Oct 27, 2014

Earthquake: Learn

10354166_10152393189373892_980267235439286135_nIf you want to learn more about the  Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund, which is managed by Napa Valley Community Foundation and was created with a $10 million lead gift from Napa Valley Vintners following the 2014 Napa Earthquake, please read below.

Update: Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Applications are now being accepted from Napa County homeowners, small business owners and mobile home owners for Phase II/Rebuilding programs under the Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund.

To learn more about eligibility requirements and how to apply, please click here.

To download a flyer about how to apply, please click here.

To read the most recent press release, click here.

To read our recent newsletter about the Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund, click here.

Napa Valley Community Foundation (NVCF) joins with its community partners in gratitude for the recent presidential declaration that FEMA will provide earthquake recovery aid to Napa County under the Individuals and Households Program.  The presidential declaration also makes low-interest federal disaster loans available to residents and business owners from the Small Business Administration.

FEMA grants and SBA loans will provide much needed financial support to residents and businesses impacted by the August 24 Napa earthquake.

NVCF strongly encourages Napa County residents and business owners who are seeking either FEMA or SBA assistance to contact FEMA at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or 800-621-3362 or, by smart phone, at m.fema.gov.  For in-person assistance with the application process, residents can visit the Local Assistance Center in Napa, whose address and hours of operation are available at www.napaquakeinfo.com.

“Our community needs significant rebuilding and there are limited funds.  FEMA and SBA will help address much, but not all of the need.  We want to make this process as simple and as beneficial as possible for residents and business owners, so are asking people to knock on the larger door of government funding first.  Our philosophy is that we want to leverage all the resources out there, and piggyback wherever possible on the government application process, so our community members don’t have to manage two separate applications in parallel.  This will also help us avoid duplication of benefits and aid dollars,” said Terence Mulligan, President of Napa Valley Community Foundation.

To be eligible for a grant from the Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund, business owners and homeowners will need to demonstrate that they have first applied for federal aid, if they are eligible to do so, and share completed federal application materials as well as award (or decline) notifications from FEMA or SBA.

Napa Valley Community Foundation will continue to stay in close conversation with its partners in the nonprofit and government sectors, so it can monitor changing needs and identify important gaps, such as residents or business owners who: don’t qualify for support from federal aid programs; receive support but have important safety repairs that exceed the amounts received from government; or are approved for loans which would create financial hardship to accept.

Phase II of the Napa Community Disaster Relief Fund will intentionally address outstanding community needs that emerge after FEMA grants and SBA loans have begun to flow into the hands of residents and business owners.

About Phase I of the Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund

The first phase of work for the Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund – specifically for meeting immediate needs — is now complete.

During Phase I, the Fund granted $2 million to 20 nonprofit partners to meet the immediate needs of local residents:

  • $1,145,000 in emergency financial aid was provided directly to individuals and families in need as a result of the earthquake, through a select group of NVCF’s nonprofit partners. Funds were provided for temporary housing, food, medicine and to replace essential household items.
  • $815,000 was invested to support direct services provided by these 20 nonprofits to individuals and families in need as a result of the earthquake.

As of October 31:

  • More than 10,000 people received services
  • More than 9,000 meals were served
  • 791 households received emergency financial assistance

Click here for a list of Phase I grantees.

Thank You – About Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund

The Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund (the Fund) is managed by Napa Valley Community Foundation and was created with a $10 million lead gift from Napa Valley Vintners following the 2014 Napa Earthquake.

Thank you to Napa Valley Vintners and to the more than 375 additional individual and corporate donors who have joined in since the earthquake to support the Fund with gifts of nearly $500,000.  Additional gifts totaling nearly $200,000 are expected to be received soon from the proceeds of the Napa Valley Rocks! benefit concert and other charitable efforts the same weekend.

 

 

 

 

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