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 ServicesVirtual Assistance Center
Office of Congressman Jimmy Panetta

Wildfire Recovery Guide (English)

Guía de Recuperación de Incendios (Spanish)

FEMA – Federal Emergency Management AgencyIndividuals and Households Program Assistance
United Way 2-1-1Text “wildfire” to 211
Preparing for Evacuation:
CERV of the Monterey PeninsulaDisaster Ready Guide (in 7 languages)
CERV of the Monterey PeninsulaDisaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities
CALFireHow to Prepare for Wildfire

Emergency Alerts and Updates

Help for Animals

SPCA Monterey County Facebook 831.373.2631 day / 831.264.5455 night

Volunteer Opportunities

Monterey County RecoversDonate Items or Volunteer
Community Builders of Monterey CountyVolunteer with Red Cross
This Club Saves LivesPortal for Volunteer Activities
All In MontereyService 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 October 14, 2020, $474,009 was granted, with more grant requests under review.

Recent Grants

Organization NameAmount AwardedProgram Name
American Red Cross of the Central Coast30,000Recovery efforts for Monterey County fires
Big Sur Fire38,665Firefighter needs for the Dolan Fire: equipment repair and replacement, volunteer firefighter stipends and meals, fuel
Big Sur Grange$20,000Fire cleanup and ADA access
Big Sur Land Trust$30,000River Fire recovery at Marks Ranch (Salinas)
Big Sur Park School$25,344Tuition assistance
Cachagua Fire Protection District$11,798Firefighting clothing/protection and vehicle repair/maintenance
Carmel Valley Kiwanis Foundation10,000direct financial support for evacuees (food, housing and immediate needs)
Catholic Charities Of The Diocese Of Monterey10,000direct financial support for evacuees (food, housing and immediate needs)
Community Association of Big Sur10,000direct financial support for evacuees (food, housing and immediate needs)
Community Association of Big Sur50,000Financial support for workers
Community Association of Big Sur50,000Dolan Fire: Firefighter relief and fire recovery
Community Emergency Response Volunteers of the Monterey Peninsula$30,000MontereyCoRecovers Relief Fund – basic needs
Community Emergency Response Volunteers of the Monterey Peninsula$12,250CERT training and PPE
Community Emergency Response Volunteers of the Monterey Peninsula$15,000MontereyCoRecovers Relief Fund Efforts #2
Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries$14,000Fire relief activities and supplies for evacuees in libraries
Friends of Cachagua Children’s Center$15,000Grocery gift cards for Cachagua/Tassajara families
Hope, Horses & Kids$11,500Evacuation operating support
Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula$30,000Home Delivered Meals Program Expansion
Monterey County Youth Museum$20,000Relief support for evacuees with children/organizational support
Salvation Army-Monterey Peninsula Corps10,000direct financial support for evacuees (food, housing and immediate needs)
Ventana Wildlife Society$30,000Rebuild the Condor Sanctuary

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