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​​​​​​​​​​​Gilpin Wildfire Mitigation Grant


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​​​​Attention: The 2015 Grant is now open. Applicants have until Nov, 15th of 2015 to sign up and complete all required work to be eligible for reimbursement. 

Description of Grant​

Gilpinlogo1.jpgThe Gilpin County Wildfire Mitigation grant has been renewed for 2015, and is now available with new terms and conditions that make it even easier to get grant money for defensible space mitigation.  This grant program provides home and landowners in Gilpin County with the opportunity to receive financial assistance for fire mitigation and fuels reduction work on their property.  This work will in turn help to better protect ones property in the event of a wildland fire.  This grant is a cooperative agreement between CSU Extension, Gilpin County, and Timberline Fire, and aims to improve household defensible space within the county, as well increase public safety.  In addition, this grant program may help homeowners with issues surrounding home insurance.

This grant program provides helpful opportunities for homeowners to improve their property raise awareness about defensible space and provide educational opportunities for those who want to learn more about living in the Wildland Urban Interface.  

Below are links to more in depth information on the 2015 grant program.

Please take a look at our new informative brochure. Share one with your neighbor! 

2015 brochure.pdf

Applicant Information

Applicant Information:

The terms for the 2015 grant are different than before.  Landowners now apply individually, and do not need to apply as communities.  However, working in conjunction with other neighbors is highly recommended. There are two ways to fulfill the grant:

  • Having work done by a contractor
  • Or, by performing the work yourself (in-kind). (In-kind reimbursements now allowable up to 75%)

There is also additional money available for treatment of up to 5 acres of fuels mitigation beyond the initial defensible space work.  

Individual applicants need to perform the following steps:

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1) Read the "Individual Terms and Conditions"

Individual TC update.pdf

2) Fill out the "Individual Application"

Individual Application.pdf (print and mail-in version)

Digital forms are available upon request. Please email:

All printed forms must be mailed, faxed, or hand delivered to-

Fax: (303)-582-5062

CSU Extension

230 Norton Drive

Black Hawk, Co 80422

After completing the steps listed above, Gilpin Grant Coordinator, Aaron Betcher,   will be in contact with you to assist in the process, as well as be available to perform presentations about defensible space, home ignition zones, and living in the Wildland Urban Interface.

 Before contacting Aaron with questions, please read over our Frequently Asked Questions PDF, to see if answers to your questions are already addressed. ​

FAQ'S .pdf

Participants who choose to perform In-kind defensible space work will need to fill out the following work log to receive payment for their hours worked-

In-kind work log.pdf

An incomplete list of local contractors is avialable to help participants learn of local contractors. There is no requirement to select from this list. If you are a contractor and want to be listed please email with your details @​

Contractors list.pdf

IRS W-9 forms are required to be filled out and submitted in order to be reimbursed


​Additional Information

​​​​For additional information about making a beautiful Firewise landscape around your home, please visit the Gilpin County CSU Extenion site-​

CSU Extension- Fire resources​

For more information about slash pile burning-

Gilpin Pile Burning Instructions​

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