Firewise Community Grants

Applications Are Open!

The Storm Debris Response Micro-Grant Program is now open! Apply online.

 Applications will be accepted until Monday, August 15th at 5:00 pm

If you need assistance completing your application, please contact Sierra Business Council by phone at 530-582-5022 or by email at

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

Eligibility Requirements

Firewise Communities which are eligible to apply are entity’s that meet the following criteria: 

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