Grant Opportunities

Fire Safe Marin receives many inquiries from residents about grant funding or other financial assistance for vegetation removal or home hardening projects. Fire Safe Marin does not manage any grant programs for residents. Some Marin County Fire Agencies do have limited financial assistance available. Several other Marin agencies are considering introducing new grant programs. The Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority also plans to introduce in November 2021 a grant program targeting seniors and members of the Access and Functional Needs community who meet income requirements. It is possible that the State of California will introduce additional grant programs in the future, but direct assistance to residents is not currently available.

Current Financial Assistance Programs

Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority

MWPA offers two grant programs totaling $500,000 for Marin County residents within the MWPA jurisdiction for the 2021-22 fiscal year ending on June 30, 2022. To apply for both grants, residents must have received a completed Defensible Space and Home Hardening Evaluation from their local MWPA-member fire agency. Items listed on the Defensible Space and Home Hardening Evaluation Report can be submitted to receive funds through the MWPA Grant Programs and are awarded as reimbursement towards work that has already been completed (with required documentation). If you do not have an eligible evaluation report, MWPA will help you request one from your local fire agency.

MWPA DEFENSIBLE SPACE GRANT PROGRAM

PURPOSE: Help residents to create a buffer between structures on their properties and the grass, trees, shrubs or vegetation that surround it.

ELIGIBILITY: Families with children, older adults, low-income and other residents with Access and Functional Needs as defined by the Governor’s Office of Emergency Service. Parcels must be within the MWPA jurisdiction.

AMOUNT: Defensible Space grants are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis to all residents in amounts between $100 (minimum) to $1000 (maximum) per year, and eligibility documentation is required.

MWPA HOME HARDENING GRANT PROGRAM

PURPOSE: Addresses the most vulnerable components of your house with building materials and installation techniques that increase resistance to heat, flames, and embers that accompany wildfires. MWPA’s

ELIGIBILITY: Home Hardening grants are available for all parcels in the MWPA jurisdiction. 

AMOUNT: Home Hardening grants are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis in amounts between $100 (minimum) to $500 (maximum) per year and this grant program requires a 50% match from the applicant. Eligibility documentation is required.

Additional Eligibility Information

Defensible space and home hardening work done on parcels within the MWPA boundaries prior to the announcement of the MWPA Grant Program may be eligible for reimbursement. July 1st, 2020 has been established as the cut-off date for MWPA grants. This means that as long as the applicant can provide receipts dated on or after July 1st, 2020, the MPWA will accept and process their application (which will still need to include photos and other required documentation). 

Residents will still need to get a new DSI inspection if they have never had one. 

When entering an address at: https://www.marinwildfire.org/resident-info/resident-grants

the process will automatically allow prospective applicants to request a DSI inspection if there is none on file. Once they have been inspected and have received their inspection code, they can continue the application process and at that time, include receipts for work previously completed (which therefore will not be identified on the most recent inspection). 

People are asked to contact the MWPA  at grants@marinwildfire.org for further information.  The MWPA also has a dedicated phone line for questions 415 275-1780.

Novato Fire Protection District

All Novato Residents can participate in the grant program after a full home assessment.

The grant provides a $0.50 match for every $1.00 of expenditure by the Pre-Approved Applicant. This is a first come, first serve grant until budget limits are reached. The maximum amount of reimbursement will not exceed the set amount for each grant.

Grant TypeMaximum Reimbursement Amount
VMMGP$1,000.00
HHMGP$5,000.00
HOA VMMGP$1,500.00

San Rafael Fire Department

PURPOSE: The City of San Rafael is offering a grant program to assist San Rafael property owners in reducing wildfire risks on their property. Qualifying work includes vegetation management within 30 feet of a structure and home hardening efforts. The work completed will support the resident’s compliance with the vegetation standards of San Rafael Municipal Code Chapter 4.12 or the California Fire Code 7A home hardening standards, which would include ember-resistant vents, dual-paned windows, etc.

ELIGIBILITY: All San Rafael residents who have had a full defensible space inspection. Homeowners can schedule a FREE inspection. Only the person directly incurring the expense will be eligible for reimbursement. In general, this will be the property owner, however a tenant that can provide documentation (such as a lease agreement) that the work is their responsibility may be eligible.

AMOUNT: The City will offer up to $500 per applicant to cover the expenses relating to vegetation management/fuel reduction. The City will also offer up to $500 for home hardening without requiring matching funds.  

To receive more than $500, a resident must match the expense. A resident is limited to $1,000 in assistance for vegetation management/fuel reduction and $1,000 in home hardening/structural adaptations in a single calendar year.  To receive the $1,000 maximum for vegetation management/fuel reduction or home hardening, residents will need to provide documentation of $2,000 or more in eligible expenses. Grants are limited and awarded on a first come first serve basis.  

Town of Fairfax

The Town of Fairfax is offering grants for Vegetation Management to Fairfax Residents.

Apply for a grant up to $1000 for low income and seniors and $500 for any Fairfax resident. You just apply first, submit photos and receipts.

Grants awarded on a first toe, first serve basis until the funds allotted have been reached. Grant includes brush clearing and tree trimming. It does not include home gardening.

Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District

The Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District has established the Hazardous Vegetation Removal Grant Program. The purpose of this grant program is to encourage Sleepy Hollow residents to create and maintain defensible space around their homes and the perimeter of their properties and take actions to make their homes more fire resistant through the provisions of grant funds to help offset the cost of this undertaking.  If approved, the grant will provide up to $3000 for removal of hazardous species of plants. No match is required. 

Removal of the following species are eligible for reimbursement under this grant program: Arborvitae, Cypress, Junipers, Pampas Grass, and Bamboo.