Grants from Central Texas Wildfire Fund
The Austin Community Foundation takes our role as stewards of your donation very seriously. By working with leaders and organizations "on the gound," working directly with the families and businesses in the affected areas, we give grants to organizations that then leverage that funding to help the money go further.
The following grants were made from the Central Texas Wildfire Fund. To learn more about the Central Texas Wildfire Fund, click here.
Victim Fund, Volunteer Leadership
$130,000 to Austin Disaster Relief Network to support 400 families in Bastrop, most of whom had little to no insurance. (December 2011)
Family Support, Case Management and Basic Needs
$90,000 to Society of St. Vincent de Paul – South Central Region to support 23 caseworkers serving 800 families and helping them navigate federal, state and local agencies; insurance and contractors. (December 2011)
$50,145 to United Policy Holders, a nonprofit that provides families who are insured with workshops and instruction through its "Roadmap to Recovery" program. (December 2011)
$50,000 to Capital Area Food Bank, which distributed emergency food to its pantries in those areas as well as to continue to support the pantries it serves for the next 12 months. (December 2011)
$30,000 to Bastrop Pink Santa, which lost $15,000 of toys in the wildfire, and now must recover from that loss as well as the addition of up to 800 more children affected by the wildfire. (December 2011)
$29,376 to United Policyholders: Will extend the Roadmap to Recovery program grant awarded in December 2011 through the end of 2012. With this supplemental grant, UP will conduct a follow-up one year recovery survey. A workshop will also be held about upcoming deadlines in regards to insurance mortgages, and construction. UP is a national nonprofit that helps wildfire victims replace and rebuild. (May 2012)
Immediate & Basic Needs (all in September 2011)
$10,100 for HEB Gift Cards to hand out to victims and volunteer fire fighters.
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Debris Clean-Up and Economic Recovery
$100,574 to American YouthWorks to support staff-led volunteer groups clearing, repairing and rebuilding Bastrop State Park, which brings in more than $2 million in revenue to Bastrop County each year. The wildfires destroyed more than 96 percent of the approximately 6,565-acre park. (December 2011)
$120,000 to American YouthWorks: Under the direction of the Texas Forest Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and other partners, AYW’s Bastrop Recovery Crew will perform ecological restoration projects on public and private lands as outlined in the "Bastrop Lost Pines Habitat Recovery Project". Goals include erosion control, replanting, Loblolly pine reforestation, fire mitigation and hazardous tree clearing activities. (May 2012)
$50,000 to Spicewood Long-Term Recovery Committee, sponsored by Grace Outreach Family Church, to rebuild homes lost to wildfire that were also uninsured or underinsured. (Because Bastrop was declared a "federal disaster area," residents in similar circumstances received assistance from FEMA. Spicewood was not declared a federal disaster area.) (December 2011)
$5,000 to Spicewood Long-Term Recovery Committee to purchase tools, workboots and protective gear. (December 2011)
$205,096.24 to Bastrop Long-Term Recovery Team: The Bastrop County Long Term Recovery Team will rebuild 10 fire-resistant homes for uninsured low-income families and hire a Bastrop County Rebuild Resource Manager to oversee all phases of the building process. (May 2012)
$35,000 to Spicewood Volunteer Fire Department to purchase a fire-fighting brush truck and replace one of their fire trucks that was lost in the wildfire. (December 2011)
$20,000 to Texas Wildfire Relief Fund to purchase gear for volunteer firefighters. (December 2011)