February 28:
Application deadline

Applicants notified of results

Final invoices due for direct payment (if not selecting from our packages)

All purchases delivered

One-page project summary due

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.

2020 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

  • Awards are provided as purchases on your behalf up to $500.00
  • 8-15 awards are available
  • You may submit more than one application (for different activities), though most organizations will receive only one award in order to support broader efforts.
  • Funding for ECA activities is managed by the Southern California Earthquake Center at USC, including 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, however there is an issue with the approval process. Do not worry about receiving your approval notification- you only need to submit the Associate application at this time.
  • Open to public and private sector organizations (agencies, institutions, businesses, associations, etc.)
  • Awards will only be given to individuals if they are affiliated with an established preparedness organization

Eligible Use of Funds

  • Purchases must be earthquake related (not general preparedness), with priority given to proposals for mitigation activities (see EarthquakeCountry.org/step1 and EarthquakeCountry.org/step4), however other earthquake preparedness activities may also be supported
  • 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 So Cal region (Kern, Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties)
  • Funding will be paid directly to the vendor identified in the proposal
  • Cannot be used for staff labor costs
  • You can propose purchases of eligible materials priced (with tax/shipping) up to $500, or choose from our pre-identified packages, as follows:

$500 Pre-Identified Packages

Each package below is worth far more than $500, thanks to significant discounts of up to 50% by our fantastic partners!

Details for each of the following options are in our 2020 ECA Mini Award Options Catalog.

“Secure Your Space” Packages (4 separate $500 options)
Note: Proposals for these packages will be given priority in the selection process

  • 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
  • 20 Residential Home Fastening Starter Kits (Television strap, bookshelf/etc. strap, 2 cabinet latches) from Safe-T-Proof
  • Secure a School Kit (file cabinet or bookshelf wall fasteners, cabinet latches, monitor straps, refrigerator strap, printer/electronics strap) from Safe-T-Proof

“Plan to Be Safe” Packages (3 separate $500 options)

“Organize Disaster Supplies” Packages (4 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
  • Community Organization / Small Workplace Supplies (1 20 person kit (3 days), 2 Floor Warden Kits, 1 Trauma Pak Pro, 20 personal hygiene kits (specify # male and # female, totaling 20) from More Prepared
  • 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 1-2 page project summary by May 31 (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 So Cal Regional Workshop (location and date to be determined)

Application Instructions

Applications were due online by 11:59pm PDT on Friday, February 28th

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