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Welcome to the MAST, Mountain Area Safety Taskforce Wood Shake/Shingle Roof Replacement Grant Program for the San Bernardino County Mountains. This program is brought to you in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the California Emergency Management Agency, the San Bernardino County Fire Department, The City of Big Bear Lake, and the Big Bear Lake Fire Protection District. The purpose of the program is to replace existing wood shake/shingle roofs on structures within the mountain communities located in the County of San Bernardino.  These structures are at the highest risk of igniting during a wildfire occurrence which could spread throughout the various mountain communities. This program is a voluntary program. At this time the priority for funding is established by the MAST organization and is based upon potential for wildfire behavior, structural ignitability, proximity to the National Forest, terrain, aspect, topological features and community preservation.

The Process for the Grant Program is as follows:

  1. The process is based on a first-come first-serve basis to property owners who meet guidelines established by the MAST organization.
  2. California State Law requires property owners to be in compliance with defensible space requirements.  FEMA is precluded from Funding projects that are in violation of law.  To become an eligible structure for the cost-share shake/shingle roof replacement program the structure must be in compliance with defensible space requirements.
  3. If your structure has a wood shake/shingle roof and meets defensible space requirements, you will be offered the opportunity to complete a wood shake/shingle roof program application.   After the application is completed, an assessment will be conducted and pictures of your structure and its surroundings will be taken.  These pictures will be taken that indicate the degree of defensible space compliance.
  4. Your application and pictures of your structure will be submitted up to FEMA for environmental review. Once environmental review is complete the property owner will be notified of the next step in the process.

Some frequently asked questions and answers are listed:

Question: Can I reroof now and expect reimbursement later on?

Answer: No, roofs cannot be reroofed until approval for funding is received from FEMA and the property owner is issued a "Notice to Proceed". Funding from FEMA takes anywhere from six to eight months. The application and pictures have to be submitted to FEMA for environmental review prior to any reroofing occurring.

Question: How much does it cost to reroof a structure?

Answer: Prices vary depending upon the slope of the roof, roofing material, access, roof angle, the square footage of the roof, etc. Contact your local roofing contractor for specific information on your roof.

Question: Who is an Eligible Applicant?

Answer: Due to the nature of the funding source, the applicant must own an "Eligible Unit" with a wood shake/shingle roof previously identified by MAST. Any and all work to replace wood shake/shingle roofs must be conducted after the property owner receives a "Notice to Proceed" from the MAST organization.

Question: What are eligible improvements?

Answer: Eligible improvements include the replacement of wood shake/shingle roofs with a minimum "Class A" rated asphalt composition shingle roof or other approved non-organic material having a minimum 30 year warranty and underlaid with a minimum 30 lb. felt material or equivelent, replacement of skip sheathing with solid sheathing, ice dams, drip edge, vent flashing, and non-ember intrusion vents.

Question: What improvements are ineligible?

Answer: Ineligible improvements include the replacement of dormer vents, sky lights, rain gutters, insulation, roof additions or other accessories, and existing plywood or solid sheathing. Other ineligible costs are costs associated with the installation and/or repair of any structural improvements that may be needed or required.

Question: What are the grant limits and source of funding reimbursement process?

Answer: The property owner understands that their participation in this Roof Replacement Program is a cost sharing/reimbursement process. The MAST organization, through its Roof Replacement Program, agrees to use its available FEMA and California Emergency Management Agency grant funds to reimburse selected homeowners a percentage of the cost of replacing wood shake/shingle roofing with "Class A" composition roofing having a minimum 30 year warranty underlaid with 30 lb. felt with ice dam, including the removal and disposal of existing wood shake/shingles. For most of the grants, there are three factors which will be utilized to limit the reimbursement:

  • The reimbursement shall not exceed 70% of the cost of the lowest bid for roof replacement
  • The reimbursement shall not exceed $266.00 per square (100 sq. ft.)
  • The grant cannot exceed a maximum reimbursement amount of $4,500.00

(Note: an adjustment will be made at the beginning of each calendar year to reflect price adjustments based upon the San Bernardino County Consumer Price Index.)

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