Accepting grant applications (Press Release)

Butte Strong Fund Accepting Applications


David Little, director of communications, North Valley Community Foundation. Email:, 530-966-1106.

Robin Gregory, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.,, 530-228-6659.




The Butte Strong Fund is accepting grant applications for organizations and agencies that qualify for Camp Fire recovery and rebuilding funds.

Organizations are asked to visit 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 applications then will be reviewed by the three founders of the Butte Strong Fund — the North Valley Community Foundation, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and the Aaron Rodgers NorCal Fire Recovery Fund.

Sierra Nevada and Aaron Rodgers will maintain the decisions on the use of their donated funds. NVCF has established a nine-person committee of community leaders, most with ties to Paradise, Magalia or Concow, to evaluate and determine which applications are approved and how much money will be allocated from NVCF.  

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.

“We have been thoughtful about every grant made in response to the Camp Fire,” said Alexa Benson-Valavanis, president and CEO of the North Valley Community Foundation. “To date, we have granted more than $2.4 million from our Camp Fire Relief Fund, and facilitated more than $3 million in NVCF donor-directed and sponsor-directed relief efforts

“However, as we shift to the long-term recovery work it has always been our intention to appoint an independent group of people to determine the most appropriate use of our philanthropic dollars. I believe we have the right group in place. They have our trust and confidence. I am so hopeful that NVCF and the Butte Strong Fund will play a meaningful role in the long-term recovery of this region.”

The Butte Strong Fund, established last month as a partnership of three major fundraising efforts, 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.

The Butte Strong Fund offers grants to organizations within six focus areas: housing, children and youth services, health and wellness, education, community development and business recovery.

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.

Grantees will be asked to provide periodic updates to track progress on the projects that are funded.

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