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2021 County Coordinators Grant

Grants to California Counties for
Wildfire Mitigation Coordination and Outreach

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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California Fire Safe Council (CFSC)

Conf. Date:

08/05/21

Deadline Date:

09/15/21 11:59 PM PST

Description:

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Grants to California counties to assist with fire fighting programs. Funding is intended to promote coordination and collaboration among groups working to mitigate wildfires. Eligible use of funds includes improving necessary technology, securing office space, and hiring a designated County Coordinator. Priority will be given to activities conducted in disadvantaged communities.

California Fire Safe Council (CFSC), in partnership with the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) and the Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC), is pleased to announce the 2021 County Coordinators Grant Program to assist counties with wildfire mitigation outreach and coordination. The objective of the County Coordinators Grant is to educate, encourage, and develop county-wide collaboration and coordination among various wildfire mitigation groups operating within counties containing State Responsibility Area (SRA) lands. Counties will receive grants to cover administrative costs relevant to county-wide coordination efforts, including but not limited to the salary, support, and administrative costs for a designated County Coordinator. 

Goals Counties and their Coordinators will work closely with the CA Fire Safe Council’s existing Regional Coordinators to:

  1. Build a census of all active wildfire mitigation groups, contact points, collaboration efforts, and projects.
  2. Analyze gaps in county-wide wildfire resiliency and emergency preparedness and develop recommendations to fill these needs.
  3. Develop mechanisms to improve outreach and coordination efforts, such as group formation, funding plans, governance structures, and state/regional/local planning efforts.
  4. Provide a comprehensive final report summarizing the County Wildfire Outreach and Coordination Plans, key issues, success outcomes and gaps, and recommendations.

Grant suggested uses:

  • Hire/designate a County Coordinator to implement project
  • Office space for County Coordinator
  • Cost of outreach materials
  • Technology/infrastructure needed to communicate, measure, and/or track groups and collaborative efforts
  • Develop county wildfire protection plans (CWPP) or equivalent county-level planning effort
  • Assist in new group formation (i.e. a county-wide Fire Safe Council)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 197084

Number of Grants:

Up to 24 counties will receive a one-time grant.

Estimated Size of Grant:

One-time grants of $175,000.

Term of Contract:

The project start date is October 1st, 2021 and all work is required to be completed by March 31st, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The grant opportunity will give priority to counties with a high percentage of Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones and a higher proportion of disadvantaged and/or low-income communities.

To apply, counties must be the starting point and invested in the scope and goals of the project. However, counties may choose to direct the application process and funds to the non-profit or public agency that they feel are best equipped to execute the project.

For local wildfire mitigation organizations, such as Fire Safe Councils and similar groups, the county must be the starting point to apply for the County Coordinators grant.

Local fire mitigation groups are not eligible to apply unless their county designates them as the primary applicant and provides a letter of support.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Upcoming County Coordinators Grant Technical Webinar:

The California Fire Safe Council will host an additional 2021 County Coordinators Grant Opportunity webinar on Thursday, August 5th, 2021, at 10AM PST. This webinar will cover technical topics related to applying for the grant and using the ZoomGrants software, as well as questions applicants might have after viewing the application.

Click here to register for the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_iEoqml8HQ8y2TTFQZ-eJPg

Registration Link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_iEoqml8HQ8y2TTFQZ-eJPg

Pre-Application Information:

Applications open August 1st, 2021 and the application deadline is September 15, 2021 at 11:59 PM PST. Grants awards will be announced in October 2021.

Only one application per county will be accepted.

Groups are encouraged to communicate closely with their county’s board of supervisors to develop a shared plan and determine who is best suited to execute the County Coordinator’s Project.

General Program Information: https://cafiresafecouncil.org/grants-and-funding/2021-county-coordinators-grant-opportunity/

FAQs: https://cafiresafecouncil.org/grants-and-funding/grants-clearinghouse/frequently-asked-questions/

Technical Webinar- August 5th: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcMF5ZuHnTs&t=35s

Contact Information:

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

To Apply: https://cafiresafecouncil.org/grants-and-funding/apply-for-a-grant/

For more information, contact:
Julia Marsili
(916) 538-1852
jmarsili@cafiresafecouncil.org

Amber Gardner
(916) 256-3337
agardner@cafiresafecouncil.org

California Fire Safe Council
5834 Price Avenue, Suite 101
McClellan, CA 95652
(916) 648-3600

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