March 29:
Application deadline

April 12:
Notification will be made to all applicants

April 19:
Final invoices due for direct payment

May 15:
All purchases made and delivered

July 15:
One page project summary due (including project activities, impact, and/or lessons learned, including digital images of final product/project)

Representatives of Mini Award recipients present at the Summer ECA SoCal Regional Workshop (date and location to be determined)

Questions: Contact Gabriela Noriega, socal@earthquakecountry.org.

2019 ECA SoCal Mini Awards


Earthquake Country Alliance Associates are known for their commitment to earthquake risk reduction. The purpose of the ECA SoCal Mini Award Program is to assist Associates in their efforts to improve earthquake resilience, promote awareness and preparedness, and to multiply the impact of their programs.

Award Overview

  • Most awards will be $500.00; Proposals for up to $1000 can be submitted (but applicants must make a compelling case)
  • 8-12 awards will be given
  • Funding for ECA activities is managed by the Southern California Earthquake Center at USC, through a grant from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services

Eligible Applicants

  • Must be a registered Earthquake Country Alliance Associate in Southern California (join at EarthquakeCountry.org/alliance) **NOTE** The Associate Application is working now, however there is an issue with the approval process. Do not worry about receiving your approval notification- all you need to do is submit the Associate application at this time.
  • Open to public and private organizations (agencies, institutions, businesses, associations, etc.)
  • Awards will only be given to individuals who are already affiliated with an established preparedness organization

Eligible Use of Funds

  • Must be earthquake related (not general preparedness), with priority given to proposals for mitigation activities (see Step 1 and Step 4), however other earthquake preparedness activities can also be proposed.
  • Your application must detail how you will distribute/implement the materials you receive, who it will benefit, and how you will evaluate the results.
  • Must be used to benefit those in the ECA SoCal region (Imperial, Kern, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego Counties)
  • Funding will be administered directly to the vendor identified in the proposal
  • Cannot be used for staff labor costs
  • Pre-identified options of $500 packages of materials are listed next (and on the application); you can also propose other items to be purchased on your behalf

$500 Pre-Identified Packages
Choose one (or two if making the case for receiving $1000) of these 11 package options (OR you can propose other items to be purchased). Each package below is worth far more than $500, thanks to significant discounts of up to 50% by our fantastic partners!

Details of each of the following options are in our 2019 ECA Mini Award Options Catalog.

“Secure Your Space” Packages (3 separate $500 options)
Note: Proposals for these packages will be given priority in the selection process

  • Secure a School Kit (file cabinet or bookshelf wall fasteners, cabinet latches, monitor straps, refrigerator strap, printer/electronics strap) from Safe-T-Proof
  • Secure a Community Organization or Small Workplace Kit (furniture straps, file cabinet straps, large appliance/refrigerator strap, bookshelf straps, tabletop electronics straps, A-Maze-ing Picture Hooks, cabinet door latches, QuakeHold! putty, museum wax, gas shut off wrenches) from ReadyAmerica
  • Secure 10 Living Spaces Kit (Furniture straps, tabletop electronics straps, A-Maze-ing picture hooks, cabinet door latches, QuakeHold ! putty, museum wax, gas shut off wrenches, flat screen TV straps) from ReadyAmerica

“Plan to Be Safe” Packages (5 separate $500 options)

“Organize Disaster Supplies” Packages (3 separate $500 options)

  • Community Organization / Small Workplace Supplies (3 day emergency supplies for 20 people, including site safety kit with lighting, tools, and other safety equipment) from ReadyAmerica
  • School Supplies (10 classroom “lockdown” kits and 10 classroom first aid kits) from More Prepared
  • Individual Supplies (20 backpacks each containing 3 days of emergency supplies for 1 person) from ReadyAmerica

Evaluation and Reporting Requirements

  • Selected Mini Award recipients will submit a one-page project summary by July 15 (including project activities, impact and/or lessons learned, including digital images or videos of final product/project)
  • Representatives of Mini Award recipients must give a brief (typically) 5 minute summary of their project at the Summer ECA SoCal Regional Workshop (location and date to be determined)

Application Instructions

Only online applications will be accepted.
Submit your application using our online form.

Application must be submitted online by by 11:59pm PDT on Friday, March 29th


Questions: Contact Gabriela Noriega, socal@earthquakecountry.org.

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