Community Impact Grant Recipients

Sonoma Valley Fire and Rescue Authority
(2020 Recipient)The objective of this project is to empower SVFRA (Sonoma Valley Fire & Rescue Authority) and the residents of Sonoma Valley with real-time situational awareness tools in order for them to make educated evacuation decisions and acquire the resources to defend the community from future fire incidents. Perimeter will create a platform for first responders and civilians in the town of Sonoma with real-time information about any current disasters, as well as existing risks for which they can take preventative action.


North Bay Trades Introduction Program
(2020 Recipient)NB TIP uses the nationally recognized MC3 curriculum with North Bay Building & Construction Trades Council approval to prepare candidates for successful careers through state registered apprenticeship. This apprenticeship readiness program needs gap funds to continue it’s work into 2020. Students of the 128 hour training will receive orientation to all trades, career guidance, apprenticeship application skill development and connections to union apprenticeships and the outstanding careers which follow.
Tubbs Fire Survivors (2020 Recipient)

The grant has reimbursed the group for the cost of hosting the rally. Certain insurance companies intended to cut off access to hundreds (potentially thousands) of 2017 Northern California fire survivors’ unexhausted Additional Living Expenses (“ALE”) insurance coverage on October 8/9, 2019. In response, four Tubbs Fire survivors, in partnership with Legal Aid of Sonoma County, organized a public rally to raise awareness of the problem and motivate those insurance companies to continue their customers’ access to their existing insurance coverage.

Scott Adams, MPP Student, UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy
(2020 Recipient)This grant will fund a partnership with Rebuild NorthBay Foundation to conduct academic research to identify and catalogue best practices around building resilient internet and telecommunications infrastructure, and the utilization of temporary communications technologies to be used in crisis. The culmination of the research will be a formal paper and best practices playbook for communities to better prepare their local internet and telecommunications infrastructure and utilize temporary technologies during and post natural disaster to better support emergency response, recovery and rebuilding efforts.
Habitat Corridor Project
(2020 Recipient)
This project will fund the initial five pilot workshops they have scheduled in anticipation of CalFIRE funding next year. These workshops will test the materials and presentations and start five neighborhoods on their way to resilience. This project is a partnership between UC Master Gardeners Program of Sonoma County, Sonoma Ecology Center and the Habitat Corridor Project. They are coming together to help Sonoma County residence build resiliency into their lives through these workshops on fire safe defensible landscapes.
Mayacamas Volunteer Fire Department
(2019 Recipient)This project will provide the basic necessitates for overnight stays at the fire department for our volunteer firefighters, specifically the grant will provide filtered and iron free drinking water, cots and sleeping bags, dependable off-line am/fm radio communications news broadcast, and simple ways to cook meals for the fire fighters.Mayacamas Volunteer Fire Department

Nuestra Communidad
(2019 Recipient)The non-profit organization Nuestra Comunidad (NC) works throughout Sonoma County in delivering bilingual, disaster preparedness education to diverse population with an emphasis on vulnerable and under-served communities.  They will focus on bilingual populations and will provide disaster outreach presentations for senior citizens in Sonoma County.
KSVY & City Of Sonoma
(2019 Recipient)KSVY 91.3 Sonoma is non-profit community radio at its best—completely adopted by the Sonoma community. With over 60 volunteer hosts from the Sonoma area, each with varying interests and life views, KSVY’s programming is free of the constraints of commercial interest. The RiseUp Community Impact Grant will be used to purchase two generators for KSVY’s main station and their transmitter tower. This project will enable both KSVY and the City of Sonoma to remain in contact with the valley during the event of a power shut off and/or crisis.

The Lime Foundation (2020 Recipient)

The NextGen Trades Academy is for students who may not have the opportunity to go to college. We train and help students find gainful employment in the trades fields and provide a workforce for local contractors. The RiseUp Community Impact Grant will be used for the purpose of supporting the NextGen Trades Academy 2019-2020 school year.

Office of Resiliency and Recovery Sonoma County
(2019 Recipient)The Office of Resiliency and Recovery Sonoma County will use the RiseUp Community Impact Grant for Sonoma Ready Day, an event, which will offer emergency resources, demonstrations, short lectures, emergency vehicle displays, and tools to educate and empower community members to withstand and recover from emergencies.

News of the
North Bay
(2019 Recipient)News of the North Bay creates unique, original news content found nowhere else. These are the stories of our neighbors, businesses, news makers and issues that define our lives here in the North Bay Area.The RiseUp Community Impact Grant will support News of the North Bay’s continuing coverage of issues, events, and people-oriented news stories, including that of rebuilders and their efforts to become more resilient.

University of California Cooperative Extension Sonoma County
(2019 Recipient)The mission of the University of California Cooperative Extension is to extend information developed at the University of California to enhance quality of life and the environmental and economic well-being of the citizens of California through research and education.UCCE Sonoma County will use their RiseUp Community Impact Grant for the purpose of targeted soil testing in community and school gardens and local farms based on high dioxin levels found at a school garden site in Santa Rosa from samples collected and analyzed after the 2017 wildfires.


Lake County Community Risk Reduction Authority
(2019 Recipient)The LCCRRA is a comprehensive, overarching, collaborative approach to their community’s biggest concern — wildfires. The formation of the LCCRRA provides a means to reach out to the public about fire prevention, ways to protect their homes, how to improve their own properties, and as a broader and more long-range project, build partnerships with agencies to be part of and create large vegetation management projects. The RiseUp Community Impact Grant will help to further this project.

North Bay Construction Corps (2019 Recipient)

The North Bay Construction Corps is a 5-month training program that introduces high school seniors to careers in construction and the trades.  The RiseUp Community Impact Grant will assist in expanding the construction training program and adding additional chapters in both Napa and Lake Counties.

Mendocino County Fire Safe Council
(2019 Recipient)

MCFSC is exploring the concept of developing in-house capabilities to own and operate a community fire-safety-focused vegetation management and defensible space program.  The RiseUp Community Impact Grant will assist in this endeavor. 


Glen Ellen Forum
(2019 Recipient)

The Glen Ellen Forum is building a stronger community; working together from a positive frame of mind on common goals; valuing experiences, with a shared sense of civil discourse and respect of participants; and carrying out work with elements of tolerance, co-operation, compromise, diversity, preservation and inclusiveness. The RiseUp Community Impact Grant will help the Forum to provide sheds and replacement landscaping for fire survivors.

Wolf Creek Firewise Community
(2019 Recipient)

Wolf Creek Firewise Community are neighbors helping to comply with the new Lake County ordinance regarding weed and brush abatement. They have contacted 800 property owners with information about the new ordinance and offer to volunteer in assisting with compliance. The RiseUp Community Impact Grant will contribute to buying supplies and equipment that will assist Lake County residents in complying with new weed abatement ordinances.

Mendocino County Construction Corps.
(2019 Recipient)

MCCC Is a four month construction training program for high school seniors. Participants will meet one evening a week, and one Saturday per month for the four months. At the end of the four months, participants will take part in a two week “boot camp” where they will practice the skills about which they have learned.

The RiseUp Community Impact Grant will assist in the continuation of the program.

Mendocino County Construction Corps.



Cobb Area Council
(2019 Recipient)

The Cobb Area Council (“CAC”) was formed in the summer of 2016 as a Municipal Advisory Council to support and advise the Lake County Board of Supervisors (“BOS”) on the specific needs of the Cobb Area. Following the Valley Fire of 2015, it became apparent that the Cobb communities needed a forum for public discussion, with the capacity to bring urgent needs to the county government. On June 9, 2016, the community voted unanimously to pass the resolution to create the CAC. A few weeks later, the BOS approved the resolution, as well.

Rebuild Green EXPO 2019
(2019 Recipient)

Back by popular demand from 2018, the EXPO is a showcase for all aspects of how to build a healthy, low-carbon home.

Rebuild Green Expo 2019

Pawnee Fire Relief for Lake County – 2019 Grant

Rebuild Northbay Foundation’s (RBNF) board of directors held an emergency
meeting on June 25th, 2018 in response to growing Pawnee wildfire in Lake County.
The RNBF board approved an immediate donation of $25,000 to Lake County to
offset the cost of fighting the Pawnee fire.

Read more about Pawnee Fire Relief for Lake County.