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Brace and Bolt Grants

Brace and Bolt Grants from CEACEA is committed to making California communities safer, more resilient and able to recover following a damaging earthquake.

If you own an older house (built before 1980), we encourage you to strengthen it to make it more resistant to earthquakes. This process is called a seismic retrofit.

A seismic retrofit involves bolting or bolting and bracing the house to its foundation in compliance with California Existing Building Code Chapter A3.

For properly retrofitted qualifying homes, CEA offers a premium discount of up to 25%.

CEA offers a brace + bolt program to help fund your seismic retrofit.

Earthquake Brace + Bolt (EBB)

Earthquake Brace + Bolt: Funds to Strengthen Your Foundation is an incentive program that offers grants of up to $3,000 to qualified homeowners with eligible houses in a select number of higher-earthquake-risk ZIP Codes. 

You do not need to be a CEA policyholder to be eligible for this grant.

ZIP Codes chosen for program participation are ordered by the following two criteria:

  1. Earthquake Hazard: Hazard was identified using the United States Geological Survey (USGS) earthquake hazard map for California.
  2. Earthquake Vulnerability: Vulnerability was represented by identifying the percentage of pre-1940 houses in ZIP Codes in California (US Census Data). Older houses are more likely to require earthquake bracing and bolting.

Over time we hope to get to all high hazard areas in the state with additional funding from a variety of sources.

EBB program registration is open for a limited period each year. Visit the EBB website to learn when program registration is open, and if your home qualifies.


Are you a California-licensed contractor, interested in learning how to complete retrofits for new customers? Learn more about how to get on the CEA BB or EBB Contractor Directory.

Learn about the value of an EBB retrofit

The value of an EBB retrofit - South Berkeley, CA


The Mosers - Earthquake Brace + Bolt

The Mosers live in South Berkeley, and they wanted to be sure they protected their investment by purchasing earthquake insurance and retrofitting their house through the Earthquake Brace + Bolt program.

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CEA Brace + Bolt (CEA BB)

The CEA BB program is now closed.

If you were a participant of the CEA BB program and need to access information, log in to your Policyholder Dashboard.

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