Fire Prevention Grants Program

STATUS: Open. Now accepting applications.


 

Fire Prevention Grants Virtual Workshop:

Friday December 17, 2021 at 10:00-11:30 AM PT

No registration is needed. Please click the Microsoft Team's Link below:

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+1 650-564-3271 United States, San Jose

Phone Conference ID: 536 997 24#

The Board of Forestry to host a webinar for Fire Risk Reduction Communities List

Link to the Board of Forestry Fire Risk Reduction Communities Webpage

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, participation will be limited to online workshops.

The Board will host an informational webinar from 10-11am on Thursday, January 20th to introduce the regulations and application process for the forthcoming Fire Risk Reduction Communities List. Please mark your calendar and stay tuned for a later email containing registration information. 

The Fire Risk Reduction Communities List, as mandated by PRC 4290.1, will be "a list of local agencies located in a state responsibility area or a very high fire hazard severity zone...that meet best practices for local fire planning." The webinar will include an overview of who is eligible for the list, how to apply, and how the list will be maintained and used, as well as opportunity for Q&A. 

No registration is needed. Please click the Microsoft Team's Link below:
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+1 650-564-3271,,571376393#   United States, San Jose
Phone Conference ID: 571 376 393#


Roadside Fuels Reduction Project in Yuba County.

This is an example of a project that reduces the potential for large and damaging wildfires. This would also reduce the potential for hazardous greenhouse gasses released by wildfires.

How to Apply

How to apply – All instructions regarding the application steps below can be found in the Procedural Guide.

 

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:

CNRgrants@fire.ca.gov  (Northern Region Contact)

SouthernRegionGrants@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 applicant organization name
  • The name of the CAL FIRE Unit where the project or activity will be located.
  • The name of the project (if available)
  • Email address of the individuals that will need access to the CAL FIRE SharePoint Folder to submit the application

 

The CAL FIRE email reply will include the assigned Project tracking number as well as links to the SharePoint folder and the Project Mapping Program.

 

It is highly recommended that applicants request this information at least one week prior to the due date to allow for a timely response to your request.

 

Step 2 – SharePoint Application Submission: Upload a complete Project Application package to the CAL FIRE SharePoint Folder by 3:00 PM PT on February 9, 2022. Instructions on how to apply through the SharePoint Folder can be found on the top of the page in the Fire Prevention Grants Tutorials section.

Please see the Procedural Guide for a list of REQUIRED documents for the application package.

 

Step 3 – Draw and submit a Geo Point and Polygons in the Project Mapping Program: Instructions on how to draw and submit a Geo Point and Polygons in the Project Mapping Program can also be found on the top of the page in the Fire Prevention Grant Tutorials section.

 

Link to submit a Geo Point and Polygons in the Project Mapping Program

 

Fire Prevention Grants Applications will be available starting December 8, 2021 and are due no later than February 9, 2022 at 3:00 PM PT. All information necessary to submit an application are included in Fire Prevention Procedural Guide.


California Climate Investments Fire Prevention Grants Program

CAL FIRE’s Fire Prevention Grants Program provides funding for fire prevention projects and activities in and near fire threatened communities that focus on increasing the protection of people, structures, and communities. Funded activities include hazardous fuels reduction, wildfire prevention planning, and wildfire prevention education with an emphasis on improving public health and safety while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


Project Types and Activities – The three qualifying projects and activities include those related to hazardous fuels reduction, wildfire prevention planning, and wildfire prevention education. Examples of qualifying projects and activities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • 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 improve public safety for egress of evacuating residents and ingress of responding emergency personnel
  • Reduction of fuel loading around critical infrastructure to maintain continuity of government and other critical services, including, but not limited to fire, police, water, sewer, roads, etc.
  • Purchase of fuel modification equipment not to exceed $250,000. Equipment is an item of $5,000 or more per unit cost and has a tangible useful life of more than one year
  • Supplies include items under $5,000 per unit cost. Chainsaws are an example of a supply item and are not considered equipment
  • Projects to improve compliance with defensible space requirements as required by Public Resources Code Section 4291 through increased inspections, assessment, and assistance
  • Projects to reduce the flammability of structures and communities to prevent their ignition
  • Wildfire risk or related mapping
  • Creation or update of strategic wildfire planning documents, such as:
    • Evacuation plans
    • Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP)
    • Local Hazard Mitigation Plans
    • Safety Elements
    • Wildfire prevention or mitigation plans
  • Development and implementation of public education and outreach programs. Programs may include technical assistance, workforce recruitment and training, and equipment purchases
  • 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 wildfires, acres burned, and structures lost
  • To educate the public on wildfire mitigation and risk reduction strategies
  • Activities are subject to CAL FIRE approval

Contact Us

Contact the FP Grants team at FPGrants@fire.ca.gov. The email box is monitored by multiple staff and will provide you with the quickest response. You can also call  Diane Carpenter (916) 224-8442, Adriana Negrea (916) 462-0055, Deepti Sharma (916) 531-1083, or Shaiyal Kumar (916) 204-0073.

Additional Grant Contacts

CAL FIRE Fire Prevention Grants Unit Contact List

Northern Region Contact

CNRgrants@fire.ca.gov

Southern Region Contact

SouthernRegionGrants@fire.ca.gov

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