Our Response to the Fires in Napa County

The Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund is responding to the LNU Lightening Complex Fires and the Glass Fire.  So far, the Foundation has granted nearly $2 million to supply gift cards for immediate needs and temporary shelter to those displaced by the fires, to provide essential emergency services, like counseling, mental and physical healthcare, food access and insurance navigation, and to seed the cash aid program.

On August 18, 2020 and September 28, 2020, respectively, Governor Newsom declared states of emergencies for wildfires, including those in Napa County.

Emergency Financial Assistance is now available for homeowners and renters whose primary residence in Napa County was damaged or destroyed by the LNU Fire Complex or Glass Fire and for workers who live in Napa County facing economic hardship as a result of the firestorms.

To learn more, download the flyer in English and Spanish.

Emergency financial assistance will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis to qualified applicants until June 30, 2021.  Those who wish to apply must call or email UpValley Family Centers at (707) 965-5010 or efa@upvalleyfamilycenters.org to schedule a phone appointment with a case manager.  To download an application or learn more, please visit UpValley Family Centers’ website. Staff at UpValley Family Centers is available to assist in completing an application in English or Spanish.

Read our press release of September 30, 2020, here, October 27, 2020 here, and February 16, 2021 here.

Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund grantees to-date providing services to those affected by the fires:


Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership

Community Action Napa Valley

Cope Family Center

County of Napa for Zonehaven Evacuation Management Platform

Crosswalk Church

Fair Housing Napa Valley


Napa Communities Firewise Foundation

Ole Health


Puertas Abiertas Community Resource Center

Salvation Army

United Policyholders

UpValley Family Centers

NVCF also is funding and working in close coordination with Napa Valley Community Organizations Active in Disaster (aka, the Napa Valley COAD), a grouping of community service organizations whose mission is to improve coordination and communication among nonprofits — and between local government agencies, the charitable sector, faith communities and the private sector — before, during and after disasters. During an active disaster, the Napa Valley COAD works closely with the Napa County Emergency Operation Center to assess urgent needs, identify short-term gaps and gather information that will inform longer-term recovery efforts.

To learn more about additional recovery resources, and government sponsored assistance programs, like FEMA and SBA, visit ReadyNapaCounty.org.

Napa Valley Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD)

In 2016, Napa Valley Community Foundation created the Napa Valley COAD, a network of more than 100 nonprofit, faith community and government sector groups whose mission is to improve coordination and communication before, during and after a disaster. Napa Valley COAD is activated to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in Napa County, and acts as a liaison in the Emergency Operations Center between local government and the nonprofits serving our community. The Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund supports the operations of the Napa Valley COAD and many of the disaster relief services provided by safety net nonprofits collaborating through COAD to meet unmet needs that arise.

About the Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund

The Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund is managed by Napa Valley Community Foundation and was established with a $10 million lead gift from Napa Valley Vintners following the 2014 South Napa Earthquake. So far, the Fund has distributed more than $25 million for relief and recovery from recent disasters.

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