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Butte Strong Fund

by North Valley Community Foundation
Butte Strong Fund

To date, the North Valley Community Foundation has granted more than $32 million for community recovery via the Butte Strong Fund, Camp Fire Relief Fund, and donor-designated funds. Complete lists of all grants made can be found at https://www.nvcf.org/grants and https://buttestrongfund.org/projects/

These grants have been made to hundreds of organizations for various purposes related to several categories related to Camp Fire resilience and recovery. We have made grants in various key areas of recovery, including: to support housing programs; for programs related to health and wellness; for recovery efforts for schools and educational programs; for animal service programs; for community service programs; for workforce and economic development programs; for direct assistance, which is typically cash assistance to those directly affected by the Camp Fire; and through other grants and designated funds for a variety of charitable purposes related to the recovery of our community.

Since the last report, the Butte Strong Fund has made grants continue a program to reduce fees for those seeking to rebuild their homes in the burn scar area, to support a local program that provides showers and laundry services who need it to expand into the burn scar area, to support a program designed to help those who have limited access to fresh food by purchasing it from local farmers thereby supporting both the farms and food-insecure families, among many other small and continuing grants.

The Butte Strong Fund committee is still actively meeting and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. New applications, both for major grants and smaller capacity-building grants are being received and reviewed at least once a month, and new grants are being made every two weeks. The Butte Strong has also made several grants to support these communities as they grapple with COVID-19, in coordination with the North Valley Community Foundation's COVID-19 Rapid Response fund.

Our rebuilding and recovery work will continue as long as it needs to, thanks to generous donors like yourselves. While we continue to work on these efforts, we have a special focus on mental health and healing as we approach the anniversary of the disaster. We are actively working to launch a Healing Initiative to operate alongside our other recovery efforts with a special focus on innovative solutions to the long term phycological and emotional effects of the Camp Fire on those it affected.

This will serve as the final report for the Butte Strong Fund on this platform, but please visit our websites and follow our social media accounts. We will be producing our usual annual report soon and will continue to post updates on all the work we are doing to help our community recover from the Camp Fire.

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To date, the North Valley Community Foundation has granted more than $30 million for community recovery via the Butte Strong Fund, Camp Fire Relief Fund, and donor-designated funds. Complete lists of all grants made can be found at www.nvcf.org/nvcf-camp-fire-grants-made/ and buttestrongfund.org/projects/. Please note: The URL of the NVCF.org grant listing may change in the next few weeks. We are very excited to be launching a new, redesigned website very soon. All grant information will also be present and reviewable on the new website.

These grants have been made to hundreds of organizations for various purposes related to several categories related to Camp Fire resilience and recovery. We have made grants in various key areas of recovery, including: to support housing programs; for programs related to health and wellness; for recovery efforts for schools and educational programs; for animal service programs; for community service programs; for workforce and economic development programs; for direct assistance, which is typically cash assistance to those directly affected by the Camp Fire; and through other grants and designated funds for a variety of charitable purposes related to the recovery of our community.

Since the new year, the Butte Strong Fund has made grants to support a local food pantry in Paradise, an initiative focused on increasing access to services in the burn scar area through the Federal Office of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, a program that provides "home kits" of essentials to individuals who have recently secured permanent or temporary housing, and a capacity-building grant to support the local Meals on Wheels program which has expanded to Paradise to serve that population due to the closure of the Paradise program, among other small and continuing grants.

The Butte Strong Fund committee is still actively meeting and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. New applications, both for major grants and smaller capacity-building grants are being received and reviewed at least once a month, and new grants are being made every two weeks.

Our rebuilding and recovery work will continue as long as it needs to, thanks to generous donors like yourselves. While we continue to work on these efforts, we have a special focus on mental health and healing as we approach the anniversary of the disaster. We are actively working to launch a Healing Initiative to operate alongside our other recovery efforts with a special focus on innovative solutions to the long term phycological and emotional effects of the Camp Fire on those it affected.

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So far, the North Valley Community Foundation has granted more than $27.5 million for community recovery via the Butte Strong Fund, Camp Fire Relief Fund, and donor-designated funds. Complete lists of all grants made can be found at www.nvcf.org/nvcf-camp-fire-grants-made/ and buttestrongfund.org/projects/.

These grants have been made to hundreds of organizations for various purposes related to several categories related to Camp Fire resilience and recovery. We have made grants in various key areas of recovery, including: to support housing programs; for programs related to health and wellness; for recovery efforts for schools and educational programs; for animal service programs; for community service programs; for workforce and economic development programs; for direct assistance, which is typically cash assistance to those directly affected by the Camp Fire; and through other grants and designated funds for a variety of charitable purposes related to the recovery of our community.

We have also helped several Camp Fire relief organizations, including the Camp Fire Long Term Recovery Group and the Rebuild Paradise Foundation, obtain their nonprofit status and have supported their operations, both through our own grants and by assisting them in securing grants from other sources. Additionally, we have opened more than a dozen funds at NVCF to allow various groups to raise money to support victims, including employee care funds established by businesses to support their employees who were affected and/or displaced.

The challenges that we, along with the community as a whole, have faced in this recovery effort have been immense. The sheer scale of the destruction and the unprecedented nature of essentially losing an entire town in a single day has created challenges that no one could have fully anticipated. Simply restoring enough infrastructure and ensuring a base level of safety to allow even the earliest rebuilding efforts has been an enormous task and one in which NVCF has played an active role. Through our involvement as a philanthropic organization, we have had the opportunity to address some of these challenges in a more comprehensive manner, and along a much faster timeline than our state and federal partners. NVCF has made grants to conduct a roadway assessment (opening the possibility to bring in millions of additional federal dollars) and helped fund the removal of damaged and dangerous trees from the properties of individuals who are wanting to rebuild on their own properties. When the weather warmed up and stagnant pools began to create a serious mosquito-borne illness threat, NVCF learned that the county mosquito abatement unit did not have the funds to adequately address this potential crisis so we addressed the challenge by making a grant to allow them conduct their important work in the burn scar area.

Our rebuilding and recovery work will continue as long as it needs to, thanks to generous donors like yourselves. While we continue to work on these efforts, we have a special focus on mental health and healing as we approach the anniversary of the disaster. We are actively working to launch a Healing Initiative to operate alongside our other recovery efforts with a special focus on innovative solutions to the long term phycological and emotional effects of the Camp Fire on those it affected.

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With an eye on long-term recovery, three major fundraising efforts decided to band together to form the Butte Strong Fund.

The Butte Strong Fund is a partnership of the North Valley Community Foundation, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and the Aaron Rodgers NorCal Fire Recovery Fund. The Butte Strong Fund was set up with the specific intent to work alongside communities for years after the fire. Through an assessment of recovery needs, the Butte Strong Fund issues grants in six categories: housing, business recovery, community development, health and wellness, children and youth services, and education.

Sierra Nevada raised millions by enlisting brewers nationwide to make Resilience IPA. More than 1,400 brewers signed up to make the fundraising beer. Sierra Nevada supplied a base recipe and asked its suppliers to donate ingredients to the brewers, with the request that the total price of each pint sold would be donated back Butte Strong Fund Committee Sierra, Ken and Brian Grossman of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. to the recovery effort. The Resilience effort resulted in roughly 4.2 million pints brewed.

The NVCF contributed money from its Camp Fire Relief Fund.

“There have been certain leaders and organizations who’ve taken extraordinary actions to help during the worst time in our communities’ history. Sierra Grossman is one of those leaders, and her family’s business, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., is one of those organizations,” said Alexa Benson-Valavanis, president and CEO of the NVCF. “They have always been there for our communities but no one could have imagined this level of care and support.”

Grant applications are submitted to the Butte Strong Fund. Sierra Nevada makes its own decisions on grant requests, while the NVCF portion of grants is approved by a committee of nine community members, several of whom lost homes in the Camp Fire. By the six-month anniversary, the Butte Strong Fund had awarded more than $6.2 million in grants. That number is now closer to $16 million.

Organizations can learn about how to apply for grant funding at www.buttestrongfund.org

 

The attached report shows every single grant made within the first 6 months after the fire. Running totals are available on our websites and a new, comprehensive report will be published at the 1-year anniversary of the Camp Fire

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North Valley Community Foundation

Location: Chico, CA - USA
Project Leader:
Logan Todd
Chico, CA United States

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