Community Impact Grants

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United Way of Northern California uses Community Impact Grants to invest local dollars into partner nonprofit organizations that address issues affecting our region. Once a year, in May, we have a competitive application process to make funding decisions. The process beings with a Community Impact Grant Request for Proposals (RFP). Awards are typically announced in October.

In 2019, we distributed $250,000 to locally focused agencies devoted to wildfire recovery.

Organizations receiving Community Impact Grants included:

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the North Valley, $5,000 to offset costs from increased enrollment, trauma responsive care and therapy
  • Butte 2-1-1, $5,000 for a Workplace Wellness program to alleviate secondary trauma and stress for the call center staff
  • Butte Community Action Agency, $10,000 to buy fuel and equipment allowing them to distribute food and supplies
  • Butte County Fire Safe Council, $5,000 to outfit a crew that will provide recovery and restoration services to survivors
  • Camp Fire Zone Project, $5,000 to support rebuilding activities
  • Caring Choices, $15,000 to defray costs of processing 6,500 applications for aid and vetting 4,200 volunteers
  • Chabad Jewish Center, $10,000 to solicit vehicle donations and conduct assessments of survivor needs
  • Chico Housing Action Team, $5,000 to support increased accounting/bookkeeping costs
  • Community Housing Improvement Program, $20,000 to support rebuilding of Paradise Community Village affordable housing
  • Hope Center, $20,000 to provide case management services
  • Innovative Health Care Services, $10,000 to support programs for older and disabled survivors
  • Jesus Center, $5,000 to support administrative and case management staff
  • Magalia Community Church Resource & Recovery Center, $25,000 to continue to provide food, clothing, shower & laundry facilities and trailers
  • One Safe Place, $5,000 to support extended stays for emergency services
  • Oroville Rescue Mission, $20,000 to help pay for case management services
  • Oroville Southside Community Improvement Association, $25,000 to operate a mobile unit housing washers, dryers and showers
  • Plumas Crisis Intervention & Resource Center, $10,000 for emergency motel sheltering, food, clothing, hygiene supplies, blankets and counseling
  • Shasta Family YMCA, $10,000 to provide financial assistance for Y memberships
  • Shasta Youth Alliance, $15,000 to secure a facility from which to distribute clothing and household items to survivors
  • Trade School, Shasta Business Exchange to train and deploy enrollees on wildfire reconstruction projects
  • Tzu Chi Foundation, $5,000 to support case management and survivor assistance programs

Cash cards have been distributed to:

  • Boys & Girls Club, $10,000
  • Caring Choices, $10,000
  • Global Empowerment Mission, $2,500
  • Orchard Church, $2,500
  • Plumas Crisis Intervention & Resource Center, $2,500
  • Safe Space, $5,000
  • Salt Ranch, $4,000
  • St. Vincent de Paul, $15,000
  • Stonewall Alliance, $4,000
  • Throwing Starfish, $4,000
  • Tzu Chi Foundation, $15,000
  • VECTOR, $3,000
  • Youth for Change, $10,000

For more information about Community Impact Grants, contact Theresa McCausland at