The North Central Texas Safe Room Rebate Program offers residents living or developing in one of the sixteen counties in the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) region an opportunity to qualify for a rebate that covers half the cost of the construction or installation of an individual safe room, up to a reimbursement cap of $3,000. Builders and developers may also participate in the program. They are capped at 3 safe rooms each and will not qualify for rebate funds until all citizens on the waitlist have been given an opportunity to participate in the program. You can sign up for the waitlist here.

The waitlist currently has over 9,000 people on it. Each round of the program provides around 3-20 rebate opportunities for each county in the NCTCOG region. Contingent on continued program funding, eligible waitlisted applicants will be notified of the opportunity to submit documentation for acceptance into the program during June and July of each year.

Please sign up for the North Central Texas Safe Room Rebate Program waitlist by submitting your information. As they receive additional funding, you will be contacted in the order in which your submission was received. The anticipated timeframe to be contacted regarding placement in the program may be from 18 to 24 months.

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Program Update

NCTCOG will begin processes for the next round of the Safe Room Rebate program throughout June and July 2015. Eligible waitlisted applicants will be notified of the opportunity to submit documentation for acceptance into the program shortly thereafter. Contingent on continued program funding, eligible waitlisted applicants will be moved into the program once a year in the summer.

Waitlisted applicants not funded in 2016 will be notified of future rebate opportunities if additional program funding is obtained after this year. Please note that eligibility factors may change with additional funding. Eligibility is contingent on the specific state and federal qualifications set for each grant year. Those on the waitlist will be notified of future changes affecting program eligibility.

NCTCOG waitlist registrations are date and time stamped and registrants are placed on the waitlist in chronological order; first come, first served. Waitlist rankings may change due to opt outs, deletion of duplicate applications, and data verification processes.

Signing up for the waitlist does not guarantee that you will receive a rebate.

Program Overview

A homeowner, builder, or developer can be reimbursed for half the cost of the construction or installation of an individual safe room in an existing or planned home, up to a reimbursement cap of $3,000. Types of eligible safe rooms include: in-ground, above ground, indoors, and outdoors. This program is not retroactive. Any safe room under contract or installed before the receipt of an official award packet does not qualify for a rebate.

  • Eligible applicants:
    • Owner occupants of single-family homes, builders, and developers.
      • Builders and developers are capped at 3 safe rooms each.
    • Owners must be living, building, or developing within an eligible county.
    • Owners of manufactured homes must own the structure and land.
    • Owner occupants of multi-family dwellings such as condominiums or townhomes are limited to occupants on the ground floor.
  • Costs Covered By Rebate:
    • Allowable costs: building permits, delivery, installation, and safe room structure.
    • Non-allowable costs: repair of damage done during installation of safe room, landscaping, safe room add-ons (lights, electrical outlets, emergency supplies), and credit card or banking fees.
  • Reimbursement:
    • Applicant will receive direct reimbursement from NCTCOG unless they choose to have NCTCOG directly reimburse their installer.
    • Reimbursement will occur approximately 8-12 months after the applicant has submitted the required final documentation.
  • Communication:
    • All communication will take place via email unless otherwise requested.
    • Program update emails will be sent to those on the waitlist once a year in January.
    • Email nctsaferoom@nctcog.org with any questions.

Eligibility Requirements

To participate in the program, applicants must:

  • Be living or developing in one of the sixteen counties in the NCTCOG region.
    • Eligible counties include: Collin, Dallas, Denton, Erath, Ellis, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, Tarrant, and Wise.
  • Own a single-family home. Builders and developers may also apply.
    • Owners of manufactured homes must own structure and land.
    • Builders and developers are capped at 3 safe rooms each and will not qualify for rebate funds until all citizens on the waitlist have been given an opportunity to participate in the program.
  • Contract with a National Storm Shelter Association (NSSA) or American Tornado Shelter Association (ATSA) certified company once placed in the program.
  • Share their Taxpayer Identification Number (Social Security number) with NCTCOG for use in internal financial processing procedures.
  • Agree to allow a final inspection of the installed safe room by a local government official.
  • Allow NCTCOG to share the GPS coordinates of their safe room with first responders in their jurisdiction.
  • NOT be living or developing in a 100 year floodplain (FEMA Flood Zone A/AE) or listed in the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA).
  • Allow a review from the State Historical Preservation Office for any home 45 years old or older.

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