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2018/2019 Gilpin County Fire Mitigation Grant

Fire Mitigation Grant 2018 APPLICATION We are now accepting application again!

Fire Mitigation Grant 2018- information and examples

CSU Extension, Gilpin County, and the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) are teaming up to provide you with financial help and project setup to create a defensible space around your home.  This will reduce the chances of your house burning in a wildfire, and may also help you get or retain homeowner’s insurance.  It is critical that we all work towards making our County more resilient in the case of a fire; we have been lucky so far in not having a major fire, but the question is not IF we will have a fire, it is WHEN.

With this grant, up to 2/3 of the cost of mitigation for fuels reduction in new defensible spaces (zones 1 and 2) will be paid by funding from CSFS and Gilpin County! Defensible space costs of up to $3,000 are eligible for reimbursement; total maximum reimbursement is $2,000. Hard dollar and/or in-kind labor can be used by the homeowner for their match; in-kind labor can be used up to a maximum of $500 (up to half of the homeowner match). In-kind costs must be tracked and will be calculated using a $25.96/hour rate. D-space costs beyond $3,000 are the responsibility of the homeowner (for reference, the average d-space costs approximately $2,000).

Defensible spaces must be marked by the CSFS, and meet the fuels reduction standards in this document: http://static.colostate.edu/client-files/csfs/pdfs/FIRE2012_1_DspaceQuickGuide.pdf.  CSFS will bill you for marking your property at a rate of $52/hour which is eligible for reimbursement; the average time for marking is 2 hours. CSFS must be contacted for a final field inspection upon completion of your project. Homeowners must complete an application, contact the CSFS directly for marking, hire contractors directly, and pay the upfront costs. To file for reimbursement, submit your paperwork including a w-9, paid copies of receipts and invoices, and in-kind cost tracking sheet to the Extension Office for reimbursement.

A partial list of contractors may be found at: http://csfs.colostate.edu/media/sites/22/2016/06/Boulder-FINALcontractors-list2016.pdf. The CSFS-Boulder District maintains this list as a service to its customers only. This list is comprised of known forest contractors that have indicated capability and interest. The list is updated periodically for additions and changes. CSFS does not specifically recommend any of the contractors on this list. No endorsements and no representation for services are implied by the presence or absence of a possible contractor name. Please contact the contractors directly for pricing, bonding or insurance, professional qualifications, and previous customer referrals.

A further 50% of the homeowner portion of the grant may be eligible for a State income tax subtraction through the Wildfire Mitigation Measures Subtraction: colorado.gov/pacific/sites/default/files/Income65.pdf

Homeowners living directly adjacent to National Forest Service lands may be eligible to continue their defensible space work on to Federal lands per the Good Neighbor Authority; contact the CSFS for more information.

Grant applications will begin April 1st, and you will have one year from your application submission to complete the work.  If you have a financial hardship with the terms of this grant, please contact the Extension Office at 303-582-9106. Please watch for workshops on defensible space, home ignition, and emergency preparedness in the spring.   It is also highly recommended that you also complete the steps outlined in this document http://static.colostate.edu/client-files/csfs/pdfs/firewise-construction2012.pdf to further reduce your home’s chance of ignition.

Eligible items for reimbursement include: CSFS marking, contractor costs, in-kind labor, bar oil and two cycle fuel. Paid receipts must be submitted. Items NOT eligible for reimbursement include: repairs or other parts for equipment (ex. chains, sparkplugs), maintenance for equipment (ex. oil changes, tire rotations), equipment purchases (ex. chainsaws, tools, pruning sheers), and landowner mileage to and from work site.

Eligibility

Properties must be located in Gilpin County.

Properties creating a new defensible space with an existing house are eligible. Home owners who have not used grant money in the past will be given priority.

Defensible spaces must be marked by CSFS.

Extension programs are available to all without discrimination. Contact us for information about financial assistance. Colorado State University Extension, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Colorado counties cooperating.        

Applications & Submission

For approved applications, all work must be completed and reimbursements finalized within 1-calendar year after being approved (e.g., applications approved on May 1, 2018 must be fully completed by May 1, 2019.)

Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Home owners who have not used grant money in the past will be given priority. Once approved, you will call the Colorado State Forest Service 303-823-5774 to arrange for defensible space marking. (CSFS will bill you for marking your property at a rate of $52/hour which is eligible for reimbursement; the average time for marking is 2 hours.) You will then hire and pay for a contractor up front, after which, the CSFS will return to inspect your defensible space. Reimbursement submission should then be sent to:

Gilpin County Extension
230 Norton Drive
Black Hawk, CO 80422

Reimbursement submission items:

Reimbursement Examples

  • Defensible space costs of up to $3,000 comprised of:
    *costs beyond $3,000 are fully the responsibility of the homeowner

    • Money spent for contractor
    • In-kind labor
      • **Must be 1/6 or less of money spent; may be reimbursed for up to 19.25 hours; maximum value of $500
      • Valued at $25.96/hour
    • Will be reimbursed for 2/3 of eligible costs, up to a $2,000 cap

To Calculate

  1. Money spent + in-kind labor value** = Total costs*
  2. Total costs x 2/3 = Reimbursement

Example 1– Average D-space, no in-kind labor

  • Money spent on contractor labor: $2,000
  • Homeowner in-kind labor: none
  • Total costs: $2,000+$0=$2,000
  • Reimbursement: $2,000 x 2/3 = $1,333.33

Example 2– Average D-space with maximum in-kind labor

  • Money spent on contractor labor: $1,500
  • Homeowner in-kind labor: 19.25 hours x $25.96/hr = $500
  • Total costs: $1,500+$500=$2,000
  • Reimbursement: $2,000 x 2/3 = $1,333.33

Example 3– Maximum reimbursement with maximum in-kind labor

  • Money spent on contractor labor: $2,500
  • Homeowner in-kind labor: 19.25 hours x $25.96/hr = $500
  • Total costs: $2,500+$500=$3,000
  • Reimbursement: $3,000 x 2/3 = $2,000

Example 4– Extensive

  • Money spent on contractor labor: $4,000, ONLY $3000 is eligible*
  • Homeowner in-kind labor: 40 hours x $25.96/hr = $1038, ONLY $500 is eligible**
  • Total costs: $4,000+$500=$4,500, ONLY $3,000 is eligible*
  • Reimbursement: $3,000 x 2/3 = $2,000

Example 5– Minimal

  • Money spent on contractor labor: $300
  • Homeowner in-kind labor: 19.25 hours x $25.96/hr = $500, ONLY $50 is eligible** (1/6 of money spent)
  • Total costs: $300+$50=$350
  • Reimbursement: $350 x 2/3 = $233