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Disaster Preparedness

EPIC: Emergency Preparedness in Communities with California for All- Listos California

We are no longer accepting applications as of January 8th, 2020. All received applications are currently under review. Please contact your county coordinator with questions. 

North Coast Opportunities is awarding grants to community groups for preparedness outreach and education that reaches vulnerable populations. If your community can benefit from extra support preparing for emergencies such as earthquakes, fires, or floods you are encouraged to apply.


What kinds of activities are eligible?

Preparedness outreach, education, training and events. Your organization could partner with programs like CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) or Listos for preparedness trainings in English or Spanish, or work with experts on special needs trainings like disability, or homelessness. Or, your group could create an event like a block party or preparedness fair, or join an event already happening. A theater performance, art contest, digital campaign, speaking series at faith-based organizations, or other creative methods of outreaching to and educating your community are all welcome types of activities that would qualify.

What is a vulnerable population?

Anyone most likely to be seriously affected by a disaster. Priority populations encouraged to be reached by these grants are: Tribal groups, seniors, medically fragile, Latinx and other minority ethnic or racial groups, non-English speakers, those living with low-incomes, youth, those facing homelessness, LGBTQ+, those living in geographically remote locations, and disaster survivors.

Who can apply?

Any group serving a vulnerable population. Groups must be able to track and report their project and financial activities. If you are not a 501 c3, or fiscally sponsored, NCO will consider providing a fiscal sponsorship.

How much can I apply for?

Grant awards are between $1,000 and $25,000

What types of materials will be funded?

Projects that reach as many people as possible and show collaboration between organizations are highly encouraged. Expenses related to trainings, events, education, and outreach can be included in applications. Equipment like wood chippers, generators or other fire-fighting tools are NOT eligible for funding.

When does the grant period start and end?

The grant period is open as of November 8, 2019 and ends December 2020.  Applications will open by November 2019. All project activities and expenses must conclude by December 2020.

How do I apply? When do I apply?

Online applications are available November 8, 2019 through January 7th, 2020. 

How do I get more information? Download an informational Flyer Here

Your county’s program coordinator is also available to answer any questions you might have.

For more help, view the application instructions here.

Contact the EPIC County Coordinators

Mendocino County: Megan Watson - or (707) 376-8617
Lake County: Tammy Alakszay - or (707) 263-4688 ext 404