Find Nonprofit and Small Business Grants

Advance Search

Only Available for Paid Subscribers
Clear Filters
Search Filters

U.S. Forest Service State Fire Assistance (SFA) Grant Program

Grants to California Nonprofits, Tribes, IHEs, Agencies, For-Profits,
and Schools to Mitigate the Risk of Wildfires

Agency Type:


Funding Source:

Add to My Calendar 

California Fire Safe Council (CFSC) and U.S. Forest Service

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

06/18/20 5:00 PM PDT


Request a Grant Writer

Grants to California nonprofits, Tribes, IHEs, local and state government agencies, for-profits, and school districts for projects to mitigate the risk of wildfires in local communities. Funding is intended to support a wide range of activities, including educational programs, planning projects, training, and hazardous fuel treatments.

The purpose of the grant program is to support fire risk reduction activities by landowners in at‐risk communities to restore and maintain resilient landscapes and create fire adapted communities. Funds should be utilized for hazard mitigation competitive grants in the following categories:

  • Hazardous fuels reduction and maintenance projects on non‐federal land
  • Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP) and other community hazard mitigation and planning
  • Prevention and mitigation education and outreach opportunities for landowners and residents in at‐risk communities

Funds are available for all fire prevention activities including training, planning, hazardous fuel treatments, and fire prevention education programs. 

Programs or activities proposed for SFA funding must meet the following criteria:

  • Projects must be in the wildland urban interface (WUI) and protecting a Community‐at‐Risk (CAR).
  • Projects cannot be on Federal lands or lands leased/permitted by the federal government with the exception of tribal lands
  • Programs, projects, or activities must address areas identified and prioritized in a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) or equivalent document.
  • Projects should implement actions advocated in the State of California’s Forests and Rangelands: 2017 Assessment”, Chapter 11 “Reducing Community Wildfire Risk”.

Hazardous fuel reduction proposals can include funds for project implementation, such as hiring contractors or paying agency personnel, for purchase of needed supplies and tools such as chainsaws, personal protective supplies, hand tools, etc., and other products or services necessary for the successful completion of the project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 150937

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Projected maximum number of applications selected for funding in 2020 program: 13

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant application request cannot exceed $200,000 federal grant dollars.

Fiscal sponsors may submit 2 applications and receive up to $200,000 for themselves, plus be awarded up to $100,000 each for the organizations they are sponsoring (up to 3 organizationstotal).

Term of Contract:

The grant performance period is 24 months. Grant funds cannot be expended after the termination date. The grant start date is anticipated to be October 2020, but dates are subject to change.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

- Nonprofit Organizations
- Home/Property Owners Associations
- Native American Tribes
- Resource Conservation Districts
- Municipalities: Towns and Cities and Counties
- Institutions of Higher Education
- Joint‐Powers Authorities
- Special Districts
- School Districts
- Counties
- State Agencies
- For‐profit Companies

Individuals are not eligible to apply.

Applications submitted by unincorporated groups/organizations must have a Fiscal Sponsor. These applicants must submit a Fiscal Sponsor Agreement Letter with their application.

Purchase of vehicles or heavy equipment such as tub grinders and other expensive assets will not be funded (suggest rental or lease of these items). Construction and purchasing land are not allowable under the State Fire Assistance Programs.

Pre-proposal Conference:

It is strongly recommend that new applicants attend a training workshop or webinar and review the published “Request for Applications” (RFA) and 2020 Application Handbook before completing the 2020 application.


May 19, 2020 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
May 21, 2020 1- 3 p.m.

Click here to register for the webinar or request a printed handbook:

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates:
May 15, 2020 Grants Clearinghouse Opens. Solicitation of Applications
June 18, 2020 Application Submission Deadline (5:00 p.m. PDT)

The mandatory cost share is 100%. Federal funding can account for up to 50% of the project’s cost and the remaining 50% must come from non‐federal sources and can include cash and/or third‐party in‐kind. For example, a $200,000 grant request will need to be matched with $200,000 or more from the applicant and partners.

The maximum amount of applications that can be submitted is two (2) by a single organization.

Applicants interested in applying for small equipment purchases such as chippers must contact a Grant Specialist prior to applying for the grant to discuss the requirements.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Dan Lang
Senior Grant Specialist
Phone: 916‐256‐3621

Elizabeth LaMar
Associate Grant Specialist
Phone: 559- 288-2603

Contact Amber if you have questions about how to use features in the ZoomGrants website:
Amber Gardner
Clearinghouse Administrator
Phone: 916‐256‐3337

Patty Ciesla,Executive
Director Phone: 916‐

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: California

Suggested Grants:

Fundraising and Publicity Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits for Cult...

Deadline Ongoing

Fundraising opportunity for USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations to host a jazz concert held in honor of their organization or cause. Applicants must contact the funding source prior to applying. In addition to funds raised through concert ticket sales

GrantWatch ID#: 123735

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Address the Climate Crisis and Reduce Inequality

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to reduce social inequality and promote solutions to the climate crisis. Eligible programs will address the areas of racial and economic justice, corporate and political accountability; voice, creativity, and culture; and an inclusi

GrantWatch ID#: 123756

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Protect Natural Resources

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to protect natural resources on land and water in locations around the world. Funding is intended to ensure that activities to acquire metals, gemstones, and corals for design use do not have an adverse impact on the area of origin.

GrantWatch ID#: 126162

Grants to USA and Canada Nonprofits for Projects to Protect Wildlife and Natural Habitats

Deadline 05/01/21

Grants of up to $3,000 to USA and Canada nonprofit organizations for projects to protect wildlife and natural habitats. Funding is intended for campaigns to save specific species and ecosystems. Eligible activities include public policy work, litigation, advocacy, and d

GrantWatch ID#: 129644

Grants to USA Nonprofits in Multiple States for Economic Development and Job Training in Eli...

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations in multiple states to address the needs of residents in eligible counties, with priority given to low- to moderate-income populations. Applicants in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska,

GrantWatch ID#: 130602

Grants to USA and Canada Low-Income Individuals and Families for Financial Assistance

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA and Canada individuals and families with low-income for financial assistance. Types of assistance include financial support to offset emergency expenses or to cover the cost of regular monthly bills. Funding is intended for workers and households that are

GrantWatch ID#: 131400

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies and IHEs for Projects to Reduce Serious Neighborhood Crime

Deadline 04/26/21

Grants to USA nonprofits, agencies, Tribes, and IHEs for community-oriented programs to reduce serious neighborhood crime. Applicants are advised to complete required registrations well in advance of the deadline. Funding is intended for cooperative projects with law en

GrantWatch ID#: 132213

Grant to a USA, Canada, or International Early-Career Psychologist for Child Psychology Rese...

Deadline 06/15/21

Grant of $9,000 to a USA, Canada, or International early-career psychologist for child psychology research projects. The purpose of the program is for research and demonstration projects that foster an understanding of the relationship between self-identity and scholast

GrantWatch ID#: 132694

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies for Community Improvement Initiatives

Deadline Ongoing

Grants of $25,000 to USA nonprofit organizations, government entities, educational institutions, and volunteer fire companies for community benefit projects. Funding is intended to support a wide range of impactful and sustainable initiatives that meet community needs.

GrantWatch ID#: 132986

Grants to USA and International Nonprofits, Agencies, and For-Profits to Benefit Families, Ch...

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA and International nonprofit organizations, for-profit entities, and agencies for initiatives to benefit families, children, and communities. Applicants are required to submit an LOI prior to submitting a full proposal. Focus areas include equitable communi

GrantWatch ID#: 133552