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FOR IN-PERSON HELP WITH YOUR GRANT APPLICATION, PLEASE MAKE AN APPOINTMENT BY EMAILING US AT INFO@REBUILDPARADISE.ORG
The Rebuild Paradise Foundation recognizes the Butte County community as hard-working and prideful. We have resilient and determined middle and low-income populations. Even so, the devastating Camp Fire shook us and the return home seems like a daunting, impossible, and expensive task. The increased costs of building and pre-construction add to the financial hurdle of getting into a new home. As a way to give back to our community, we have partnered with donors to create the Missing Middle Grant – lessening the costly burden of beginning to build a home. The intent of this grant is to provide some relief for the costs of getting your property prepared for the home you will occupy.
The Missing Middle Grant awards up to $5,000 to qualified middle and low-income residents to help them tackle a portion of the cost of building their home in the Camp Fire footprint. Upon eligibility, grant funding is awarded as a reimbursement for any or all of the following pre-construction costs: lot survey costs, architecture/engineering fees, water related expenses, and building permit fees (NEW as of July 2023).
Link to DIGITAL APPLICATION: MISSING MIDDLE GRANT GOOGLE FORM
OR you can download a paper application below.
If you are interested in other grant opportunities or fee reduction programs, please visit https://makeitparadise.org/grants
1. I’m rebuilding on a different lot, am I eligible?
Yes, you are eligible as long as the address is located within the Camp Fire footprint and you have met the other grant eligibility criteria.
2. I didn’t live in the Camp Fire footprint before the fire but I purchased a lot and am building a home, am I eligible for the grant?
Yes, grants are available to anyone building a primary residence in the Camp Fire footprint as long as you meet the other grant eligibility criteria.
3. Can I apply if I’m rebuilding a manufactured home?
Yes, the grant applies to any type of residential building regardless of home construction type.
4. Can I use this grant for a rental property?
No, this grant is only available for long-term primary residences.
5. What are the income requirements?
The max income requirements are based on household size and your adjusted gross annual income. Please see the application for specific criteria. PG&E settlements are NOT considered income for qualification of this grant.
6. After I apply, how long will the granting process take?
Please allow for a processing time of 30-45 days once you have submitted your complete application. Missing information and/or documents may result in processing delays.
7. What happens after I submit by application?
Your application and supporting documentation will be reviewed by Rebuild Paradise Foundation staff for verification of eligibility. If criteria is met, your application will then be reviewed by our volunteer grants committee members. Applicants will then be contacted by Rebuild Paradise staff regarding grant issuance or disqualification if criteria is not met.
8. I received my building permit before February 18th 2020, am I still eligible?
According to the criteria for the grant, we can only accept receipts for residential building permits dated on or after February 18th, 2020. This can be either a receipt from application submittal of your permit or final receipt of permit. Unfortunately we can not issue grant funds for homes built before the grant was created.
9. Do my receipts from survey, architecture/engineering fees, and water-related expenses need to be dated on or after February 18th 2020 as well?
No, there is no criteria on the date the those expenses were insured, but your building permit must be applied for or received on or after February 18, 2020 in order to qualify for the grant.
10. Are building permit fees paid to the Town of Paradise or Butte County considered “architecture/engineering fees?”
No, the architecture/engineering fees that will qualify for grant approval must be from a design professional or be shown as a specific line item in your contractor’s bid. In order for the grant to be approved, you must submit a paid receipt from your architect/engineer/designer or contractor with your application.
11. I’m ready to submit my grant application and required documents, how do I get them to Rebuild Paradise Foundation for approval?
There are a few ways you can turn in your application: (1) Scan the application and required documents, then email to firstname.lastname@example.org (2) Mail the application and document copies to our office: Rebuild Paradise Foundation, 6067 Skyway, Suite B, Paradise, CA 95969 or (3) Email email@example.com for an appointment time to drop off your application in person.
12. I received notification that my grant application was approved, now what?
Rebuild Paradise staff will confirm a mailing address with you and a check will be mailed to that address within 1-2 weeks of grant approval.
13. I don’t have a printer, how else can I apply?
Please pick up an application from outside our office at 6067 Skyway, Suite B, in Paradise. If you need “in-person” help with the application, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will arrange an appointment for you. If you prefer to complete your grant application digitally, you can find a link above. The Rebuild Advocates at the Building Resource Center (BRC) on Skyway in Paradise can also help you print an application. You can also look for Rebuild Paradise Foundation at community events, we will have applications on hand.
14. I haven’t submitted for my building permit yet – can I still apply for the pre-construction costs that I’ve incurred?
No, grant approval is tied to a building permit. Please hold on to your receipts and other required documentation and apply once you have your plans in!
15. What if I don’t have paid receipts?
Our grants act like reimbursements, so proof must be provided that you paid for the work before we can award grant funds. If you paid for the work but do not have a paid receipt contact the contractor and ask that they email you a paid receipt that shows a $0 balance. If that doesn’t work, you can submit invoices from the contractor that show a balance due as long as you also provide proof of payment.
Examples of proof of payment include: copy of a cleared check image from your bank, copy of a bank statement that shows money was removed from your account and paid to the contractor, a copy of a cashiers check made out to the contractor, etc. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding receipts or proof of payment.