City grants announced

Nonprofit fundraising efforts boosted by city of Chico

Organizations participating in the Community Grant Program raised more than $174,000 in August, and the city of Chico will contribute about $53,000 more to that total.

In the program overseen by the North Valley Community Foundation, the city matches a percentage of funds raised by selected nonprofit groups. It started in 2013 after the state eliminated redevelopment funding, a portion of which the city had used to give directly to more organizations each year. The money now comes out of the city’s general fund.

The organizations that received this year’s maximum contribution of $5,319 are Boys & Girls Club of the North Valley, Slow Theatre, Butte Environmental Council, Chico Meals on Wheels, Community Action Agency of Butte County, The Jesus Center, Museum of Northern California Art and Reading Pals. Other awards are as follows: Peg Taylor Center ($2,892), Friends of Bidwell Park ($2,660), Catholic Ladies Relief Society No. 3 ($2,665), Help Central 2-1-1 ($1,937) and Friends of Comanche Creek Greenway ($854).