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

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

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

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06/15/21 11:59 PM PDT


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Grants to California and Nevada nonprofit and for-profit organizations, Tribes, IHEs, local and state government agencies, and school districts for projects to mitigate the risk of wildfires in eligible locations. Funding is intended to support a wide range of activities, including educational programs, planning projects, training, and hazardous fuel treatments. Projects must take place in California and/or the Tahoe region of Nevada.

This grant program emphasizes fire risk reduction activities by landowners and residents in at-risk communities to restore and maintain resilient landscapes and create fire-adapted communities. Projects may focus on one or more of the categories.

  • Fuel Hazard Mitigation vegetation treatments such as chipping, thinning, burning, grazing, and mastication.
  • Community Hazard Mitigation Planning such as CWPP’s, Firewise assessments, hazard assessments, and similar types of plans
  • Prevention and Mitigation Education such as outreach, mailings, workshops, events, PSAs, and other education programs

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

  • Projects must be located within California and/or the Tahoe region of Nevada.
  • Projects must be in the wildland urban interface (WUI) and protecting an officially designated Community-at-Risk (CAR).
  • Programs, projects, or activities must address areas identified and prioritized in a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) or equivalent document.
  • Proposed projects should align with the applicable primary factors, guiding principles and core values identified in Phase I of the Cohesive Strategy.
  • Projects should be used to implement actions in accordance with Chapter 11 “Reducing Community Wildfire Risk of “California’s Forests and Rangelands: 2017 Assessment”.

General types of costs that are allowable under these grants include:

  • Salaries and wages of staff to manage the project, and complete grant reporting.
  • Contact costs for project-related services
  • Office related costs, printing and mailing, website publishing costs, and supplies
  • Travel costs related to the project
  • Insurance
  • Tools such as chainsaws, gas or diesel, and hand tools for hazardous fuel reduction
  • Equipment rental
  • Meeting or office space rental costs
  • Personal protective supplies

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GrantWatch ID#: 150937

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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 subgrant grant term will be 24 months from Nov. 1, 2021 to Nov. 30, 2023.

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.

Projects cannot be on Federal lands or lands leased/permitted by the federal government, apart from tribal lands.

Excluded Costs:
• Purchase of vehicles or heavy equipment such as tub grinders and other expensive assets will not be funded or allowed as match (suggest rental or lease of these items).
• Construction costs such as for water tanks, ponds, fences, office structures and maintenance, and road construction and maintenance are not allowable costs or match.
• Purchase of land with federal funds or use of land purchase value as match are not allowed.
• Items that are not documented with adequate source documentation are not allowed as costs or match.
• Costs that are not related to the scope of the grant are not allowed as federal costs or match.
• Any other items not allowed under 2 CFR 200 Cost Principles

Pre-Application Information:

- April 9, 2021: Application Cycle Announcement
- May 3, 2021: Grant Application Period Opens
- May 3-14, 2021: Grant Application Training Workshops
- June 15, 2021: Applications Due by Midnight PDT
- August 2021: Award Announcement

Because CFSC grant specialists do not select applications for funding, they are available to read your application and provide feedback if time allows. This can be extremely helpful as a way of catching errors or areas where the application can be improved or clarified.

Applications must be submitted for review online by 5:00 p.m. PDT on June 1, 2021 at the link listed in Contact Information, below.

The 2021 U.S. Forest Service State Fire Assistance funds require a 50/50 (dollar for dollar) match. Federal funds received from the California Fire Safe Council must be matched with non-federal funds.

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.

Applicants must obtain a DUNS number and register on prior to applying.

2021 SFA Grant Workshop:

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Applications may be submitted for review at:

Contact Dan if your project is in Northern California or upper Central California:
Dan Lang, Senior Grant Specialist
Phone: 916‐256‐3621

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

Contact Thomas if your project is Northern California:
Thomas Shumaker, Staff Grant Specialist
(916) 256-3130

Contact Becca if your project is in Southern California:
Becca Joyner, Staff Grant Specialist
(916) 256-3215

Contact Liron if your project is in lower Central California.
Liron Galliano, Senior Grant Specialist
(916) 277-8502

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