Fire Prevention Grants Program

STATUS: Call for applications will open October 17. 2018. Applications due December 19, 2018.

Through the California Climate Investments (CCI) Fire Prevention Grant Program, CAL FIRE aims to reduce the risk of wildland fires to habitable structures and communities, while maximizing carbon sequestration in healthy wildland habitat and minimizing the uncontrolled release of emissions emitted by wildfires.

Roadside Fuels Reduction Project in Yuba County. This is an example of a project that reduces the potential for a large and damaging wildfire which would also reduce hazardous greenhouse gasses due to the wildfires.

2018-2019 California Climate Investments Fire Prevention Grant Program


What – California’s 2018-2019 budget allocated up to $155 million to CAL FIRE’s Forest Health and Fire Prevention Programs. Together, these programs improve resiliency of forested and forest-adjacent communities and upper watershed forests while achieving climate goals.

Why – CAL FIRE’s Fire Prevention Grants Program (FP) provides funding for local projects and activities that address the risk of wildfire and reduce wildfire potential to forested and forest adjacent communities. Funded activities include: hazardous fuel reduction, fire planning, and fire prevention education with an emphasis on improving public health and safety while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Who – Eligible grantees may be State Agencies, Native American Tribes, local government within or adjacent to State Responsibility Area including, fire districts, community services districts, water districts, and special districts, or certified local conservation corps, Fire Safe Councils, or other nonprofit organizations organized under Section 501(c)(3) of the federal Internal Revenue Code. 

Project Types and Activities – The three qualifying projects and activities include those related to hazardous fuel reduction and removal of dead, dying, or diseased trees, fire prevention planning, and fire prevention education. Examples of qualifying projects and activities include, but are not limited to, the following:

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 $100,000.
  • Removal of dead and dying trees that pose a threat to public health and safety and meet the following characteristics:
    • Dead and dying trees must be greater than 10” in diameter and 20 feet in height;
    • Dead and dying trees reasonably accessible by equipment/machinery;
    • Dead and dying trees within 300 feet of permanent structures that pose a structural threat to the residence. (this does not include movable or temporary sheds, outbuildings, or carports).
    • Dead and dying trees within 300 feet of serviceable roadways that pose a structural threat to roadways; or public or private infrastructure.
    • Removal of dead or dying trees from existing fuel breaks; or from Tier 2 high hazard zones.

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 non-qualifying project types and activities

  • Purchase of capital equipment greater than $100,000.
  • Installation, creation, upgrade, or maintenance of fire protection features, such as roads, bridges, structure’s or water storage facilities.
  • Any project submitted by a for profit company or corporation.
  • Projects or activities with indirect costs greater than 12%.
  • Projects or activities utilizing CAL FIRE staff without corresponding reimbursements or requests seeking funding for services already provided by CAL FIRE.
  • Removal of dead and dying trees that do not pose a threat to public health and safety.

How to apply

Stage 1 - Project Application - Due December 19, 2018 at 3:00 PM PST

Step 1 – Request Project Tracking Number: Prior to applying, interested applicants will need to request a Project Tracking Number.

Applicants need to request a Project Tracking Number by emailing one of the following:

Joy.Tucker@fire.ca.gov (Northern Region Contact)
Virginia.Hernandez@fire.ca.gov (Southern Region Contact)
CALFIRE.Grants@fire.ca.gov (Sacramento)

Applicant MUST specify the grant application they are requesting the tracking number.
The request shall include:

  • The name of the grant program (Fire Prevention)
  • The applicant organization name
  • The name of the CAL FIRE Unit the project or activity will be located in
  • The name of the project (if available). 
  • NIFC/Organizational account username (if available). If no NIFC/Organizational account username exists please provide:
    • First Name
    • Last Name
    • Email Address
    • Grant Location in either Southern California or Northern California

Applicants must request this information at the beginning of the grant application process. Requests that are made less than one week prior to the due date (after December 12, 2018) may not be considered.

Step 2 – Electronic Application Submission:

Email a complete Project Application package to CAL FIRE at: calfire.grants@fire.ca.gov by 3:00 PM PST on December 19, 2018.

Step 3 – Submit Hard-Copy Application:

Submit a hard copy of the Project Application package postmarked by December 19, 2018 to:

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Attention: Grants Management Unit – CCI FP Grants
P.O. Box 944246
Sacramento, CA 94244-2460

The hard copy MUST include all application materials submitted with the electronic version. The Project Application MUST contain original signatures in ink (not electronically).

Stage 2 - Grant Selection – April 2019

Successful Grant Applicants will be notified in this stage.

Stage 3 - Completed Grant Agreements - Due August 30, 2019

During the Grant Agreement stage, the project applicant will prepare and provide additional administrative detail for the complete agreement package.

Stage 4 - Grants Awarded – September 2019

In the Grant Award stage, official signatures are submitted and the grant is awarded.

Fire Prevention Grant Applications are now available and are due no later than December 19, 2018 at 3:00 PM PDT. All materials necessary to submit an application are included in the 2018-2019 California Climate Investments Fire Prevention Grant Program’s Procedural Guide. Further clarification of the application process may also be found in the Frequently Asked Questions document below.

Application forms are required to be mailed to:
 
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Attention: Grants Management Unit – CCI FP Grants
P.O. Box 944246
Sacramento, CA 94244-2460

Should you need additional information, you may contact Natalie Burke 
at 916-568-2922 or FPGrants@fire.ca.gov

Past SRA Grant Information

The California Conservation Corps removing hazardous fuels in Butte County.

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