Frequently Asked Questions about the Butte Strong Fund

Organizations can apply for grants focused on six areas:

  • Housing
  • Children and Youth Services
  • Health and Wellness
  • Education
  • Community Development
  • Business Recovery

It can’t. There’s not enough relief money to rebuild Paradise, Concow and Magalia, but we hope to help with projects that will kick-start the process and make a meaningful difference in the lives of their community members.

The North Valley Community Foundation, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and the Aaron Rodgers NorCal Fire Recovery Fund are the founders of the fund, but there are dozens of financial sponsors and many more recovery project partners.

Many. The intention of the Butte Strong Fund is to ensure that many different funding sources are not operating in silos, and that we collaborate for the benefit of Butte County. The fund aims to bring people together to promote and encourage collaboration. We do this through individual meetings, support and participation in the Long Term Recovery Group, and conversations with grant applicants while evaluating projects.

The consideration of grant requests and the final decisions on funding are made by Sierra Nevada and an NVCF committee of local stakeholders and leaders, many of whom were displaced by the fire. The nine members on the NVCF committee are: Chuck Rough, former Paradise town manager; Anna Bauer, First 5 Commission program manager; Scott Lotter, former Paradise mayor; Carol Peterson, former publisher of the Paradise Post; Don McNelis, former Butte County Office of Education superintendent; Geoffrey Chinnock, manager, Morrison & Co.; Greg Webb, local builder; Peggy Moak, former Butte County treasurer-tax collector; and Farshad Azad, board chair, North Valley Community Foundation.

The Camp Fire affects all communities in Butte County and even beyond. While the aim of the fund is to help damaged areas recover, grants may be distributed in surrounding communities if the efforts directly help people or businesses affected by the fire.

Yes. Tax-deductible donations can be sent to Butte Strong Fund, 240 Main St., Suite 260, Chico, CA 95928 or by visiting www.nvcf.org and clicking Donate.The North Valley Community Foundation uses just 1 percent of donations to put a small dent in the cost of processing, documenting, vetting grant applications and, most important, distributing funds to the people who need it.

Grants: Who’s eligible and how to apply

The Butte Strong Fund makes grants to organizations that are providing direct relief to those affected by the Camp Fire in one of the six areas of work. To be eligible to request funding, an organization must clearly show the direct benefit to those displaced by the Camp Fire that will be achieved through their project. The request also must clearly demonstrate the relationship with the key area of work that the request is being submitted under. To learn more about eligibility requirements, visit buttestrongfund.org/apply-for-funding.

Drawing on the experience of the North Valley Community Foundation and its rich history of funding and awarding grants, the Butte Strong Fund believes the organizations on the ground know their needs best. Through community connections, presence and following on social media, and outreach efforts, we will encourage eligible organizations and agencies to apply to this grant program. NVCF will facilitate the application process and the Butte Strong Fund committee will evaluate and make final decisions on the proposals received.

Organizations can apply for funding here. The representative for the applying organization will create an account in our grant system and complete the application online. For any questions, contact NVCF Director of Grants Logan Todd at ltodd@nvcf.org.

The Butte Strong Fund does not have a direct assistance program. Funding is provided only to eligible organizations that are directly serving people displaced by the Camp Fire. NVCF maintains a list of direct assistance programs on its website at www.nvcf.org.

Who is Eligible and How to Apply

The Butte Strong Fund grant program is designated to support organizations that are providing direct relief to those affected by the Camp Fire in five areas of major work.

How to Apply