Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction will be partnering with the Pine Strawberry Fire District and applying for a hazardous fuel grant on behalf of the Pine and Strawberry communities. Please complete this form if you are interested in being a part of this grant. The process is explained in more detail below.
What is a hazardous Hazardous Fuels Grant? This grant is designed specifically to aid individual homeowners and communities in the wildland urban interface. The goal of the grant is to remove ladder fuels from underneath our mature beautiful trees and from around our homes/community to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire.
Step 1. Fill out the form below to indicate interest in participating in the program.
Step 2. Get a quote from a licensed contractor for the work to be done, with pictures (a list of certified landscapers/contractors is available under the Firewise Menu Tab)
Step 3. Submit that to Grants team who will include it in the grant submission
Step 4. PSFR submits the grant for the 2024 grant cycle (it takes 6 months for a grant to be approved)
Step 5. Property owner pays their share. This could be anywhere from 10 to 30% of the covered cost of the work to be done. Please keep in mind these grants often have limits of what they will pay per acre. Right now that limit is $2100.00 but this is subject to change.
Step 5a. Fuel Reduction pays the remaining amount 90% or 70% whichever the grant is for and then seeks reimbursement from the grant funds.
(We do this as a service to our community. Other communities require the homeowners to pay the entire amount upfront and then wait for reimbursement. We try to remove that impediment by putting up the funds to get the work done.)
Things to know
-This is not a fast process, it can take a year and half from initial contact for a grant to be approved. We then have 2 years to complete the work.
-The grant is for initial clearing only (if your property has been previously cleared using a grant, you will not qualify for the grant)
-Do not pay any deposit or complete the work prior to being contacted by the grant team and receiving confirmation that the grant has been approved.
-if the grant is approved you will be asked to pay your portion before the work starts by check only, never cash. We have to prove payment.
-This process could change or have additional steps depending on the requirements for the grant (they change yearly.)