Grants for existing firewood banks are available on a sliding scale up to $20,000 depending on the needs and capacity of the firewood bank. Examples of eligible expenses include chain saws, splitters, logs, building materials for firewood sheds or tool sheds, protective equipment, wheelbarrows, and many other items. All grant recipients must have or purchase a moisture meter and have a plan to test and track firewood moisture. Grant funding may also be used to purchase insurance, fuel and transportation expenses and related equipment. First aid kits, moisture meters, and sufficient safety equipment (helmet, chaps, eye protection, gloves, etc.) are required on site, so these items must be added to the budget if they are not already owned by the firewood bank. Products made in the United States are preferred. Also, since this is federal money, no single item can cost more than $5,000, and funds cannot be used to cover food, drinks or entertainment. Note: we can only cover costs for materials – not labor. Please let us know what you need, and we can determine if it’s an eligible expense. Please provide a simple budget with links to the items you need. Any tax and shipping fees should be calculated separately and included in the total item cost. Remember, if you forget to include taxes or shipping, you will be required to cover those expenses on your own. (Each state is different. The average state tax is 5.6% and the average local tax is 1.9%. If your budget has items totaling $10,000, the average sales taxes would be over $700. You can find your state sales tax here
). (You can adjust the budget before the grant is finalized if it is accepted).
for a sample budget that you may download and use.