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California Climate Investments (CCI) Forest Health Grant Program

Grants to California Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, Native American Tribes,
and Private Forest Landowners for Forest Conservation Programs

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California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)

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12/06/19 3:00 PM


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Grants to California nonprofit organizations, agencies, IHEs, special districts, Native American tribes, and private forest landowners for programs that promote healthy forests. Applicants must request a user ID and a link to the application portal prior to applying. Funding is intended to preserve watersheds, protect forests, and mitigate carbon loss due to wildfires. Preference will be given to projects that have environmental compliance completed before the project application is submitted. Funding is available for Forest Health, Forest Legacy, and Forest Health Research programs.

Projects should focus on large, landscape-scale forestlands composed of one or more landowners, which may cover multiple jurisdictions. Large landscapes will usually include watersheds, firesheds, or larger logical management units. The total project area should be no less than 800 to 1,000 acres in size; landscape units do not have to be contiguous. 

Projects should seek to:

  • Proactively restore forest health and conserve working forests.
  • Protect upper watersheds where the state's water supply originates.
  • Promote the long-term storage of carbon in forest trees and soils.
  • Minimize the loss of forest carbon from large, intense wildfires.
  • Further the goals of the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32).

Project activities funded by CAL FIRE's Forest Health Grant Program may include:

  • Forest fuels reduction
  • Prescribed fire
  • Pest management
  • Reforestation
  • Biomass utilization
  • Conservation easements and/or land acquisition through the Forest Legacy Program 
  • Research as a component, or stand-alone through the Forest Research Program

For additional information about eligible activities, see:

To be eligible for funding under CAL FIRE's Forest Health Grant Program, projects must:

  • Focus on large, landscape-scale forestlands composed of one or more landowners, which may cover multiple jurisdictions. Large landscapes usually mean sub-watersheds, firesheds, or larger logical management units.
  • Maintain a net reduction of established greenhouse gas emissions levels as calculated by the California Air Resources Board's methodology and testing.
  • Be designed to ensure that their benefits are as permanent as possible.

Eligible costs include salaries and wages, benefits, contractual costs, travel, supplies, equipment, other costs directly related to the grant project, and indirect costs. Administrative costs are limited to 12% of the total grant award (excluding equipment costs). For additional information about eligible costs, see:

The purpose of the Forest Legacy Program is to protect environmentally important forest land threatened with conversion to non-forest uses. Protection of California’s forests through this program ensures they continue to provide such benefits as sustainable timber production, wildlife habitat, recreation opportunities, watershed protection and open space. For additional information about this program, see:

Research Program funding will be allocated to four project types: General, State Forests, Graduate Student, and Synthesis and Tool Development. For additional information about the Forest Health Research Program, see:

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GrantWatch ID#: 187157

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The minimum grant amount requested for management activity projects should be no less than $750,000, with a maximum allowable request of $5 million.

In Fiscal Year 2019/2020, up to $45 million will be awarded to eligible applicants through CAL FIRE’s Forest Health Program, with an additional $7 million for Forest Legacy projects and up to $2 million for Forest Health Research projects.

For information about Research Program allocations, see page 42 of the Guidelines in Supporting Documents, below.

Term of Contract:

Eligible projects must be able to complete grant-related work by March 31, 2024.

Applicants must agree to complete all needed environmental compliance work within one year of award and must demonstrate progress toward completing the work within six months of award.

Due to the constraints associated specifically with Research Program funds, grants that exceed two years in length will need to be funded through multiple grant agreements. Therefore, applicants proposing projects that will include work to be completed after March 31, 2022 should develop projects in 2 distinct phases, as described on page 43 of the Guidelines in Supporting Documents, below.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

CAL FIRE will grant to local, state, and federal agencies including federal land management agencies; universities; special districts; Native American tribes; private forest landowners; and non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations (e.g., fire safe councils, land trusts).

Applicants should work cooperatively with local partners to implement projects in a coordinated and expedited manner. Collaboration and support is demonstrated by private and public involvement in the planning, funding, and implementation of the project. Collaboration should leverage resources to achieve an outcome that is larger than the sum of the individual projects that may have been undertaken by each partnering organization independently. Applicants should take care to clearly indicate what work will be completed with funds from this solicitation.

For eligibility information related to the Forest Legacy Program, see:

The following are ineligible for reimbursement under the grant:
1. Costs incurred before or after the Project Performance Period.
2. Cost of preparing the Project Application or other grant proposals.
3. Late fees, penalties and bank fees.
4. Any activity that would lead to the project not achieving a GHG reduction.
5. Any practice or activity that, in CAL FIRE’s judgment, is not a best management practice or that is, or could be, harmful to the forested landscape.
6. Any indirect costs based on percentage of equipment costs

Pre-proposal Conference:

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

Sonora -- Tuolumne Fire Dept.
Thursday, October, 17, 2019
9:30 - 11:00 AM (Topic: Forest Health)
11 AM - 12:30 PM (Topic: Fire Prevention)
18440 Striker Court Fire Prevention

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals are due by 3:00 PM, December 6, 2019.

Applicants to the Forest Health Program, including Forest Legacy and Research Program applicants, must follow the following three-step application process: 1) requesting a Project ID and access to CAL FIRE’s content management platform; 2) submitting all required supporting documents and data via the platform; 3) submitting an online application form.

Applicants should request Project ID and link to platform at the beginning of the grant application process. Requests that are made less than one week prior to the due date may not be considered.

CAL FIRE will begin to review all awarded projects in January 2021 and may reallocate awarded funds to a different grantee by July 2021 if environmental compliance is not complete or reasonable progress cannot be demonstrated.

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

To request a project tracking ID and be assigned access to CAL FIRE Grants', send an email to:

Forest Legacy Grant online application:

Forest Health Grant online application:

Forest Health Research Grant online application:

Direct questions about the Forest Health Grant Program to:
Kristen Merrill, Program Specialist
(916) 651-2022

Forest Legacy Contacts:
Stewart McMorrow, Forest Legacy Program Director
(530) 226-8940

Brook Darley, FLP Coordinator
(530) 224-1420 (office)
(916) 704-6074 (cell)

Forest Health Research Program Contacts:
Tadashi Moody, Forest Health Research Program Coordinator
(916) 445-5342

Chris Keithley, Chief, Fire and Resource Assessment Program
(916) 445-5344

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