The Butte Strong Fund, a partnership of the North Valley Community Foundation, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and the Aaron Rodgers NorCal Fire Recovery Fund, aims to provide long-term recovery to communities impacted by the Camp Fire.
Disaster Case Management
Read our story about case management and how the system developed, as well as the stories of three individuals who were able to regain hope with the care and support of disaster case managers.
The North Valley Community Foundation and its Butte Strong Fund have granted more than $12 million to help build a case management system and then provide assistance to survivors.
AREAS OF WORK
The Butte Strong Fund is working with community organizations to benefit displaced families.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
The effect of sudden changes in population redistribution can have a big impact on health and wellness for the community as a whole.
It's traumatic for a child to lose a home. It's exponentially traumatic to lose a school as well.
When people talk about what was destroyed in the Camp Fire, they often talk about places that were symbolic of the area.
Hundreds of businesses were destroyed in the Camp Fire. Others were damaged. Those that have managed to reopen or are still deciding whether to reopen face uncertainty.
Working with our nonprofit community partners and disaster case managers, we have granted millions of dollars to provide assistance to survivors.
Aaron Rodgers Gratitude Message
PARTNERS & MAJOR DONORS
After opening its doors to first responders and community members in the immediate aftermath of the Camp Fire, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. began a long-term fundraising campaign. The brewery launched Resilience Butte County Proud IPA, a collaborative fundraising project with more than 1,400 breweries worldwide that raised millions of dollars for Camp Fire relief. As short-term relief gave way to long-term recovery, the family-run company has been a valuable, engaged partner every step of the way.
The Aaron Rodgers NorCal Fire Recovery Fund was established in the immediate aftermath of the Camp Fire to support programs that offer youths stability in the face of crisis, support the local youth sports infrastructure and support the process of bringing permanent and transitional housing back to the burned area.
The Aaron Rodgers NorCal Fire Recovery Fund was established in the immediate aftermath of the Camp Fire to support programs that offer youths stability in the face of crisis, support the local youth sports infrastructure
and support the process of bringing permanent and transitional housing back to the burned area.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
FAQs ABOUT BUTTE STRONG FUND
What will the money be used for?
Organizations can apply for grants focused on six areas:
Children and Youth Services
Health and Wellness
How can one fund rebuild 14,000 units of housing that was lost in the fire?
It can’t. There’s not enough relief money to rebuild Paradise, Concow and Magalia, but we hope to help with projects that will kick-start the process and make a meaningful difference in the lives of their community members.
Who is organizing the effort?
The North Valley Community Foundation, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and the Aaron Rodgers NorCal Fire Recovery Fund are the founders of the fund, but there are dozens of financial sponsors and many more recovery project partners.
How many people are involved in the decision-making on the projects?
Many. The intention of the Butte Strong Fund is to ensure that many different funding sources are not operating in silos, and that we collaborate for the benefit of Butte County. The fund aims to bring people together to promote and encourage collaboration. We do this through individual meetings, support and participation in the Long Term Recovery Group, and conversations with grant applicants while evaluating projects.
The consideration of grant requests and the final decisions on funding are made by Sierra Nevada and an NVCF committee of local stakeholders and leaders, many of whom were displaced by the fire. 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; Sierra Grossman, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.; Greg Webb, local builder and philanthropist; Peggy Moak, former Butte County treasurer-tax collector; and Farshad Azad, board chair, North Valley Community Foundation.
Where will the money be deployed?
The Camp Fire affects all communities in Butte County and even beyond. While the aim of the fund is to help damaged areas recover, grants may be distributed in surrounding communities if the efforts directly help people or businesses affected by the fire.