CAL FIRE Grant Programs

CAL FIRE offers several grant opportunities each with its own scope and funding priorities.

current GRANT PROGRAMS

CCI Forest Health

Through the California Climate Investments (CCI) Forest Health Grant Program, CAL FIRE funds projects that proactively restore forest health to reduce greenhouse gases, 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, and further the goals of the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32). The emphasis of the Forest Health Program is to increase the carbon stored in living trees and protect forests, fish and wildlife habitats, native plant species and water. This requires preventing epidemic tree mortality, protecting water quality in upper watersheds, and creating forests consisting of optimally spaced trees that are resilient to disturbances such as wildfire and tree mortality. Forests with these attributes will be able to store carbon for long time periods with a lower risk of loss to wildfire or insects and disease.

STATUS: No longer accepting concept proposals for 2017/2018.

CCI Urban and Community Forestry

Through the California Climate Investments (CCI) Urban & Community Forestry Grant Program, CAL FIRE works to optimize the benefits of trees and related vegetation through multiple-objective projects as specified in the California Urban Forestry Act of 1978 (Public Resources Code 4799.06-4799.12). These projects further the goals of the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32), result in a net greenhouse gas benefit, and provide environmental services and cost-effective solutions to the needs of urban communities and local agencies. Co-benefits of the projects include increased water supply, clean air and water, reduced energy use, flood and storm water management, recreation, urban revitalization, improved public health, and producing useful products such as bio-fuel, clean energy, and high quality wood.

STATUS: No longer accepting concept proposals for 2017/2018.

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.

STATUS: Grant guidelines are being reviewed by the California Air Resources Board and CAL FIRE, and will be made public once approved.

CalIFORNIA FOREST IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM

California Forest Improvement Program (CFIP) program encourages private and public investment in, and improved management of, California forest lands and resources. This focus of CFIP is to ensure adequate high quality timber supplies, related employment and other economic benefits, and the protection, maintenance, and enhancement of a productive and stable forest resource system for the benefit of present and future generations. Cost-share assistance is provided to private and public ownerships containing 20 to 5,000 acres of forest land. Cost-shared activities include management planning, site preparation, tree purchase and planting, timber stand improvement, fish and wildlife habitat improvement, and land conservation practices.

STATUS: Funding applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

LOCAL ASSISTANCE FOR TREE MORTALITY

The 2017-18 Local Assistance for Tree Mortality (LATM) Grant Program was authorized by the Legislature in SB 108 and gives a one-time appropriation of $6 million in grants to local agencies in the 10 high priority counties participating in the Tree Mortality Task Force for the purposes of identifying, removing and disposing of dead and dying trees that pose a threat to public health and safety. The objective of the LATM Grant Program is to increase the pace and scale of tree mortality projects by providing up to 25% reimbursement for eligible costs in high priority counties that are 1) consistent with the requirements for tree mortality projects through the California Disaster Assistance Act, and 2) consistent with the local CAL FIRE Unit Fire Plan.

STATUS: No longer accepting applications for 2017/2018.

Volunteer Fire Assistance

A Federally-funded grant program that allows California to provide local and rural fire departments with minor firefighting, training, communications and safety equipment for their volunteer firefighters.

STATUS: Grant applications must be submitted no later than May 11, 2018.


PAST GRANT PROGRAMS

SRA Fire Prevention Fund - Projects were aimed at reducing the wildfire effects on structures in State Responsibility Areas (SRA).


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