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How to Apply for Strengthen Alabama Homes Grant

How to Apply for the Strengthen Alabama Homes Grant

When the Strengthen Alabama Homes application period begins, you need to be ready. Funds from this program are given on a first-come, first-served basis so the quickest homeowners to complete the application get this incredible opportunity.

To give yourself the best chance at gaining the grant, follow these steps to complete your application. Then, start planning your new FORTIFIED roof!

Step 1: Mark Your Calendar for Opening Day

The Strengthen Alabama Homes application opens once per quarter, so be sure to mark your calendar for the next opening day.

The 2024 opening days are:

  • Quarter 3: July 1st for Mobile County residents and July 3rd for Baldwin County
  • Quarter 4: October 1st for Mobile County and October 3rd for Baldwin County

Step 2: Prepare Your Documents

To qualify for the grant, you will need documentation proving that you have valid homeowners insurance including applicable wind and flood protection and your most recent tax return. You will have 14 days after applying to provide these documents, but we recommend gathering them in advance to streamline the process.

Step 3: Create An Account

Before opening day, create an online profile with the Strengthen Alabama Homes program. Then, you can get started on your application once the application opens at 9am of opening day.

Step 4: Complete the Application

The next step is to complete the application. Just follow the prompts to provide information about yourself and your home.

Be prepared for delays during the application because many people will be attempting to apply at the same time. To speed the process along, only fill out the required fields in your initial application and use the 14-day period after you submit your application to upload documentation.

Step 5: Re-apply If Needed

If space is full when you submit your application, we recommend trying again weekly throughout the quarter. Some applicants won’t meet the deadlines or will drop out of the program, leaving funds available within the quarter.

Step 6: Have Your Home Evaluated

If your initial application is approved, you will receive a notification that it is time to move on to the next step of the process – choosing a FORTIFIED Evaluator. The person or company that you choose will be integral to the process, starting with an initial evaluation to determine if your home qualifies for the program.

The evaluation is pass / fail and it will be valid for 5 years unless your home is drastically changed during that period. If your home passes, the Evaluator will determine if a re-roof is needed to bring your home up to the FORTIFIED Roof or Silver designation.

Step 7: Get 3 Contractor Bids

Once your home passes evaluation, you’ll be prompted to choose 3 contractors from an approved list to bid on the needed work. As you consider your options, keep in mind our 5 Tips to Find the Best Roofer.

Contractor bids will be valid for 90 days after they are received. To get the most accurate bids, be sure to let the contactors know if you want to change the type of roofing material on your home – for example, switching from asphalt shingles to metal roofing.

Keep in mind that contractors can’t discuss specific aspects of their bid with you until all 3 bids are received. You can keep track of which bids have been submitted in the online portal.

Step 8: Application Approval

After all 3 contactor bids are in, your full application will be reviewed. If approved, you’ll be told your grant amount and the contactor bids. At this point, you will also be notified of any out-of-pocket costs that you would be responsible for paying – such as amounts above the approved grant.

Step 9: Choose A Roofing Contractor

Once your application is approved, it’s time to choose a contractor from the three bids you received. You will only see the total bid amount from each contractor in the online portal, so we encourage you to reach out to the contractors to determine why their bids are different.

If you choose the lowest cost option without all the information, you could end up paying more later. For example, some roofers – like Complete Roofing – include enhanced warranties in their bid, while others offer these as an add-on later in the process.

If you have out-of-pocket expenses, also be sure to ask about financing options with your chosen contractors. For example, Complete Roofing offers a low-cost financing program for any expenses not covered by the grant.

Get Help with Your Application

At Complete Roofing, we have the experience to help you with all your roofing needs and our friendly customer service team would be happy to help you with your grant application. As an approved contractor for both the Strengthen Alabama Homes and FORTIFIED programs, we know the ins and outs.

Use the contact information below to reach out to our local team today for help with your application or to discuss your roofing needs.

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