After Hurricane Ian swept through Southwest Florida, causing an estimated $50 billion in damage, The Suncoast Disaster Recovery Fund was activated to address the long-lasting impacts on people's lives anticipating the needs that will emerge beyond emergency relief.
The purpose of the Suncoast Disaster Recovery Fund is to support and benefit Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto and Charlotte Counties for disaster recovery to improve individual, family, and community resiliency, helping people rebuild their lives beyond initial rebuilding of structures. Successful recovery will support individuals and families to be able to rebound from their losses and sustain their physical, social, economic, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being, and restore structures, systems, and services, as well as address sources of inequitable and unjust outcomes.
Through research, site visits, and listening sessions with the most impacted communities, the following areas surfaced as both typical disaster recovery funding gaps as well as areas of enduring need throughout the four-county region. In most cases, these challenges existed prior to a hurricane and the crisis amplified them.
Grant proposals focused on these areas will receive priority:
- Case Management
- Children & Youth Services/Education
- Home Repair and Housing Needs
- Legal Services
- Long Term Recovery Group (LTRG) and COAD support
Mental and Behavioral Health
Learn more about Funding Priorities details here.
In order to receive a grant through this fund, organizations must have:
An IRS Letter of Determination that shows the organization is a 501(c)3 public charity
At least one current program with local impact in one of the following counties: Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, or DeSoto
An approved/current profile in The Giving Partner, a powerful, searchable online database with over 700 profiles of charitable organizations serving Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties