Earthquake Brace + Bolt

Helping California Homeowners Protect Their Home From Earthquake Damage

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Funds to Strengthen Your Foundation

Get up to $3,000 Toward an Earthquake Retrofit

Earthquake Brace + Bolt (EBB) helps homeowners lessen the potential for damage during an earthquake. EBB offers a grant of up to $3,000 toward a seismic retrofit for qualifying older houses. We have helped thousands of California homeowners complete seismic retrofits!

In addition to the $3,000 grant, we also offer a grant specifically for income-eligible homeowners (household annual income is $87,360 or less), as funding permits.

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About the Earthquake Brace + Bolt Retrofit Program

In a brace + bolt retrofit, the foundation is bolted to the frame of the house, and if there is a crawl space (or cripple wall), it is braced with plywood or OSB sheathing. This helps prevent the house from sliding or toppling off its foundation during an earthquake.

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How to Register for the EBB Program

Each year, registration is open for a period of 30 days, during which time California homeowners can apply for the program. Qualifying homeowners are then selected through a random drawing and are either invited to participate or are placed on a wait list. If you would like to be notified when registration for the EBB Program opens, please sign up to receive email updates from EBB.

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Earthquake Brace + Bolt surpasses 23,000 retrofits statewide

The Brace + Bolt programs provide grants for a specific "building-code-compliant" seismic retrofit. This type of retrofit strengthens an older house to help prevent it from sliding off the foundation during an earthquake.

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I thought it would be harder and take longer but the contractor I chose took care of everything and did it fast.

Mark WhitneySeismic retrofit completed, Los Angeles
Seismic retrofit completed, Los Angeles

EBB Retrofit Stories

Hear what homeowners are saying about the EBB retrofit grants program

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Established by the California Residential Mitigation Program (CRMP)

CRMP is a joint powers authority created by the California Earthquake Authority and the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. CRMP was established to carry out mitigation programs to assist California homeowners who wish to seismically retrofit their houses. Our goal is to provide grants and other types of assistance and incentives for these mitigation efforts and EBB is the first of these programs.