These grants range from $1,000 - $15,000 depending on the needs and capacity of the firewood bank. Eligible expenses include chain saws, splitters, building materials for firewood sheds or tool sheds, protective equipment, wheelbarrows, and many other items. First aid kits, moisture meters, and sufficient safety equipment (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. Since this is federal money, no single item can cost more than $5,000, it cannot cover food, drinks or entertainment and we can only cover materials to build sheds – not labor. Products made in the United States are preferred. 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
). We have attached a budget
that you can use if helpful, or you can upload your own. (You can adjust the budget before the grant is finalized if it is accepted).