In 2022, Nevada County made 26 grants of $3,600 available to provide support to Firewise Communities as they worked to reduce the overabundance of hazardous vegetation in their neighborhoods, in particular in the aftermath of the severe winter storm that struck the area on December 27, 2021.
Nevada County contracted with Sierra Business Council to administer the application and provide technical assistance.
This project won a National Association of Counties (NACo) Award – details here: NACo Achievement Awards: Firewise Communities Microgrant Program
Micro-Grants funded collaborative projects providing 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. In sum:
Nevada County 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.