To address the critical and unexpected needs of Warren County organizations impacted by disasters, Warren County Philanthropic Partnership established the Disaster Recovery Fund in 2020 and committed an initial $15,000 from its own endowment fund toward relieving the burden of disasters in our county.
Donations toward the fund are always accepted at www.desmoinesfoundation.org/warrencountydisasterfund.
Disaster Can Strike at Any Time
While the Disaster Recovery Fund was originally established to address operational and programming challenges faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, WCPP realizes disasters can happen at any time. The Disaster Recovery Fund is a long-term solution. Donations will continually be accepted and the fund will be open again whenever a disaster impacts Warren County.
Organizations experiencing operational and programming challenges due to COVID-19 may request assistance by applying for a grant.
Disaster Recovery Fund Frequently Asked Questions
Why was the Disaster Recovery Fund (DRF) created?
When a disaster happens, Warren County wants to help! The Disaster Recovery Fund was created to provide a collaborative option for donors to help address both immediate and long-term unmet needs that will arise during times of disaster. The intention of the DRF is to provide a nimble philanthropic fund for Warren County in the face of uncertainty caused by disaster. It was created to supplement, not replace, existing resources and services provided by non-profits and local, state and federal agencies. Each disaster is unique and unanticipated needs will arise. This fund is intended to be flexible and responsive in meeting needs that are not otherwise covered by existing programs.
What is the purpose of the fund?
The Disaster Recovery Fund will provide grants focused on reducing the economic and health challenges on populations negatively impacted prior to and following a disaster as well as long-term needs that may emerge. Grants awarded will supplement, not replace, other resources including government support and relief efforts in cases of local disaster. Grants will fill gaps in services and needs that are not being met by existing non-profit, local, state and federal resources and programs
How long will the fund be available/open?
While the Disaster Recovery Fund has been established to meet the immediate needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the fund will extend beyond this single disaster and is a key part of the community’s disaster response. Preparedness work will be continuous and ongoing. The fund is activated in times of local disaster.
How do you know what is the most important thing to support?
Every disaster can look different, with different impacts, different needs and different resources available for support. Warren County Philanthropic Partnership’s staff and executive committee will be in communication with local nonprofits and agencies to identify recipients with deep roots in the community and experience to deliver support and services to negatively impacted populations at moments of crisis. The funds will be used to support needs that are not being met through existing nonprofit, local, state and federal resources and programs.
How is money going to be given away?
Initial grants will be awarded outside of an application process to provide flexible support to trusted partners quickly and will be provided for direct client assistance and/or organization capacity needs due to demands of the disaster. Grants from the DRF may be awarded on a rolling basis as the evolution of the disaster and community needs is assessed. Grants will be provided to Warren County-based organizations/service providers active in current response and/or preparation in the areas of economic and health impacts for negatively impacted populations. Grants will be made only to cover needs that are not being met by existing nonprofit, local, state and federal resources and programs.
How do nonprofits apply for support from the Disaster Recovery Fund?
Initial grants will be awarded outside of an application process to provide flexible support to trusted partners quickly and will be provided for direct client assistance and/or organization capacity needs due to demands of the disaster.
Can individuals access the money for things they need like supplies, food, help with lost income, etc.? The DRF will support nonprofit organizations, rather than individuals, that provide services intended to reduce the economic and health challenges on negatively impacted populations prior to and following a disaster.
How can I make a donation to the fund?
Donations for the Disaster Recovery Fund may be made at www.desmoinesfoundation.org/warrencountydisasterfund.
How can I learn more about the fund?
Please contact the WCPP staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (515) 962-5927.
How can our nonprofit apply for funds?
Organizations experiencing operational and programming challenges due to COVID-19 may apply for assistance from the Disaster Recovery Fund at www.warrencountypp.org/DRFapplication.