Fund Efforts #2
Community Emergency Response Volunteers of the Monterey Peninsula $135,000 Financial assistance to families impacted by the Carmel Fire
Community Emergency Response Volunteers of the Monterey Peninsula $120,000 Recovery support for individuals and businesses impacted by debris flow and mudslides
Conservancy for the Range of the Condor $15,360 Repairing fire break damage on Anastasia Canyon property (hand crew restoration)
Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries $14,000 Fire relief activities and supplies for evacuees in libraries
Friends of Cachagua Children’s Center $15,000 Grocery gift cards for Cachagua/Tassajara families
Hope, Horses & Kids $11,500 Evacuation operating support
Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula $30,000 Home Delivered Meals Program Expansion
Monterey County Youth Museum $20,000 Relief support for evacuees with children/organizational support
Salvation Army-Monterey Peninsula Corps 10,000 direct financial support for evacuees (food, housing and immediate needs)
Ventana Wildlife Society $30,000 Rebuild the Condor Sanctuary

Image from Cristal Hamer of #RiverFire from Spreckels Blvd, in front of Tanimura & Antle (far right of photo)