Hurricane Harvey is causing catastrophic and unprecedented damage and flooding in Texas. Harvey has caused at least 16 confirmed deaths and inland flooding is ongoing in the Greater Houston area. FEMA director Brock Long called Harvey the worst disaster in Texas history, and expected the recovery to take many years. Preliminary estimates of economic losses range anywhere from $10 billion to $50 billion.
To help to those in need, please visit the American Red Cross site for Hurricane Harvey specific donations.
There are grants available to help with emergency needs for organizations as well as community clean up grants to assist with recovery from a disaster. See some of these available grants below and for more opportunities contact us.
One of this foundation’s goals is to “reduce suffering and save lives in regions affected by natural disasters.” In addition to providing monetary support for emergency relief, this foundation also assists with strengthening the capacity of emergency responders as well as researching new ways to provide disaster assistance. Under emergency relief, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation supports basic relief support—including food, water, sanitation and hygiene, healthcare, and shelter—in the acute phases of complex emergencies. Non-profit organizations are eligible to apply.
When disaster strikes, get in touch with your local Lions Club. Local Lions Clubs can award local grants with money from Lions Club International. The local Lions Club can deem where it awards the grants, so contact the club for specific requirements. There are three grants available:
- Disaster Preparedness Grants - These grants help prepare for future disasters. The aim is to bring volunteers from the Lions Club together with emergency personnel and community organizations, to have plans in place before a disaster strikes. These grants range from $5,000 to $10,000. Local funds must account for 10% of the grant request. Priority will be given to districts susceptible to regular and repeated natural disasters.
- Emergency Grants - Grants of up to $10,000 are available for communities hit by a natural disaster that has affected at least 100 people. Grants in this category should help with an urgent need for water, food, clothing, medical supplies, blankets, and cleaning supplies not available from other agencies. When a tornado struck Joplin, Missouri, this grant was used to fund 120 meals a day for an emergency shelter that housed people who lost their homes.
- Community Recovery Grants - This set of grants is aimed to help with short-term clean-up and repair efforts where immediate needs have already been addressed. These grants total $20,000 and are for current disasters only where at least 100 people have been affected. Construction projects are not eligible. Eligible projects include equipment for debris removal, coordination of blood drives, equipment and supplies for minor repairs of public institutions, and temporary eye clinics for replacement of eyeglasses.
Normally this foundation does not accept unsolicited applications. With the emergent and unprecedented nature of Hurricane Harvey we believe this foundation may be willing to help since one of its main priorities is supporting disaster relief and long-term recovery. The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has assisted financially with events such as the Syrian Refugee Crisis and Ebola Virus Epidemic in West Africa. Thus far in 2017, the foundation has given $1 million in grants to disaster relief and recovery. We suggest contacting this foundation and initiating a relationship to see if grant money will be available.
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