Last month, we introduced guidelines to our Texas Foundations Fund Disaster Recovery grant program at the TSAHC Board meeting.
Our motivation for creating a new disaster recovery grant program was simple -- to provide funds to organizations responding to disasters in a more efficient way. The Board approved the publication of the guidelines for public comment to give Texas nonprofits and communities the opportunity to share their input.
TSAHC and disaster recovery activities
TSAHC first awarded grants for disaster recovery in 2008 in the aftermath of Hurricanes Ike and Dolly, which ravaged the Texas coast from Galveston to the Rio Grande Valley. In 2017, we partnered with the Rebuild Texas Fund and Enterprise Community Partners to launch the Housing and Economic Assistance to Rebuild Texas program. This initiative provided millions of dollars in grant funding and resiliency training to assist organizations providing home repairs and services in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
And in 2021, we provided $300,000 in grant funding to organizations responding to Winter Storm Uri which impacted nearly every county in Texas. Collectively, these response efforts provided relief to thousands of households and allowed individuals and families to get back on their feet.
A new program to respond to disasters quickly
What we discovered over the years is that organizations can better respond to disasters if they have access to funds immediately. We also know that natural disasters are occurring more frequently and with more intensity.
TSAHC's new disaster recovery program will accept applications throughout the year as long as funding is available, allowing organizations to apply in the immediate aftermath of a devastating weather event. To expedite the review process, applicants must have received a prior grant through TSAHC's Texas Foundations Fund or HEART grant programs and be current on all reporting requirements.
Our Texas Foundastions Fund Disaster Recovery Guidelines are currently available for public comment until Friday, October 28th at 5:00pm. We invite you to review them and provide any input you may have. Please submit public comment via email to Michael Wilt at [email protected] with the subject line ‘Texas Foundations Fund Disaster Recovery Public Comment’.
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