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Grants to California agencies, nonprofits, fire safety councils, conservation corps, and water and fire districts for wildfire mitigation activities. Applicants must request a project tracking number at least one week before the deadline. Funding is intended for projects and activities that address the risk and potential impacts of wildfire to adjacent communities.
The three qualifying projects and activities include those related to hazardous fuel reduction and removal of dead, dying, or diseased trees, fire prevention planning, and fire prevention education. Examples of qualifying projects and activities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Hazardous Fuel Reduction
- Vegetation clearance in critical locations to reduce wildfire intensity and rate of spread.
- Creation or maintenance of fuel breaks in strategic locations, as identified in CAL FIRE Unit Fire Plans, a Community Wildfire Protection Plan, or similar strategic planning document.
- Removal of ladder fuels to reduce the risk of crown fires.
- Creation of community-level fire prevention programs, such as community chipping days, roadside chipping, and green waste bin programs.
- Selective tree removal (thinning) to improve forest health to withstand wildfire.
- Modification of vegetation adjacent to roads to provide for safer ingress and egress of evacuating residents and responding emergency personnel.
- Reduction of fuel loading around critical firefighting infrastructure, including, but not limited to, fire hydrants, water drafting locations, and staging areas.
- Purchase of fuel modification equipment not to exceed $100,000.
- Removal of dead and dying trees that pose a threat to public health and safety and meet the following characteristics:
- Dead and dying trees must be greater than 10” in diameter and 20 feet in height;
- Dead and dying trees reasonably accessible by equipment/machinery;
- Dead and dying trees within 300 feet of permanent structures that pose a structural threat to the residence. (this does not include movable or temporary sheds, outbuildings, or carports).
- Dead and dying trees within 300 feet of serviceable roadways that pose a structural threat to roadways; or public or private infrastructure.
- Removal of dead or dying trees from existing fuel breaks; or from Tier 2 high hazard zones.
Fire Prevention Education
- Workshops, meetings, materials creation, and other educational activities with the purpose of increasing knowledge and awareness of information that could be used to reduce the total number of wildland fire and acres burned.
Fire Prevention Planning
- Wildfire risk or related mapping.
- Creation of Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP).
- Development of evacuation plans.
- Creation or updates to wildfire mitigation plans.
Examples of eligible costs include:
- Evaluation and identification of dead or dying trees posing an imminent threat to the public rights-of-way and public or private infrastructure, or Tier 2 high hazard zones by a certified arborist or Registered Professional Forester (RPF).
- Removal of dead, dying or diseased trees posing an imminent threat to public rights-of-way and public infrastructure, which may include trees on private property.
- Contracted tree removal, transportation, holding site fees, and disposal.
- Costs that are necessary and prudent to the accomplishment of the project.
Other eligible costs include:
- Salaries and wages
- Indirect costs - The maximum allowable indirect charge for this grant program is 12%.
GrantWatch ID#: 165728
Grants must be completed by March 15, 2022.
Eligible applicants include, but are not limited to, the following:
- State Agencies
- Native American Tribes
- Local government within or adjacent to State Responsibility Area (SRA), including: Incorporated Cities and Counties; Fire Districts; Community Services Districts; Water Districts; Resource Conservation Districts; Special districts
- Fire Safe Councils with a 501(c)(3) designation
- Other non-profit organizations with a 501(c)(3) designation such as Certified Local Conservation Corps
Applicants may not be one of the following:
- A privately held for-profit company or corporation.
- Individual landowners requesting a grant specifically for a project to be completed on only his/her own land.
- Homeowners associations or other associations unless they have 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. These groups should consider applying through a fiscal sponsor such as a county or a 501(c)(3).
Examples of non-qualifying project types and activities:
- Purchase of capital equipment greater than $100,000.
- Installation, creation, upgrade, or maintenance of fire protection features, such as roads, bridges, structure’s or water storage facilities.
- Any project submitted by a for profit company or corporation.
- Projects or activities with indirect costs greater than 12%.
- Projects or activities utilizing CAL FIRE staff without corresponding reimbursements or requests seeking funding for services already provided by CAL FIRE.
- Removal of dead and dying trees that do not pose a threat to public health and safety.
Examples of non-eligible costs include:
- Removal of trees from private property that do not pose an imminent threat to public health and safety.
- Costs that are not directly associated with the project and/or in excess of 12% indirect costs.
- Costs already funded or budgeted through another source (i.e. supplanting).
- Income, fees, revenues, or wages lost or voluntarily waived by a local agency.
- Activities or costs associated with permanent work such the construction of a biomass facility.
- Costs incurred before or after the project performance period.
- Cost of preparing a grant and application.
- Late fees, penalties, and bank fees.
- Grant Solicitations: October 17
- Grants due: December 19, 2018 by 3:00 PM PST
- Grant Review: February 2019
- Final Awards: April 2019
- Grant Agreements due: August 30, 2019
- Project Completion: March 15, 2022
Prior to applying, interested applicants will need to request a Project Tracking Number.
Applicants must request this information at the beginning of the grant application process. Requests that are made less than one week prior to the due date (after December 12, 2018) may not be considered.
Except in those cases where CAL FIRE authorizes advanced payments, all payments will be made on a reimbursement basis.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Applicants need to request a Project Tracking Number by emailing one of the following:
Joy.Tucker@fire.ca.gov (Northern Region Contact)
Virginia.Hernandez@fire.ca.gov (Southern Region Contact)
Should you need additional information, you may contact Natalie Burke at 916-568-2922 or FPGrants@fire.ca.gov.
Email a complete Project Application package to CAL FIRE at:
Submit a hard copy of the Project Application package to:
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Attention: Grants Management Unit – CCI FP Grants
P.O. Box 944246
Sacramento, CA 94244-2460