$33 Million in Business and Workforce Development Grant Awards Announced! (Link to Awards List)
Up to $8 million is available to Wood Products projects with an additional up to $3 million available for tree nursery operations.
CAL FIRE's Wood Products and Bioenergy team seeks to maintain and enhance the forest-sector workforce and businesses of California to promote healthy resilient forests throughout the state by supporting a diverse set of business development and workforce development projects.
Eligible business development projects include facilities, operations, and professional services that support the restoration of healthy, resilient forests by offering improvements to the wood products industry.
Eligible workforce development projects include universities, colleges, government and community organizations, and businesses that aim to increase workforce capacity in the fields of logging, fuels treatment, transportation, manufacturing, or other support services that bolster the development of a resilient forest sector workforce.
Research and development projects related to both business and workforce development will also be considered.
The Wood Products Team intends to maintain a continuously open solicitation for Business and Workforce Development Grants as funding availability allows.
Detailed information regarding the solicitation, application process, eligible activities and projects can be found under Grantee Resources below and in the in the Grant Guidelines.
The Wood Products and Bioenergy Program seeks to maintain and enhance the wood products infrastructure of California to support healthy resilient forests along with the people and ecosystems that depend on them.
Existing and emerging technologies related to:
- Solid wood and chip product processing and manufacturing
- Bioenergy, including power generation and fuel production
- Forest-related workforce development
Support the creation of a robust and diversified wood products industry to facilitate the economic and sustainable management of California's forests.
CAL FIRE's Wood Products Team held a virtual public workshop on January 26, 2022. The workshop covered the following topics:
- Project Eligibility
- Match Requirements
- Application Scoring
- Application Process and Timeline
- Q & A
- Current Forest Health Program Solicitation
Access the Virtual Workshop.