Ukiah – $317,345 in local grants were awarded in November by the Community Foundation of Mendocino County through its Nonprofit Relief and Field-of-Interest Competitive Grant Programs.
Nonprofit Relief grants are part of the COVID-19 Relief Program, to support the nonprofits that care for our community. “We are pleased to announce that $182,700 in local nonprofit relief grants were awarded to 28 organizations countywide this month. The grants awarded were part of the sixth round of the program; in total the Nonprofit Relief Grant program has awarded 107 grants totaling $558,800 since October 2020,” the Community Foundation stated in a news release.
Mendocino County relies on nonprofit organizations for basic needs, arts, the environment, and so much more. However, these critical organizations continue to experience financial and programmatic impacts due to the pandemic and correlating financial crisis. Nonprofits provide a critical safety-net to our communities, and will experience long-term implications directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including increased costs related to the outbreak, cancellation of fundraising events, and loss of fee for service income. These grants were provided to help mitigate some of the difficulties faced by the nonprofit sector in Mendocino County as a result of the pandemic.
Simultaneously, 26 Field-of-Interest grants were awarded this month totaling $134,645. Field-of-Interest funds are established to make grants in specified areas of interest (e.g., the environment or human services), or specified geographical areas, or both. Areas of interest addressed through the grants awarded included community resiliency, environmental education, substance abuse prevention, youth leadership, economic development, and historical preservation.
The Fall 2021 grant program is made possible thanks to the following Field-of-Interest Funds:
- Blood Bank of the Redwoods Legacy Fund;
- Charles F. Flinn and Walker B. Tilley Fund for Sustainable Forestry;
- Community Resiliency and Preparedness Fund;
- Environmental Education & Conservation Fund;
- Foster Fund;
- Fraeda Dubin & Pat Denny Endowment Funds;
- Fund for Trails and Open Space;
- Haigh-Scatena Youth Leadership, Empowerment, and Advocacy Fund;
- Jane Anderson Developmental Disability Fund;
- John and Sandra Mayfield Family Economic Development Fund;
- Judy Pruden Historical Preservation Fund;
- ReLeaf Tree Planting Fund; and
- Women’s Legacy Fund.
In its 28-year history, the Community Foundation has granted out $24.8 million in grants, of that Field-of-Interest grants comprise approximately 20 percent of the grant-making for the Foundation. “We are appreciative of the continued generosity of the donors who give back and help make a difference throughout Mendocino County.”
For the complete list of 2021 (Fall) Nonprofit Relief and Field-of-Interest grants and to learn more about how you can make a gift, visit www.communityfound.org.
Nonprofit Relief Grantees
Anderson Valley Village; ACORN Partners in Education; Alex Rorabaugh Recreation Center; Boys and Girls Club of Ukiah; Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County; Circle of Horses; Community Center of Mendocino; Good Farm Fund (fiscal sponsor- NCO); Long Valley Health Center; Mendocino Area Parks Association (MendoParks); Mendocino Ballet; Mendocino Film Festival Inc.; Mendocino Performing Arts Company DBA Mendocino Theater Company; North Coast Opportunities; Pacific Environmental Education Center; Potter Valley Youth and Community Center; Round Valley Lions Club; School of Adaptive Agriculture; School of Performing Arts and Cultural Education; Seabiscuit Therapeutic Riding Center; The Harwood Memorial Park, Incorporated; Ukiah Community Concert Association; Ukiah Senior Center; United Disaster Relief of Northern California; Willits Center for the Arts; Willits Community Theatre & Performing Arts Center; Willits Daily Bread; and Willits Sober Grad.
Fall 2021 Field-of-Interest Grants
Blood Bank of the Redwoods
Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County – $11,146, for the purpose of supporting the patient assistance and navigation program.
North Coast Opportunities – $5,574, for the purpose of providing food through Caring Kitchen to people battling cancer.
Charles F. Flinn and Walker B. Tilley Fund for Sustainable Forestry
The Conservation Fund – $5,000, for the purpose of providing the onloading and offloading cost of the excavator with 40 hours of time used to remove Jubata and Pampas grass and French and Scotch Brook, invasive species in Salmon Creek Forest.
Community Resiliency and Preparedness Fund
Mendocino County Fire Safe Council – $7,500, for the purpose of supporting administration, inspections, and travel to create free defensible-space and home-hardening action plans for private residences, based on inspections made by retired fire-prevention professionals.
United Disaster Relief of Northern California – $7,500, for the purpose of assisting with the acquisition of a permanent location for the disaster resource center through rental and infrastructure support.
The Harwood Memorial Park, Inc. – $1,850, for the purpose of purchasing goods/materials to better prepare Harwood Memorial Parks building to activate as the only emergency shelter in place location in emergencies.
Coastal Seniors, Inc. – $7,500, for the purpose of purchasing 150 backpack emergency kits and 150 mini personal hygiene kits to provide seniors and disabled adults emergency supplies.
Elk Volunteer Fire Department – $7,500, for the purpose of purchasing a Washer-Extractor to enable firefighters to properly clean their gear after fire incidents or medical emergencies.
Little Lake Fire Protection District – $3,075, for the purpose of purchasing 20 trauma kits to treat trauma patients during a fire or natural disaster.
Renewable Energy Development Institute – $7,500, for the purpose of marketing and running a pilot project to provide 50 home hardening inspections and homeowner support.
UC Hopland Research and Extension Center – $1,850, for the purpose of providing transportation for a day field trip for the Pomolita Middle School sixth grade class (200 students) to the Hopland Research and Extension Center where they will learn about wildfire education on the oak woodlands.
Environmental Education and Conservation Fund
Point Arena Lighthouse – $2,250, for the purpose of installing two educational signs, the first for sharing native plant, stewardship, and biodiversity information, the second highlighting the migrating gray whales and climate impact on their environment.
UC Hopland Research and Extension Center – $3,150, for the purpose of providing transportation for a day field trip for the Pomolita Middle School sixth grade class (200 students) to the Hopland Research and Extension Center where they will learn about wildfire education on the oak woodlands.
Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County – $7,500, for the Respite from the Road program.
North Coast Opportunities – $2,500, for the purpose of providing food through Caring Kitchen to people battling cancer.
Fraeda Dubin Endowment Fund and Pat Denny Endowment Fund
Action Network – $15,000, for the purpose of providing staffing and supplies to support the Teen Action Program (TAP), a program to empower and educate local teens through creating an appealing, alcohol- and drug free, adult supervised location where teens can gather with their peers and build skills.
Fund for Trails and Open Space
Willits Area Cyclists – $1,000, for the purpose of purchasing and installing 40 carsonite posts with attached signs in locations necessary for navigation of trails in the Greenbelt, located in Brooktrails.
Haigh-Scatena Youth Leadership, Empowerment and Advocacy Fund
Mendocino Food and Nutrition Program (Fort Bragg Food Bank) – $2,000, for the purpose of launching a marketing campaign using informational fliers in order to pull in local high school youth to become volunteers, and providing volunteer kits to those that qualify.
Jane Anderson Developmental Disability Fund
Fort Bragg Unified School District – $1,700, for the purpose of purchasing gardening supplies to support the Transition Learning Center Garden program, which teaches and supports the love of gardening and environmentally rich activities for students with disabilities.
Seabiscuit Therapeutic Riding Center – $1,300, for the purpose of purchasing a portable metal mounting ramp to increase access to riding for students with a wider range of physical disabilities.
John and Sandra Mayfield Family Economic Development Fund
Economic Development and Financing Corporation (EDFC) – $15,000, for the purpose of upgrading to Lenderfit loan software to improve EDFC infrastructure while integrating with and updating the website, allowing businesses to apply easily and efficiently for loans while greatly reducing staff time.
Judy Pruden Historical Preservation Fund
Jughandle Creek Farm and Nature Center – $2,300, for the purpose of hiring an interpretive panel designer to design two panels showcasing the history of Jughandle Creek Farm and Nature Center.
Arts Council of Mendocino County – $2,450, for the purpose of creating and printing an informative mural brochure for distribution, hosting a recorded mural talk with slideshow, and creating 27 metal plaques to be attached to the columns between the panels of the mural to ensure preservation of its history.
ReLeaf Tree Planting Fund
Shanel Valley Academy – $5,000, for the purpose of planting 23 trees to provide shady outdoor areas for students.
City of Ukiah – $4,000, for the purpose of supporting the establishment of a climate aid program that will plant a minimum of 50 trees a year.
Women’s Legacy Fund
Planned Parenthood – $3,500, for the purpose of general operational support to provide sexual and reproductive health care at the Ukiah Health Center.