Fire Prevention Grants Program


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CAL FIRE-CCI Grant Workshop Webinar

Recorded webinar or view PowerPoint presentation on Fire Prevention’s Grant Program 

CAL FIRE Announces Forest Health and Fire Prevention Grants 

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CAL FIRE Fire Prevention and Forest Health Grants Workshops times and locations

Statewide Map of the 2019 Grant Workshops

 

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.


2019-2020 California Climate Investments Fire Prevention Grant Program

What – California’s 2019-2020 budget allocated up to $49.7 million to CAL FIRE’s Fire Prevention Program to improve the 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.

How to apply -

Step 1- Project Application: Due no later than December 04, 2019 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: March 2020
Successful Grant Applicants will be notified in this stage.

Step 3- Grant Agreement: Due no later than August 31, 2020
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 2020
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 04, 2019 at 3:00 PM PDT. All materials necessary to submit an application are included in the 2019-2020 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.


California Climate Investments Fire Prevention Grant Program

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.


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:

  •     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.
  •     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.
  •     Wildfire risk or related mapping.
  •     Creation of Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP).
  •     Development of evacuation plans.
  •     Creation or updates to wildfire mitigation plans.

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