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Re-opened Disaster Recovery Fund helps restore lost equipment and income

The Arts Council of Mendocino County (ACMC) is committed to long-term disaster recovery through the arts.

Following the Redwood Complex Fire of 2017, the ACMC sponsored multiple community healing through the arts projects, including Art from the Ashes, the community-built mosaic now installed at the Redwood Valley Grange. The ACMC issued twenty-nine mini-grants of $200 each to fire survivors in the immediate aftermath of the fire, shared information about business discounts and national grant opportunities, and helped Northern California Grantmakers assess the post-fire impact on the local arts community.

ACMC Executive Director Alyssum Wier, states, “Following a year of destructive natural disasters in the state of California, the California Arts Council invited counties affected by wildfires or mudslides to apply for a grant to help their local communities recover. The ACMC’s grant application was successful and we are now able to re-open our Disaster Recovery Fund for artists directly affected by the October 2017 Redwood Complex fires in Redwood Valley and Potter Valley.” ACMC’s re-opened Disaster Recovery Fund will help restore physical losses and lost income for Mendocino County artist residents. A total of $30,400 is available and grants are expected to range from $100-$800. Applications are due by April 30, 2019.

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Applicants to the Disaster Recovery Fund must be Mendocino County residents directly affected by the Redwood Complex Fire of October 2017. Determinations regarding grants will be need-based, and not related to judgments on quality of artistic output, although scope of loss and other available resources will be taken into consideration. Non-professional artists may also apply. “Artist” includes full-time, part-time or contract actors, architects, artisans, craft artists, dancers, filmmakers, designers, musicians, photographers, traditional/folk arts practitioners, visual artists and writers.

This project is made possible by the California Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. To learn about how state and federal arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit and

Applicants may submit a completed form as follows: by email (with subject line “ACMC Disaster Recovery Fund”) to; or by mail to Disaster Recovery Fund, ACMC, 309 East Perkins Street, Ukiah, CA 95482.

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