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Pacific Southwest Fuels Management Strategic Investments Partnership (Fuels Partnership)

Grants to California Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies,
and IHEs to Prevent Wildfires on Public Lands

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Foundation / Corporation

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

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Deadline Date:

08/27/18 11:59 PM EDT / 8:59 PM PDT


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Grants starting at $50,000 to California nonprofits organizations, government agencies, educational institutions, and businesses to reduce the risk of wildfires in designated public forests in the Pacific Southwest Region. Funding is available for projects that identify and manage risk factors of severe wildfires.

The goal of the Pacific Southwest Fuels Management Strategic Investments Partnership (Fuels Partnership) is to identify and fund fuel management projects that reduce the risk of severe wildfire, protect ecological values of USFS restoration investments, and reduce the risk of damage to public and private improvements near USFS lands.

A century of widespread fire exclusion and changes in forest management have resulted in a buildup of surface fuels and the overstocking of California forests with trees and ladder fuels. The resulting forest health problems are widespread and increasing, affecting wildlife habitat, water quality and quantity and long-term soil productivity. The buildup of flammable vegetation due to past management, drought conditions, and insect and disease-related tree mortality have made managing fire riskier, more complex, and more costly. With climate and vegetation conditions contributing to longer annual fire seasons, agency capacity and resources for fire suppression to protect communities, natural resources and infrastructure are stretched thin.

Properly designed and implemented fuels management treatments can decrease the intensity of future wildland fires and restore a healthier natural fire regime to support biodiverse forest ecosystems. Fuel management work in upper watersheds is used to maintain and protect important meadow and riparian habitats. Fuels management projects are designed to improve overall forest health, improving habitat for important species including Clark’s nutcracker and Northern goshawk. Some projects are designed to encourage maturation of old forest stands, which provide important habitat for Pacific fisher and California spotted owl. Other projects are designed to reintroduce natural fire into forest ecosystems, which has important benefits for fish and wildlife: the unique ecological process of wildfire recycles nutrients back into the soil and creates a post-fire mosaic of successional vegetative habitats that are important for wildlife mating and nesting. Many plants in fire-adapted forests, including the knobcone pine, Bishop pine, and Sargent cypress, have seed cones that require the heat of a fire to open; the seeds of others, including the Giant Sequoia, germinate best on burned or bare mineral soil.

Geographic Focus:

The USFS has identified priority project areas in twelve National Forests within the Pacific Southwest Region: the Tahoe National Forest (NF), Modoc NF, San Bernardino NF, Lassen NF, Stanislaus NF, Klamath NF, Sierra NF, Six Rivers NFF, Angeles NF, Eldorado NF, Shasta-Trinity NF, and Plumas NF. Details on the fuel management needs in each respective forest are included in the appendix of this RFP. Note that the projects identified in the appendix of this RFP include opportunities to implement projects for which all planning and compliance have been completed, as well as opportunities to support planning and compliance work for projects that are still in development. However, NFWF also invite other project ideas that are not necessarily identified in the appendix that may also advance fuels management projects which help reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfire and its impact on natural resources, and previous investments to improve natural resources on or adjacent to NFS lands.

Program Priorities:

All proposals must address how they will implement or support planning for fuels management projects. An applicant may apply for funding to perform work on more than one project, but should submit a separate funding application for each project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181727

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

There is no limit on the number of grants that will be issued.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will be considered in any amount between $50,000 and $500,000.

Term of Contract:

Grants for single projects are typically awarded for projects that can be completed within 36 months from the date of award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible and Ineligible Entities:

-Eligible applicants include nonprofit 501(c) organizations, U.S. Federal government agencies, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes, educational institutions, and businesses.

-Ineligible applicants include unincorporated individuals and international organizations.

Ineligible Uses of Grant Funds:

-NFWF funds and matching contributions may not be used to support political advocacy, fundraising, lobbying, litigation, terrorist activities or Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations.

-NFWF funds may not be used to support ongoing efforts to comply with legal requirements, including permit conditions, mitigation and settlement agreements. However, grant funds may be used to support projects that enhance or improve upon existing baseline compliance efforts.

NFWF will not provide reimbursement for any project expenditures prior to the grant award project period and will not be liable for such expenditures. However, to help the applicant comply with match requirements, successful grant applicants will be authorized to capture match funding specifically related to the project proposal for a period that is no longer than one year prior to the date of submission of the project proposal application to NFWF.

NFWF does not fund political advocacy or litigation of any kind.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The applicant webinar is scheduled for ​June 18, 201, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM PDT.

Pre-Application Information:

Projects that demonstrate strong partnerships and that have matching funds from various partners/donors to support project costs are strongly encouraged.

Certain funds may not be counted as match for this funding opportunity. Eligible sources of match funding include local or state government agencies, Indian tribes, educational institutions, businesses, unincorporated individuals, nonprofit organizations and international organizations. Federal funds are ineligible to count as match.

The ratio of matching contributions offered is considered during the review process, and projects are expected to meet or exceed a 50 percent match ratio to be competitive. The strongest projects will meet or exceed a 1:1 match ratio. Projects not meeting the match expectations will be considered on a limited case-by-case basis.

Eligible match can include non-federal cash or in-kind contributions, such as staff and volunteer time, work performed, materials and services donated, cash or other tangible contributions to the project objectives and outcomes.

-​Applicant Webinar: ​July 18, 2018, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM PDT
​-Full Proposal Due Date: August 27, 11:59 PM EDT / 8:59 PM PDT
​-Review Period: ​July-August, 2017
​-Awards Announced: November, 2018


NFWF website’s “Applicant Information” page:(

A Tip Sheet is available for quick reference while you are working through your application. This document can be downloaded here:

Contact Information:

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

All application materials must be submitted online through National Fish and Wildlife
Foundation’s Easygrants system:

For issues or assistance with the online Easygrants system, please contact:

Easygrants Helpdesk
Voicemail: 202-595-2497
Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm ET, Monday-Friday.
Include: your name, proposal ID #, e-mail address, phone number, program you are applying to, and a description of the issue.​​​​​​​​​

For more information or questions about this RFP, please contact:

Jonathan Birdsong, Western Regional Director

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California