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Earthquake Brace + Bolt Retrofit Program

Earthquake Brace + Bolt RetrofitsThe California Residential Mitigation Program's Earthquake Brace + Bolt program (EBB) is an incentive program that provides eligible California homeowners up to $3,000 toward a residential seismic retrofit.

The purpose is to help homeowners lessen the potential for damage to their houses during an earthquake by "bracing" the crawl space, when necessary, and "bolting" the foundation to the house's frame. This helps prevent the house from sliding or toppling off of its foundation during an earthquake.

You may be eligible for an EBB seismic retrofit grant if your house:

  • Is located within program-eligible ZIP Codes;
  • Was built before 1980 (but qualifying houses are more commonly built before 1940);
  • Has a raised foundation;
  • Sits on level ground or a low slope; and
  • Has wood-framed walls (called cripple walls) in the crawl space under the first floor.
 Supplemental Grant for Income-eligible Homeowners

In addition to the funding described above, EBB is also offering a supplemental grant to help income-eligible homeowners (homeowners with a verified annual income of $72,080 or less), complete a seismic retrofit. The Supplemental Grant will provide eligible homeowners grants (until grant funds run out) that may cover up to 100% of their retrofit costs.

Learn More About EBB

  • Visit EBB's website to learn more about EBB’s retrofit grant eligibility requirements, program rules, and registration.
  • Sign up to receive EBB and other CRMP retrofit program information, such as when registration is opening, and when new ZIP Codes are added to the program-eligible areas.

Other Ways to Pay for a Seismic Retrofit

Strengthening your home to make it more resistant against earthquake damage and loss is important. There are a number of sources of potential funding options out there.

Learn about other types of financial assistance to help you retrofit your home to make it stronger against earthquake damage.


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