Cal OES Seeks Partners to Uplift Outreach and Education Efforts to Vulnerable Communities


This communications funding will help enhance the Listos California campaign partner work

SACRAMENTO – The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) today announced funding to help the Listos California campaign through a comprehensive communications effort and partner-assistance contract.

The $9.5 million contract will help provide Listos California partners the tools, resources and broader communication and outreach support to help vulnerable communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters and emergencies in easy-to-read, approachable and culturally sensitive content.

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization
  • Have organizational experience managing or supporting statewide and local campaigns similar to the size, scope and complexity of services
  • Have the experience and the ability to take lead and collaborate with several selected vendors, consultants and other third parties
  • Be listed in good standing with both the California Secretary of State and the Franchise Tax Board

This funding prioritizes outreach and education opportunities to communities that are both socially vulnerable and at high risk of being impacted by a fire, flood, earthquake, drought or heatwave. Specifically, the state sought to identify communities by prioritizing California census tracts according to their estimated hazard exposures and social vulnerability.


Interested applicants can find additional details, background, and application instructions below:

All proposals must be delivered by emailing

Non-Profits may submit questions by email to


Available to Prospective Non-Profits April 8, 2022
Deadline to Submit Questions April 15, 2022, 5:00 PM
Deadline for Responses to Questions April 20, 2022, 5:00 PM
Final Date for Submission of Proposals April 28, 2022, 5:00 PM


See answers to questions here.


This contract is part of a broader effort to provide local and statewide partners with grant funding needed to reach communities that are both socially vulnerable and at high risk of being impacted by a fire, flood, earthquake, drought or heatwave.

The four local partner program grants include:

  • Targeted grants: For community-based organizations serving the most socially vulnerable Californians at risk for adverse impacts from natural disasters.
  • Statewide grants: For community-based organizations working with socially vulnerable populations outside the target areas.
  • Tribal Government grants: For state’s federally recognized Tribal Governments to conduct outreach.
  • Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT): For training to vulnerable and underserved populations.



Under the authorities of the California Emergency Services Act, Cal OES serves as the state’s leadership hub during all major emergencies and disasters. This includes responding, directing, and coordinating state and federal resources and mutual aid assets across all regions to support the diverse communities across the state.

Since 2019, Listos California has worked with communities across the state to boost resiliency, provide new accessible in-language information and advance a new culture of disaster preparedness