Recovery Fund: Personal Property Physical Loss in 2019

This round of Recovery Fund grants are for individual creatives who experienced personal property loss or damages due to the February 2019 Russian River and Laguna de Santa Rosa Flood or the October 2019 Kincade Fire.


Unrestricted funds are available to Sonoma County residents to mitigate basic human and art-related needs due to disasters that occurred in 2019. Funding may be utilized for shelter, medications, art supplies, instruments, rent, mortgage, home-based studio or workspace supplies and equipment, repair and/or relocation costs, and more.


Up to $1,500 per household.

  • Household is defined as the tax filer (head of household), their spouse if filing jointly, and their dependents. 
  • Multiple residents of an address may apply as long as they are not claimed as a dependent or spouse-filing-jointly by another Recovery Fund applicant.



DEADLINE EXTENDED from Sunday, March 8, 2020 to Sunday, April 5, 2020 11:59pm PT

Applicants will be notified of their application status by late March 2020.


In additional to having experienced physical loss of or damage to personal property, applicants must be at least 18 years old, a current Sonoma County resident, able to document a 5-year history of working in the arts or a creative industry, and demonstrate evidence of financial need. While you must be a Sonoma County resident to apply for assistance, your work may have occurred anywhere geographically. 

You will be asked to demonstrate the following three criteria:

Creative Background

  • 5-year history of working in the arts and/or creative industries (full-time, part-time, self-employed, or contract)
  • Creative individuals include: actors, architects, artisans, crafts artists, dancers, designers, filmmakers, musicians/vocalists, photographers, visual artists, and writers; staff of nonprofit arts organizations and creative enterprises 

Financial Need

  • Beginning at 300% and below of the Federal poverty level for the household
  • NOTE:  Even if your household income is above the threshold, please submit an application as grants may be available after funding the individuals who meet the initial thresholds.

Scope of Loss

  • Description and documentation of physical loss of, or damage to, personal property as a result of the 2019 Russian River Flood (including the Laguna de Santa Rosa) and/or the Kincade Fire
  • Personal property is defined as your home and its contents, home-based studio or workspace and its contents, personal vehicles and their contents

NOT ELIGIBLE: The following do NOT qualify for this funding:

  • Hobbyists (those who do not earn at least part-time income through their creative career and/or generate income from their art, craft, or creative services)
  • Businesses and organizations that are physically located outside of a personal residence
  • Individuals who have experienced economic loss but not physical loss



Review the Guidelines and Application Help Tool, which contains all the questions as well as samples of the types of documents required for upload. Fill out the application online (paper-based, handwritten, or incomplete applications will not be reviewed). Applicants will need to have – or create – an account in Submittable, our online application portal.

Recovery Fund for Personal Property Physical Loss 2019: Guidelines and Application Help Tool

The online application will appear in the list of open Creative Sonoma grants at 5:00pm PT on February 3, 2020. Click on the black Submittable button to get started.


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