Butte Strong Fund awards $500,000 grant to Rebuild Paradise Foundation – Chico Enterprise-Record

The grant was awarded to the Rebuild Paradise Foundation by the Citizens Committee of the Butte Strong Fund. Rebuild Paradise administers the Missing Middle Building Assistance grant, previously funded by the Butte Strong Fund. The renewal of the grant extends the program.

The Missing Middle grant was launched in February 2020 and awarded over $900,000 to 267 households across the Camp Fire footprint. The grant was established to help defray the significant cost of reconstruction before construction could even begin. This includes the cost of surveying the property, architectural and engineering fees, and water expenses like well testing and repairs.

All of these pre-construction expenses can easily cost a homeowner over $20,000.

People who are rebuilding may be eligible for a grant of up to $5,000, depending on their income.

Rebuild Paradise provided financial assistance for 9.4% of the 2,851 city and county approved reconstruction permits in the Camp Fire area.

For more information about the Missing Middle Grant and how to apply, go to www.rebuildparadise.org/grants.

Other recent grants from the Butte Strong Fund include:

$50,000 to Achieve Charter School of Paradise to fund a crisis counselor and consultant for the Balanced Brain Project after-school program. The grant will help continue two valuable programs at Achieve that have had an extremely positive impact on students and staff. Le conseil de crise soutient l’ensemble de l’école avec des stratégies d’autorégulation, la gestion des conflits en classe et des conseils individuels pendant la journée scolaire. The Balanced Brain Project uses creativity, self-awareness practices and enriching activities to support recovery from trauma.

$50,000 to CSU, Chico Ecological Reserves for its Ecotherapy for Community Resilience Project. The funding will enable at least 750 people to have professionally guided forest therapy experiences. These experiences will take place in a variety of local natural environments, including the university’s ecological reserves, Paradise Recreation and Park District sites, and Bidwell Park.

$50,000 to Magalia Community Park, which will fund one year’s rent and staff for the 40-acre park. Magalia Community Park is an outdoor venue for multiple activities aimed at improving the lives of area and county residents. The park offers a disc golf course, exercise area, community meeting space, paved trails and youth programs.

$47,478 for All Hands and Hearts to support volunteers working on housing, especially home strengthening projects. The grant provides assistance with food, housing, and training costs for volunteers, funding for a business entrepreneur, and vehicle rental. The overall goal of All Hands and Heart’s Wildfire Relief program is to provide a well-managed workforce to support locally designed projects. Home hardening is a strategy that goes hand in hand with creating defensible spaces to mitigate the risk of wildfire damage to people and property. Home hardening differs from creating defensible space in that it involves techniques and materials directly applied to the structure of the house itself, not the landscape.

$30,000 to Boys and Girls Clubs of the North Valley to help remodel and re-establish the Teen Center on Skyway in downtown Paradise. The grant funds project management and consulting services for the remodel.

$49,900 to the Butte County Local Food Network to continue its Marketmobile program. The Marketmobile brings fresh local produce to the Camp Fire footprint.

$5,000 to the Basket Brigade Support Fund, plus an additional $5,000 from Aaron Rodgers’ NorCal Fire Recovery Fund to NVCF. The support will help the Basket Brigade provide 100 Thanksgiving meal baskets to residents of Butte County affected by the campfire.

Les organisations intéressées à postuler pour des subventions du Butte Strong Fund peuvent visiter nvcf.org/buttestrongfund pour déterminer si elles sont éligibles pour un financement. Donations to the fund can also be made on the webpage.

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