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California grants to retrofit home against earthquakes

Retrofitting Grants

Starting Jan. 20, 2016, homeowners can register for a promotional program of up to $3,000 to retrofit their homes. Registration ends Feb. 20, 2016.

Governor Jerry Brown approved state funding to expand the promotional program to homes in more areas. It is expected that 1,600 promotional programs will be available, 3 times the amount available in 2015.

Homeowners in the following areas are eligible for registration: Los Angeles, Pasadena, South Pasadena, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, San Bernardino, Albany, Berkeley, Burlingame, Emeryville, Hillsborough, Millbrae, Oakland, San Francisco, San Leandro, Woodside.

Visit Earthquake Brace + Bolt for more information on how to register for the promotional program.


Are you worried about the “Big One”, but afraid that a home retrofit is too expensive? The California Earthquake Authority and the Earthquake Brace+Bolt program can help your home!


Beginning on January 20th, 2016, homeowners can register for a promotional program to receive up to $3,000 towards a retrofit on their homes. Registration ends February 20th, 2016.


Governor Jerry Brown has approved state funding, which will expand the promotional program to homes in more areas including over 150 zip codes. It is expected that 1,600 promotional programs will be available – triple the amount available in 2015!


Homeowners in the following areas are eligible for registration: Los Angeles, Pasadena, South Pasadena, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, and San Bernadino.


Check out Earthquake Brace+Bolt to find out if your home is in a qualifying area.


Call Weinstein Construction today for a FREE foundation inspection. If your home is eligible for the EBB program, we will help you register online!


The expert team at Weinstein Construction is prepared to help you every step of the way to getting your home safe and secure. This includes:


  • Home Foundation Inspection
  • Pulling Permits
  • House Bolting
  • Cripple Wall Reinforcement
  • Photos of Work Performed
  • Clear and Detailed Invoices
  • An Excellent Construction Experience


The Earthquake Brace+Bolt Program: What Homeowners Need to Know


The thought of receiving a grant towards a retrofit on your house is an exciting one. Before you start, though, you might have some questions about how everything works. We are here to help you on your way to safety and savings.


There are a few factors to consider before you go ahead and apply for the EBB program:


How Do I Know If I Live in an Eligible Zip Code?

What Kind of Specifications Does My Home Need to Meet in Order to Participate in the Program?

 Built before 1979

  • Has a wood-framed floor at the lowest level
  • Has a continuous perimeter foundation
    • A continuous perimeter foundation is either concrete or reinforced masonry, supporting the outer walls of a home, allowing for a crawl space under the first floor.
  • Built on a level or low-slope site
  • There are several different characteristics of crawl space foundations in homes that qualify:
    • Two stories or less, with wood-frame walls up to 4 feet high in the crawl space.
    • Two stories or less with wood-frame walls greater than 4 feet in the crawl space
    • Three stories or less with no wood framed walls in the crawl space
    • Three stories or less with wood-framed walls less than 14 inches in the crawl space
  • Does not have an existing, qualifying retrofit in place
  • Is insured with homeowner’s insurance

 How Do I Apply? How Do I Know if I’ve Been Approved?

 Simply visit the link above and fill out the registration form. We can even help you fill out the form onsite at a home inspection.

  • Homeowners will be notified via e-mail whether their home has been approved or if they have been placed on a waitlist.

What Happens Next?

 Once approved, you can search the Contractor Directory to find a contractor to perform your home retrofit.

  • After the job is complete, submit photos and invoices, verifying the work that was done to receive your grant.

It’s as simple as that! All you need is to apply, find the right contractor for the job, and submit proof of a job well done. You will rest easily, knowing that your home is prepared for an earthquake.