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CERF Funds for Small Businesses/Nonprofits

Announcing a new initiative from the Community Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) to support Durango and Silverton Nonprofits and Businesses.

So far, CERF has provided emergency bridge funding to more than 200 community members who experienced job interruption and almost 200 evacuees directly related to the 416 Fire. In addition, CERF is supporting the Community Emergency Assistance Coalition (CEAC), a collaborative multi-agency effort aimed at providing emergency assistance to individuals and families facing a financial crisis, to assist with long-term financial struggles that are a direct result of the 416 Fire.

Now CERF is launching a $100,000 grant initiative to support nonprofit fundraising efforts and infuse cash into local businesses impacted by the 416 Fire.

This is a win-win-win proposition. It enables nonprofits to strengthen relationships with local businesses by using grant funds to pay for items they usually ask to be donated. It improves the ability for nonprofits to meet budgets since we anticipate corporate sponsorship dollars to be down in the second part of 2018. It infuses cash into local businesses, and enables CERF to ensure the money raised by the community to support the community is spent in the community. Lastly, the local spending will increase sales tax revenue.

The process is simpler than it sounds, and the application should take 5-10 minutes.
Businesses affected by the 416 Fire are encouraged to apply to be on our vendor list. This includes event supplies, restaurants, hotels, recreation/adventure, boutiques and retail shops. (There are no strings attached — please apply!) In order to receive any of these grant dollars from nonprofits, businesses need to be on our vendor list.

Nonprofits located in Durango and Silverton are invited to apply to be given grant dollars that they agree to spend locally at businesses on our vendor list. (Free shopping spree – how fun!) Nonprofits will provide basic information found on your organization’s 990. In order to receive funds, nonprofits will also attend a one-hour professional development seminar.

Both the business and nonprofit applications close on August 30. Go to swcoda.org to learn more and apply.

Next steps:  The ripple effects of the 416 Fire will be with us for months, possibly even years. CERF is evaluating ways to maximize dollars raised to support the community around mudslide, rockslide, flash flooding and consequences to our waterways and agriculture.

CERF Funds for Job Interruption and Evacuation Assistance

Southwest Colorado Disaster Assistance (SWCODA) is now accepting applications to provide relief funds for 416 Fire evacuees. The application deadline evacuees is July 20, 2018. In addition the “Job Interruption” application deadline has been extended to July 13, 2018 for those who lost work during the 416 Fire.

Who are we going to help?

The Community Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) is set up for broad-based community emergencies in Southwest Colorado through the Community Foundation. 416 Fire evacuees and hourly employees in La Plata and San Juan Counties are potentially eligible for relief funds and should apply through the Southwest Colorado Disaster Assistance online application.

  • 416 Fire evacuees are eligible for $40/ per day of evacuation. Proof of evacuation is required, and pre-evacuation is not eligible.
  • Hourly employees that experienced job interruption due to the 416 Fire are potentially eligible for assistance. Pending approval, applicants will receive $250 – $500 in bridge funding.

How do you request Funds?

  1. Fill out the on-line application. You can find the application at https://swcoda.org/.
  2. You will be notified via email whether or not you are approved for funding.
  3. If you are approved, you will be given instructions on how to pick up your bridge funding. Bridge funding is provided in the form of gift cards for food, gas, utilities and other immediate expenses.
  4. You will need your ID to pick up your bridge funding and verify your identity – no exceptions.

Proposed Timeline

  • Job interruption application deadline – July 13, 2018
    • Funds will be distributed in Durango on July 11 & 18, 2018  
  • Evacuees application deadline – July 20, 2018
    • Funds will be distributed in Durango after July 23, 2018

Donate to CERF

The Community Foundation is currently receiving  donations for the Community Emergency Relief Fund (CERF).  This fund is set up for broad-based community emergencies in SW Colorado. Our Advisory Committee is working with government agencies and local businesses to develop a strategy for distributing the funds raised. Our efforts will support local people and efforts related to the 416 Fire. To donate to CERF, you can send a check payable to The Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1673, Durango, CO 81302 (with CERF in the memo line) or donate online at www.swcommunityfoundation.org.

Feel free to call the office if you have additional questions. 970-375-5807.

Grant deadlines approaching!

The 19th Hole Concert Series grant opportunity for Archuleta County nonprofits opens on March 12 and closes on April 6.

The Ballantine Family Fund grant application closes on March 31.

The 12.4.2 grant opportunity for La Plata County nonprofits that support efforts in youth, environment or human services, closes on April 12.

 

Salary & Benefits Survey for Nonprofits

Help create a valuable tool for Nonprofits in Southwest Colorado.

Participate in the 2018 Colorado Nonprofit Salary & Benefits Survey, available through the Colorado Nonprofit Association. Whether you have one part-time employee or 20, your salary data helps build a resource that many nonprofits rely on to determine fair, competitive compensation packages.

Participants receive a 50% discount on the survey publication, once complete. The survey is open through March 30. It takes about 15 minutes to complete, and asks questions about salaries, benefits, paid-time-off policies, and ED education and experience. You may save and submit later as well.

Click here to begin the survey now!

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