Over $2M in Butte Strong Fund grants issued for Camp Fire recovery

The Butte Strong Fund committee has approved several grants over the past two months, totaling over two million dollars for Camp Fire recovery.

Posted: Apr 13, 2020 2:35 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. – The Butte Strong Fund committee has approved several grants over the past two months, totaling over $2 million for Camp Fire recovery. 

Among those grants, includes a grant for $1 million that would continue to help pay permit fees for primary residences as well as provide new incentives for rebuilding rentals and multi-family housing in the town of Paradise, the Butte Strong Fund committee announced Monday.

Last year, the Butte Strong Fund approved $1 million for the town of Paradise and $500,000 for Butte County that helped pay 50% of the permit fees up to $3,500 for homeowners who wanted to rebuild a primary residence.

The town exhausted its $1 million and requested another grant, according to the Butte Strong Fund committee said.

If the request is accepted by the Paradise Town Council on Tuesday, the grant would be expanded to allow fee reductions for second homes and multi-family housing, with the goal of providing more rentals.

Individuals can learn about the Rebuild Incentive Program by contacting the town’s Development Services Department at the Building Resiliency Center in Paradise, or call 872-6291 extension 411.

The grant for renewal of the Rebuild Incentive Program was the largest among 18 grants totaling $2,051,450 that were approved over the past two months, listed below. To learn more details about them, CLICK HERE

  • Oroville Hope Center - A grant that was also matched by the American Red Cross, will pay for operational support for long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts.
  • Camp Fire Shed Project - A grant will provide funding for another round of volunteer effort. Members with the Paradise Adventist Church will partner with Maranatha Volunteers International to build and deliver 400 high-quality, secure storage sheds to selected recipients who live throughout the Camp Fire burn scar. The project directly benefits people who lost their homes, are living in RVs and who intend to rebuild.
  • Habitat for Humanity of Butte County - The grant will support increased staffing, technology and systems to help the organization achieve its goal of increasing and sustaining more home production each year. 
  • Yankee Hill Fire Safe Council - Funds in vouchers for residents to use at three markets and stores near Concow.
  • Butte 211 - The grant will allow Butte 211 to create a public, user-friendly 211campfire.org website providing real-time updated community resource information for fire survivors, disaster case managers and other workers assisting in the Camp Fire recovery. 
  • Welcome to Paradise Sign Rebuild
  • Habitat for Humanity of Yuba-Sutter - The grant will allow the organization to hire a fund development officer for Camp Fire-related affordable housing projects.
  • Community Resource Coalition - The awarded grant will help with the ongoing needs of the resource center in Paradise that was established by the organization to provide goods and services to Camp Fire survivors.
  • Paradise/Butte Gleaners - The grant will provide provisions for homeless Camp Fire survivors in Concow, Magalia, Gridley, Paradise and Oroville that aren’t normally carried at the food bank. 
  • First Baptist Church of Paradise - The grant will allow the organization to continue to distribute food and other items for people affected by the Camp Fire
  • Butte Schools Self-Funded Programs - The grant will provide mental health support services and group counseling to employees or retirees of ButteGlenn Community College District, Butte County Office of Education, school districts and two charter schools in Butte County.
  • Abundant Manifestations of H.O.P.E. - A grant will provide propane distribution to eligible households at North State Food Bank distributions in the burn scar.
  • Butte County Sheriff's Office - will purchase a trailer to carry a chipper for trees and brush. The Butte Fire Safe Council obtained a grant to buy the chipper but not a trailer. Inmates from Butte County Jail provide the labor, overseen by the Sheriff’s Office. With this trailer and chipper, work crews will be better equipped to assist with continuing efforts to clean up the more remote areas affected by the Camp Fire while also helping to maintain defensible space as vegetation returns. 
  • Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter 582 - A grant will buy and deliver gravel to the trailers, RVs and other temporary dwellings of 53 families or individuals in and around Concow who lost their homes in the Camp Fire.
  • United Way of Northern California - A grant provided support for United Way’s Stable Housing Opportunities Program and allowed United Way to deploy $900,000 to vulnerable households.
  • Hometech Charter School - The grant will assist 35 students unable to access or afford wi-fi. HotSpots were donated by T-Mobile but the broadband lines for all devices will cost $16,800 over 24 months.
  • Yankee Hill Fire Safe Council - The grant will allow the organization to hire two part-timers and also will support a newsletter, website, payroll services and facility fees associated with meetings at Concow School and the historic schoolhouse.

With these latest grants, the Butte Strong Fund said the North Valley Community Foundation has awarded more than $33 million for community recovery through Butte Strong Fund, Camp Fire Relief Fund and donor-designated funds.

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