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Our Seismic Retrofit Grant Programs

Here are two free grant programs to help you cover the costs of your seismic retrofit. They are:

Earthquake Brace + Bolt Program (EBB)

EBB is an incentive program that offers seismic retrofit grants of up to $3,000 to qualified homeowners with eligible houses in a select number of higher-earthquake-risk ZIP Codes.

ZIP Codes chosen for program participation follow these two criteria:

  1. Earthquake Hazard: Hazard was identified using the United States Geological Survey (USGS) earthquake hazard map for California.
  2. Earthquake Vulnerability: Vulnerability was represented by identifying the percentage of pre-1940 houses in ZIP Codes in California (US Census Data). Older houses are more likely to require earthquake bracing and bolting.

EBB may include other ZIP Codes in a city to allow for efficiency for contractors and building departments, thereby making more homeowners eligible for a grant.

Over time EBB hopes to include more high hazard areas in California with additional funding from a variety of sources.

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

  • Is built before 1980 (but qualifying houses are more prevalent before 1940);
  • Has a raised continuous perimeter concrete 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.

Learn more about EBB’s retrofit grant eligibility requirements, program rules, and registration at EBB’s website.

California Earthquake Authority Brace + Bolt Program (CEA BB)

California Earthquake Authority Brace + Bolt Program (CEA BB)CEA BB helps make California communities safer, more resilient and able to recover following a damaging earthquake. This program offers earthquake retrofit grants of up to $3,000 to help CEA policyholders pay for a seismic retrofit.

To qualify for CEA BB, you must have:

  • Been invited by letter to participate in the CEA BB program,
  • A valid CEA earthquake insurance policy on the qualifying house, and
  • A qualifying house that is a pre-1980 house with a raised or “other” foundation in determining the CEA policy premium.

For properly retrofitted qualifying homes, CEA offers a premium discount of up to 25%.

Learn more about the CEA BB grant program rules.

CEA BB helps make California communities safer, more resilient and able to recover following a damaging earthquake. This program offers earthquake retrofit grants of up to $3,000 to help CEA policyholders pay for a seismic retrofit.

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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