Cost Share FAQ

Napa Communities Firewise Foundation (Napa Firewise), through a grant from CalFire, is providing financial assistance to residents of greater Calistoga and St Helena to prepare the property around their homes to better withstand wildfires. We have limited funding available, so please apply as soon as possible.

  • Who is eligible?
  • Why does it apply only to residents of Calistoga and St. Helena 
    • This is a Proof of Concept project, if it is successful, we hope to get funding for additional areas within Napa County
  • What is the process to apply?
    • Complete and submit the Self-Assessment Survey
    • The results of the survey will become your Application, which will be automatically submitted.
    • Increase your chances of selection by getting your neighbors to apply with you on a joint project
    • The NCFF team will review all Applications and choose the ones that we think will be the most beneficial for the safety of Napa County.
  • Can I get reimbursed for work I’ve already done?
    • No, this is for new work only
  • Can I get reimbursed if I’ve done the work myself?
    • Yes, but the project would be subject to verification both before and after the work is done. The Napa County Fire Department will be handling the verifications.  Only time spent on actual documented, verified defensible space clearing work will be eligible.  Reimbursement would be based on the hourly rate used for valuing volunteer time for matching grants (currently ~$28/hour). 
  • What is the maximum reimbursement?
    • Up to $2,000 in 50-50 matching funds if the resident submits qualifying invoices for up to $4,000 of work
  • What proof do I need to submit to get reimbursed?
    • Receipts for work conducted by a qualified contractor and photos showing the completed work will be required for reimbursement.
  • Will someone inspect my property?
    • Under the pilot program, a representative may inspect your work to ensure it meets the standards outlined in the grant application. Not every property will be inspected.  All work must be documented with before and after photos.
  • How quickly will I get reimbursed?
    • As soon as we get your documentation and have an opportunity to verify the work, we will begin to process your reimbursement payment. However, because this is funded by a grant, there is often a lag time between our approval of the payment and the availability of funds to actually issue the check. 
  • Will all applications be funded?
    • No, we do not have sufficient grant money to fund all applications that we anticipate, we will select projects based on objective criteria and ranking
  • How do you determine which applications to fund?
    • Applications will be evaluated based on criteria including your location’s Fire Hazard Risk Zone, the type and density of surrounding vegetation, proximity to a High or Very High Fire Hazard Risk Zone, and income, age, or disability status.  
  • Is there anything I can do to increase my chances of getting funded?
    • Apply with your neighbors or encourage them to apply; we will give priority to otherwise eligible projects that cover multiple properties or a single neighborhood