How to Apply
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.
If you are applying to the Butte Strong Fund - Capacity Building grant program, there is no grant inquiry. Simply select Butte Strong Fund - Capacity Building grant program in the grant portal after clicking "Apply Now" below.
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:
- Tax Status: Be qualified as a tax-exempt public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, be fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3), or be classified as a unit of local government (including public schools). Qualified entities include churches that serve congregations of at least 100 people and the proposed projects or programs are not denomination specific and meet the specific criteria. Other organizations may also propose projects that meet the specific criteria but may be required to partner with a 501(c)(3) entity.
- Non-Discrimination: 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.
- Geography: Programs and projects must clearly benefit Butte County residents who have been directly and/or indirectly impacted by the Camp Fire.
- Use of Funds: Our funds are deployed strategically where other sources of funding are not available. As much as possible, we leverage our grants by first tapping into federal and state aid programs and insurance. The project must not supplant public funding or fill gaps that the government and/or private insurance have committed to providing.
- Restrictions: The Butte Strong Fund will not consider grant requests for fundraising events, annual funds, endowment funds, political lobbying, individuals, or activities that are restricted to members of a faith community. Capital improvements such as new structures, repair of damaged structures, or acquisition of structures will generally not be considered except for possible short-term, low- or no-interest loans.
- Frequency: Eligible entities may not apply for more than one grant for the same program or project within a 12-month period.
Housing and Health & Wellness were identified as top issues facing the community prior to the Camp Fire, and are now clearly the most critical areas of need for all of the residents who have been directly and indirectly impacted through the fire. An adequate supply of safe, stable, and affordable housing is key to having healthy communities and a thriving economy as well as to meet the needs of those who lost their homes and/or experienced significant housing cost increases due to the Camp Fire. Moreover, the effect of sudden changes in population redistribution has a serious impact on the health and wellness for the community as a whole.
The Butte Strong Fund will work with partners to increase the supply of permanent housing, particularly affordable housing in our region. The Butte Strong Fund will seek to leverage its dollars strategically, building the capacity of the whole system to generate more housing, rather than focusing on individual housing developments. Investments will be data-informed, aligning with community-wide housing needs, priorities, and solutions.
Health & Wellness
The Butte Strong Fund will partner with organizations to help our community recover from the wide-spread trauma and support efforts to building community-wide resilience. Butte Strong Fund is particularly interested in helping to build a stronger behavioral health system that can provide access to care for all affected community members. This program will invest in deeper services to improve mental, physical, spiritual and emotional well-being for our most vulnerable populations and those most directly impacted. The Butte Strong Fund believes in supporting evidence-based programs and ensuring a trauma-informed approach across all of our systems of care.
To review to full Butte Strong Fund Grant Guidelines, click here.
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 are applying for a Capacity Building grant, select Butte Strong Fund - Capacity Building Grant Program. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.