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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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12/04/19 3:00 PM PT


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Grants to California 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 at least one week before the deadline. Funding is intended for three types of activities: hazardous fuel reduction, fire prevention planning, and fire prevention education.

Projects will be ranked based on the overall benefit to reduce the threat of wildfires to the greatest number of habitable structures, State Responsibility Area, and people. 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).
  • 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. 

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165728

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Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Term of Contract:

- Grant Agreements due: August 31, 2020
- Grant Projects Completion: March 15, 2024

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).

Examples of non-qualifying project types and activities:
- Removal of trees from private property that do not pose an imminent threat to public health and safety.
- Costs associated with improvement of landscaping, including planting.
- 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.

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.

Pre-proposal Conference:

CAL FIRE is hosting public workshops on the 2019-2020 Fire Prevention Grant Programs funded by California Climate Investments (CCI).

- St. Helena - CAL FIRE-LNU HQ: Monday 9/30/2019: 11 AM - 12:30 PM
- San Mateo - San Mateo College: Tuesday 10/1/2019: 10-11:30 AM
- Placerville - USFS Sup's Office: Wednesday 10/2/2019: 10 - 11:30 AM
- Sacramento - Nat. Resources Bldg.: Thursday 10/3/2019: 10 AM-12:00 PM
- Redding - Redding Library: Friday 10/4/2019: 11 AM - 12:30 PM
- San Diego - County Operations Ctr.: Monday 10/14/2019: 11 AM - 1:00 PM
- Riverside - SOPS Training: Tuesday 10/15/2019: 10 AM - 12:00 PM
- Fresno - Regional Fire Training Ctr.: Wednesday 10/16/2019: 9:30 - 11 AM
- Sonora - Tuolumne Fire Dept.: Thursday 10/17/2019: 11 AM - 12:30 PM

For more information, see Grants Workshops Announcement in Supporting Documents below.

Pre-Application Information:

- Grant Application Opens: September 25, 2019
- NIFC Account Deadline: November 26, 2019
- Grant Application Closes: December 4, 2019
- Grant Approvals: March 2020
- Grant Agreements sent out: April 2020
- Grant Agreements due: August 31, 2020
- Grant Projects Completion: March 15, 2024

Prior to applying, interested applicants will need to request a Project Tracking Number. Applicants must request this information as early as possible during the grant application process. Requests that are made less than one week prior to the due date (after November 26, 2019) may not be considered. Requests that do not include a CAL FIRE assigned tracking number will not be considered.

Upload all documents related to your application to the folder no later than 3:00 PM PST on December 4, 2019.

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

Except in those cases where CAL FIRE authorizes advanced payments, all payments will be made on a reimbursement basis.

Advance payments may be considered for nonprofit organizations, local agencies, special districts (including RCDs), private forest landowners, and Native American Tribes. Advance payments are solely at CAL FIRE’s discretion and eligibility expires January 1, 2024.

Contact Information:

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.

Should you need additional information, you may contact:
- Adriana Negrea at (916) 568-2933
- Deepti Sharma at 916-568-2925

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