Recreation & Play Initiative


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.



Access to youth sports and activities in the region was severely impacted by the 2018 Camp Fire, both through the destruction of infrastructure in the burn scar area and through diminished capacity outside of the burn scar area due to the displacement of people. The Recreation & Play Initiative is designed to address the needs of youths in the affected communities by increasing their ability to play and expanding the availability of and access to organizations and programs that will provide stability in the aftermath of the crisis and uncertainty that children in these communities have faced.

Successful proposals will seek to create, expand, or increase access to youth programs (in-school, after-school, or extracurricular) to address trauma and stress caused by the Camp Fire. This will include youth and high school sports programs, especially those which have adopted or plan to adopt a trauma-informed coaching model.
We will consider funding in the following areas:

  • Expanding access to and increase the infrastructure of youth sports and family recreation programs, including in-school, after-school and extracurricular activities.

  • Funding opportunities to expand access to those who are underserved and/or have been impacted by the Camp Fire, including providing vouchers and scholarships for program fees.

  • Funding to expand the local infrastructure and equipment for youth sports and family recreation activities.

  • Proposals to integrate quality coach models that would also include trauma-informed training into youth sports.

To review to full Butte Strong Fund Grant Guidelines, click here.



To apply for a grant from the Butte Strong Fund - Recreation and Play Initiative, 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 - Recreation and Play Initiative under the Apply page. 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

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