Community Emergency Relief Fund
CERF (Community Emergency Relief Fund) is designated for broad-based community emergencies in Southwest Colorado. Established in 2008 in response to the Season’s Restaurant fire, CERF has been activated for the Gold King Mine spill in 2015, the Adobe Building fire in Pagosa Springs in 2016, the 416 Fire in 2018, and the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021.
The Community Foundation activates the Community Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) when needs arise in SW Colorado.
Community stakeholders, including representatives from public health, local governments, school districts, businesses, and nonprofits, prioritize available funds to meet immediate needs in our region, including public health & safety and economic impacts.