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Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Butte Strong Fund Provides $460K Funding for Camp Fire Recovery

CHICO-The Butte Strong Fund has awarded 10 grants totaling $460,000 to organizations working on community development projects in the Campfire Burn area.

The organizations involved are the North Valley Community Foundation, the Aaron Rogers NorCal Fire Recovery Fund and the Sierra Nevada Butte Strong Fund.

These grants help people start the process of receiving multimillion-dollar grants, said David Little, executive vice president of communications for the North Valley Community Foundation.

“It helps with the much bigger picture for the programs they’re trying to get off the ground,” Little said.

The grants, between $25,000 and $50,000, are designed to augment efforts to help build or rebuild community spaces and gathering places. According to a press release, the grant will promote venues such as Honey Run Covered Bridge, Paradise Performing Arts Center, Paradise Community Center, Conco Pool and Paradise Library.

“The Paradise Community Center is a multi-million dollar project and will help them plan and start the fundraising project,” Little said. “The Performing Arts Center has a building that is aging. Significant work needs to be done on stage lighting and water infiltration.”

Little said everyone on his staff has a favorite project, and his vote is one of many. Near and dear to his heart is the project Honey Run Covered Bridge, which got burnt in the campfire. Little said that his grandparents lived in Butte Creek Canyon and when they were growing up they loved to swim on an inner tube from a steel bridge to a covered bridge. He said the work on the bridge is being done and it will continue for another two to three years.

“It’s nice to be part of community historical projects,” Little said. “We wanted to help where we could.”

Little said that he had gone to see the Honey Run covered bridge and was sad to see it melting and lying in the creek.

“A fire extinguished it,” Little said.

Little said the North Valley Community Foundation continues to help fire survivors.

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