About the Butte Strong Fund
The Camp Fire took less than 24 hours to devastate the Butte County communities of Paradise, Concow and Magalia. It will take years to recover. The Butte Strong Fund will be a catalyst to start the rebuilding process.
The fire on Nov. 8, 2018, quickly became the most destructive wildfire in state history. It killed 85 people, displaced tens of thousands and destroyed nearly 19,000 homes, businesses and other buildings.
The response from the community and around the country was rapid, with thousands of people donating time, resources, and financial support.
Now the attention turns to longer-term rebuilding with the Butte Strong Fund, a partnership of the North Valley Community Foundation, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and the Aaron Rodgers NorCal Fire Recovery Fund.
The North Valley Community Foundation’s Camp Fire Relief Fund used nearly $1.2 million early for direct relief and recovery needs — for gift cards, child care services, mental health needs, emergency shelter and much more.
After opening its doors to first responders and community members in the immediate aftermath, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. began a long-term fundraising campaign. The brewery launched the Sierra Nevada Camp Fire Relief Fund and Resilience Butte County Proud IPA, a collaborative fundraising project with more than 1,400 breweries worldwide projected to raise more than $10 million.
Aaron Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers quarterback and two-time NFL Most Valuable Player who hails from Butte County, donated $1 million initially and facilitated major donations from partner groups.
The healing and recovery needs are massive based on the levels of trauma and tragedy inflicted. There are no quick fixes for recovery. To rebuild fully, communities will need to access additional financial support for not just months, but years. Knowing this, the Butte Strong Fund was set up with the specific intent to work alongside communities for up to three years after the fire.
Apply for Funding
The Butte Strong Fund grant program is designated to support organizations that are providing direct relief to those affected by the Camp Fire in six areas of major work.How to Apply