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California Climate Investments (CCI) Fire Prevention Grant Program

Grants to California Agencies, Nonprofits, Tribes, and
Fire Safety Councils for Wildfire Mitigation Activities

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California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)

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05/19/21 3:00 PM PT


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Grants to California government agencies, nonprofit organizations, Native American Tribes, and fire safety councils for wildfire mitigation activities in the northern and southern regions of the state. Applicants must request a project tracking number prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended for three types of activities: fire prevention planning, fire prevention education, and hazardous fuel reduction.

Projects should be designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions during project activities and over time through wildfire reduction. Projects that benefit or focus on assisting those with special needs (i.e. low income, disabled, or elderly) will receive additional priority, as will projects that demonstrate a carbon benefit by reducing the carbon emissions during the implementation of the project. Disadvantaged communities and low-income communities will also be given preference. 

The Fire Prevention Grants Program funds three types of activities:

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 $250,000 (excluding vehicles).
  • Projects to improve compliance with defensible space requirements as required by Public Resources Code Section 4291 through increased inspections and assistance for low-income people.
  • Removal of dead and dying trees that pose a threat to public health and safety.

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. 
  • To educate the public on wildfire mitigation and risk reduction strategies.

Fire Prevention Planning

  • Wildfire risk or related mapping.
  • Creation or update of strategic wildfire planning documents, such as:
    • Evacuation plans
    • Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP).
    • Local Hazard Mitigation Plans
    • Safety Elements
    • Wildfire prevention plans
  • Development of evacuation plans. 
  • Research to determine standards for structural codes and regulations
  • Creation or updates to wildfire mitigation plans.

For information about eligible costs see see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165728

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Total Grant Request: No Maximum Total Grant Request
- Equipment Limit: $250,000
- Administrative Costs: 12%

Term of Contract:

Grant Projects Completion: March 15, 2025, or March 15, 2026, depending on the source of the funds awarded.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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).

For examples of non-qualifying project types and activities, see

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by May 19, 2021, at 3:00 PM PDT.

Grant selection will be made in July 2021, and grants will be awarded in August-November 2021.

Prior to applying, interested applicants will need to request a Project Tracking Number. It is highly recommended that applicants request this information at least one week prior to the due date to allow for a timely response to your request.

Upload all documents related to your application to the folder no later than 3:00 PM PST on the deadline date.

Matching or in-kind contributions are any contributions to the project (financial, volunteer time, employee time [paid by another funding source], services funded by another source, etc.) that contribute to the achievement of the deliverables spelled out in the Project Application. CAL FIRE resources may not be used as a match (i.e. crew day value).

If your project is selected for funding there will be a mechanism for periodic reimbursement of the completed project work. Additionally, advanced payment of funds is allowed in certain cases. See:

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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:
- (Northern Region Contact)
- (Southern Region Contact)
- (Sacramento)

You will receive a tracking number for each application you are submitting as well as a link to a folder that has been set-up for each application.

Direct questions to
Diane Carpenter
(916) 568-3838

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