Firewise Community Grants
Application Period is Now Closed!
The Storm Debris Response Micro-Grant Program application period closed Monday, August 15th 5:00 pm.
We are pleased to award the following Firewise communities with micro-grants:
Banner Mountain Firewise Community
About the Program
Nevada County has received funding from the League of California Community Foundations’ Disaster Relief, Recovery and Resilience Funds with support from the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation to administer directly to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)-recognized Firewise Communities. This funding will make 26 grants of $3,600 each available to provide support to Firewise communities as they work to reduce the overabundance of hazardous vegetation left by the severe winter storm that struck our area on December 27th.
Nevada County has contracted with Sierra Business Council to administer the application and provide technical assistance.
How Funds Can Be Spent
Grants are intended to fund collaborative projects that provide community-wide benefits, such as renting a chipper for community use, contracting for transportation of downed vegetation to processing sites, renting equipment, or hiring a contractor to clear evacuation routes on private roadways. Projects should focus on the following priorities:
- Increased defensible space around multiple homes
- Removal of hazardous vegetation from private property
- Clearing of evacuation routes on private roadways
Firewise Communities which are eligible to apply are entity’s that meet the following criteria:
- Physical address within Nevada County
- Recognized by the NFPA with Firewise community name posted on the Nevada County Firesafe Council website.
- Will multiple applications be accepted from one Firewise community?
Yes, applications for multiple projects within one Firewise community will be accepted with the possibility of each being awarded. Each project must have a separate application and please coordinate with other members of your community when at all possible.
- Who can I call if I need help filling out the online application?
For assistance completing your application, please contact Sierra Business Council by phone at 530-582-5022 or by email at email@example.com.
- Does an applicant need to own property within a Nevada County Firewise community?
Yes, applicants are expected to have a business or residential address within the Firewise community that their project will benefit.
- Can a Certificate of Renewal from NFPA be submitted in place of a Risk Assessment and 3-Year Action Plan?
No, a Firewise community’s NFPA recognition status will be verified on Nevada County Firesafe Council’s website. The Office of Emergency scoring panel would like to view a community’s 3-Year Action Plan and Risk Assessment to see how the proposed project fits with these documents.
- Can applications be “merged” to request more than $3,600?
No, the intent of the program is to support to as many communities as possible with the existing funding. If a community has multiple projects, an application for each project can be submitted independently.
- Can a project completion date extend past November 30th, 2022?
The Office of Emergency Services goal is that projects are completed by November 30th however we also understand that there are many factors outside a Firewise community’s control that could cause delays. If a project deadline is delayed an email update to OES@co.nevada.ca.us is requested within 90 days of funds being awarded. This email should identify why the project has been delayed and offer a revised completion date.
- How can I contact my Firewise community Resident Leader?
Reach out to the Nevada County Firesafe Council (Phone:530.272.1122 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org) who can assist in connecting you with your Resident Leader.
- Will the grant award be considered taxable income?
No, the awardee will not receive a 1099 from the Sierra Business Council who will distribute the grant funds.