Recovery Fund: Physical Loss Applications

The Creative Sonoma Recovery Fund has been established to provide relief to Sonoma County creative individuals, businesses, and organizations that experienced physical or economic loss due to the 2017 Northern California wildfires.

NOTE:  For those who have not experienced physical loss due to the fires but who have experienced economic loss, please visit the Recovery Fund for Economic Loss page.

GOALS

This portion of the Recovery Fund is for those who have experienced physical loss or damage due to the fires (can range from total loss of property to smoke damage). Funds are available to individuals who are residents of Sonoma County, or organizations/businesses located in Sonoma County, for immediate and short-term basic human and art related needs including shelter, medications, art supplies, instruments, rent, mortgage, or utilities, office and creative supplies and equipment, repair and/or mitigation, and relocation costs, and more.

 
AWARD AMOUNT

Up to $1000

 
ELIGIBILITY FOR INDIVIDUALS

Applicants must be able to document a history of working in the arts/creative industry for at least five years and evidence of financial need. Past employment can be full-time, part-time, self-employed, or contract. While you must be a Sonoma County resident to apply for assistance, your work may have occurred anywhere geographically.

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 (full-time, part-time, or contract).

  • Creative Background – a 5-year history of working in the arts and/or creative industries
  • Financial Need – beginning at 300% and below of the Federal poverty level. If your household income is above the threshold, please do submit an application as additional grants may be available after funding individuals who meet the initial thresholds.
  • Scope of Loss – description and documentation of the direct loss from the 2017 Wine Country Fires

 
ELIGIBILITY FOR ORGANIZATIONS/BUSINESSES

  • Creative History – Organizations/businesses with an established history in an arts or creative industry may apply. Eligible organizations/businesses Include all performing, visual, media, and literary arts organizations, arts service organizations and schools, creative enterprises in the design fields or in any of the above arts disciplines, or crafts, makers, and artisans. Please contact us if you are not sure if your business falls into any of these categories.
  • Financial Need – Illustrate a financial loss due to lost/damaged property or income. You will be asked to list the most recent three-year history of net annual income (after salaries are paid
  • Scope of Loss – Provide a description and documentation of the direct physical loss. The organization/business must be physically located in Sonoma County. 

 
Read more about eligibility and requirements in the Guidelines below.

 
DEADLINE TO APPLY

Applications are open and are being accepted on an ongoing rolling basis.

 
GUIDELINES AND APPLICATIONS

Individuals
Organizations/Businesses

 
HOW TO APPLY

  • Fill out the application online (preferred, with quickest turnaround time):

 

INDIVIDUALS:

submit

ORGANIZATIONS/BUSINESSES:

submit

Organizations/Businesses – at least one piece of fire damage documentation (photograph(s), insurance documentation) is REQUIRED. We welcome optional documentation illustrating your business operation history such as business licenses, by-laws, utility bills, lease/mortgage bills, or other background info.

For a PRINTABLE and/or SPANISH application, contact: creativesonoma@sonoma-county.org

 
FOR MORE INFORMATION

QUESTIONS/PREGUNTAS? For more information contact/para recibir información sobre la aplicación en español, contácte: gloria.rubio@sonoma-county.org.

To DONATE to the fund, please visit: creativesonoma.org/recovery-fund

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