Who's Eligible and How to Apply
To be eligible to request funding, an organization must clearly show the direct benefit to Butte County community members impacted by the Camp Fire that will be achieved through their project or program and clearly demonstrate the relationship with the key area of work that the request is being submitted under. See grant inquiry eligibility criteria below.
Step 1. Grant Inquiry: To predetermine eligibility, the representative for the applying organization will create an account in the grant system and click “Apply” on the Butte Strong Fund website to complete the grant inquiry. Inquiries will be evaluated and responded to within 30 days, and if the proposal fits Butte Strong Fund priorities and guidelines, you will be invited to submit a more detailed application.
Step 2. Full Application: Those who are invited to apply will be asked to provide more details to the proposal submitted in the inquiry stage. This will include a detailed program/project budget as well as specific, measurable outcomes the proposal seeks to address.
Please note: The Butte Strong Fund does not have a direct assistance program. Individuals are not eligible for direct funding. Funding is provided only to eligible organizations that are directly serving people displaced by the Camp Fire. We rely on the collective capacity of our partner organizations to most effectively and directly give the necessary assistance to those displaced by the Camp Fire.
North Valley Community Foundation administers the Butte Strong Fund.
An organization applying for a project or program grant from the Butte Strong Fund must meet the following criteria to apply:
Be qualified as a tax-exempt public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be classified as a unit of local government (including public schools).
If your organization operates as a 501 (c)(3) public charity via a fiscal agent, supporting documentation must include a letter from the fiscal agent organization that verifies the relationship and includes when the relationship was established.
Funding can only be used to pay for disaster recovery services to be provided to people impacted by the Camp Fire.
Organizations must offer programs and services without discrimination based on age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, physical ability, sexual orientation, political affiliation or religious belief.
Religious entities, including churches, congregations and other houses of worship, and/or faith-based organizations whose core functions/operations promote a specific religious doctrine or are restricted to members of a particular faith may apply for funding to support programs to benefit the community-at-large.
Only program proposals that serve community members impacted by the Camp Fire will be considered.
The Fund will not consider grant requests at this time for:
Operating overhead unrelated to the proposed program.
Grants to offset revenues which may have been lost during the Camp Fire.
Fundraisers or other events to benefit those affected by the Camp Fire.
Ongoing operating or program expenses not verifiably connected to the Camp Fire.
Annual funds or endowments funds.
Political purposes or lobbying.
Programs and/or activities that are restricted to members of a faith community or promote a specific religious doctrine.
Reimbursements (This program does not support the reimbursement of costs incurred prior to the submission of your application. Your request may only include costs that will occur in the future, after the submission of the application).
To apply for a grant from the Butte Strong Fund, click the button below and then click “Create New Account” if this is your first time logging into the system. Once you create an account, find the Butte Strong Fund under the Apply page. If you have any difficulties creating an account, please click here to view a detailed help document, and if you have any difficulties submitting your proposal, please click here. If you still need assistance, you may email NVCF Director of Grants Logan Todd at email@example.com.