Grants for housing, business recovery (Press Release)

Butte Strong Fund announces grants for housing, business recovery after Camp Fire


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 announced its first round of millions of dollars in grants today in the aftermath of the Camp Fire, including funding for housing, business recovery, children, community development, and health and wellness.

Earlier today, Wells Fargo & Company announced it will donate $3.25 million to the Butte Strong Fund, which was developed earlier this month as a partnership of three fundraising efforts coordinated by the North Valley Community Foundation, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and the Aaron Rodgers NorCal Fire Recovery Fund.

“We are incredibly grateful for the commitment from Wells Fargo to the recovery of this region. Their support of the Butte Strong Fund demonstrates a thoughtful and collaborative approach to making a significant difference in our communities, ” said Alexa Benson-Valavanis, president and CEO of the North Valley Community Foundation.

The Wells Fargo donation is part of the Butte Strong Fund’s $1 million commitment to Butte County to provide services for families in the Camp Fire emergency shelter at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico.

It’s the last emergency shelter operating in the aftermath of the Camp Fire.

Case workers have identified families who have been displaced by the Camp Fire yet are not eligible for aid because they were precariously housed before.

The county’s potential solutions include providing rental assistance to work with families and other possibilities.

Another large portion of the Wells Fargo donation is for business recovery efforts through 3Core, a nonprofit economic development company.

The Butte Strong Fund has also committed at least $1 million for temporary workforce housing at a site or sites to be determined. More than $500,000 in grant funding will be used to hire a planning consultant for the town of Paradise, to pay for an assessment of Paradise’s roads and to provide B-Line bus passes for ridge students.

The Camp Fire on Nov. 8, 2018, is the most destructive wildfire in state history. It killed 86 people, displaced tens of thousands and destroyed nearly 19,000 homes, businesses and other buildings.

The Butte Strong Fund provides funding for eligible organizations that are directly serving people displaced by the Camp Fire.

Tax-deductible donations can be sent to Butte Strong Fund, 240 Main St., Suite 260, Chico, CA 95928 or by visiting