California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
12/06/19 3:00 PM
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:
Project activities funded by CAL FIRE's Forest Health Grant Program may include:
For additional information about eligible activities, see: https://www.fire.ca.gov/media/9733/cci_fh_grant_guidelines_2019-20_final.pdf#page=6
To be eligible for funding under CAL FIRE's Forest Health Grant Program, projects must:
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: https://www.fire.ca.gov/media/9733/cci_fh_grant_guidelines_2019-20_final.pdf#page=24
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: https://www.fire.ca.gov/media/9733/cci_fh_grant_guidelines_2019-20_final.pdf#page=30
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: https://www.fire.ca.gov/media/9733/cci_fh_grant_guidelines_2019-20_final.pdf#page#page=41
GrantWatch ID#: 187157
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.
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.
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' Box.com, send an email to: CALFIRE.Grants@fire.ca.gov
Forest Legacy Grant online application: https://www.fire.ca.gov/grants/forest-legacy/forest-legacy-grant-application
Forest Health Grant online application: https://www.fire.ca.gov/grants/forest-health-grants/forest-health-grant-application
Forest Health Research Grant online application: https://www.fire.ca.gov/grants/forest-research-grant-application
Direct questions about the Forest Health Grant Program to:
Kristen Merrill, Program Specialist
Forest Legacy Contacts:
Stewart McMorrow, Forest Legacy Program Director
Brook Darley, FLP Coordinator
(530) 224-1420 (office)
(916) 704-6074 (cell)
Forest Health Research Program Contacts:
Tadashi Moody, Forest Health Research Program Coordinator
Chris Keithley, Chief, Fire and Resource Assessment Program
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