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Butte Strong Fund issues more than $800,000 in housing-related grants

Contacts: David Little, executive vice president, North Valley Community Foundation. Email: dlittle@nvcf.org, 530-891-1150, ext. 30. 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 22 , 2019 
 
The North Valley Community Foundation’s Butte Strong Fund has approved new grants totaling more than $800,000 to help with Camp Fire housing recovery efforts. The Butte Strong Fund’s nine-person grant selection committee on Friday approved $346,953 to help the town of Paradise open a Building Resiliency Center; $155,000 to fund a housing manager position for the county; $100,000 to open a Butte County Community Services office in Paradise; and $122,400 to fund a tool lending library and to provide wood milling and trenching services in Concow. With the latest grants, the North Valley Community Foundation has granted more than $24 million for community recovery via the Butte Strong Fund, Camp Fire Relief Fund and donor-designated funds. The Building Resiliency Center application was submitted by the town of Paradise. The center will be housed in the former Bank of America building at 6295 Skyway. The town envisions it as a one-stop shop for building permits, housing resources and assistance with the rebuilding process from town staff and supporting agencies. The staff also will offer guidance on property insurance options.  The grant will help with completion of the center, staffing and operating costs and will leverage federal funding as the required local match. Butte County submitted a $155,000 request to help fund a housing manager position for the next two years. The new position will coordinate financing for housing projects and establish financing programs for single-family construction. The housing manager will 
work with local jurisdictions, regional housing partners and developers to identify affordable housing projects with gap funding needs that may be ideal for disaster recovery funding. The county also requested $100,000 to pay for a one-year lease on a building at 7200 Skyway in Paradise for the Butte County Community Services Center. The center hopes to provide mental health and social support services in a location that is easy to access. The center will house adult mental health services, social support and employment eligibility services and disaster case management. The center still must be approved by county supervisors. The $122,400 grant to the Rebuild Concow Project will allow From the Ground Up Farms to buy a backhoe and trailer for moving wood, a portable sawmill and for trenching. It also will purchase containers to house the tool lending library and the portable sawmill, and about $72,600 in tools and materials for a tool lending program. From the Ground Up also will work with Campaign Propane to provide propane and generators in the community. In other related housing-related grants this month, the Butte Strong Fund approved: • $50,000 for the Camp Fire Equity Project, which will allow Grid Alternatives to deliver no-cost solar and energy storage solutions to low-income, disaster-affected households. • $50,000 for the Hope Crisis Response Network to employ volunteer coordinators in Butte County. The coordinators will help Volunteers Rebuilding Our Community (VROC) recruit and coordinate volunteer teams for home rebuilding events in 2020. 
 
The Butte Strong Fund provides funding for eligible organizations or local government entities that are directly serving people affected by the Camp Fire. Individual assistance is handled through those organizations with a centralized case management system. Organizations interested in applying for Butte Strong Fund grants can visit ButteStrongFund.org to determine if they qualify for funding. Those that do can submit a brief grant inquiry before being invited to submit a full application. Staff at NVCF will facilitate the application process. The Butte Strong Fund is still receiving donations. Tax-deductible donations can be sent to Butte Strong Fund, 240 Main St., Suite 260, Chico, CA 95928 or by visiting www.buttestrongfund.org.