Big Sur Relief Fund Grants

Big Sur Relief Fund Grants

The Big Sur Relief Fund was created in response to the need for relief and emergency assistance to individuals and families affected by the recent rain and storms.

Grants from this special purpose fund will support nonprofit organizations directly assisting local individuals and families who have been affected/displaced.

At a Glance

Grant Amount$5,000 – $50,000
Application DeadlinesApplications are accepted at anytime and will be reviewed on a monthly basis
Scope and CharacteristicsGrant applications are accepted from organizations providing immediate direct relief to individuals impacted by the recent rain and storms that have closed Big Sur businesses, roads and portions of Highway 1.
Application and Reporting
  • Please contact Laurel Lee-Alexander prior to submitting an application
  • Online application
  • Reporting also online
DecisionWithin 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 winter rain and storms.

Businesses and individuals are not eligible at this time. If you are an individual who has suffered a loss 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 Big Sur Relief Fund grant are encouraged to stay in close contact with the CFMC on the progress of their efforts. A final grant report may be required to share the impact of the grant. The evaluation form will be available in the Online Grants Manager.


Grants awarded from the Big Sur Relief Fund as of May 10, 2017. Applications are reviewed when received and this list updated as grants are awarded.

Organization NameDate AwardedAmountDescription
Coast Property Owners Association (CPOA)5/10/17$208,000Immediate relief for those not working in the Big Sur area due to the failure of Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge and closures along Highway 1
Coast Property Owners Association (CPOA) 9/15/17$135,000Immediate Relief for those not working or reduced hours in Big Sur due to Pfeiffer Canyon and Hwy 1 closures
Coast Property Owners Association (CPOA)12/8/17$9,199Final distribution to those impacted by the Highway Closure

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.

Big Sur Relief Fund Grant Committee Members

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

*CFMC Board member

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