Fire Prevention Grants Program

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CAL FIRE Announces Availability for Fire Prevention Grants

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.

2017-2018 California Climate Investments Fire Prevention Grant Program


What – California’s 2017-2018 budget allocated up to $195 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

  • Removing dead and dying trees
  • 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
  • Removing ladder fuels to reduce the risk of crown fires
  • Community level fire prevention programs, such as community chipping days, roadside chipping, and green waste bin programs
  • Elective 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

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 -

  • Step 1- Project Application: Due no later than June 6, 2018 at 3:00pm PDT
    The application must be completed in full at the time of submission.  An incomplete application may result in disqualification of the application.
  • Step 2- Grant Selection: July 2018
    Successful Grant Applicants will be notified in this stage.
  • Step 3- Grant Agreement: Due no later than September 28, 2018
    During the Grant Agreement stage, the project applicant will prepare and provide additional administrative detail for the complete agreement package.
  • Step 4- Grant Award: September 28, 2018
    In the Grant Award stage, official signatures are submitted and the grant is awarded.

Instructions to apply for a NIFC/ArcGIS Account and further (*Required*) -

Fire Prevention Grant Applications are now available and are due no later than June 06, 2018 at 3:00 PM PDT. All materials necessary to submit an application are included in the 2017-2018 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:
 
Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Attention: Grants Management Unit/Fire Prevention Grants
P.O. Box 944246
Sacramento, CA 94244-2460


Should you need additional information, you may contact Natalie Burke 
at 916-445-8131 or FPGrants@fire.ca.gov

Past SRA Grant Information

The California Conservation Corps removing hazardous fuels in Butte County.

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