Fire Prevention Grants Program
STATUS: Fire Prevention Grants FY20-21 Application Cycle Closed on May 19, 2021.
CAL FIRE- Fire Prevention Grant Tutorials
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:
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 PDT on May 19, 2021. Instructions on how to apply through the SharePoint Folder can be found on the top of the page in the Fire Prevention Grant Tutorials section.
Please see page 16 of the Procedural Guide for a list of what a complete Application Package MUST include.
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.
Fire Prevention Grant Applications will be available starting March 10, 2021 and are due no later than May 19, 2021 at 3:00 PM PDT. All information necessary to submit an application are included in Fire Prevention Procedural Guide.
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 infrastructure to maintain continuity of government and other critical services, including, but not limited to fire, police, power, water, sewer, roads, etc.
- Purchase of fuel modification equipment not to exceed $250,000. Equipment is an item exceeding $5,000 or more per unit cost and has a tangible useful life of more than one year. Vehicle purchases are ineligible costs.
- 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 and assistance for low-income residents.
- Removal of dead and dying trees that pose a threat to public health and safety.
- 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.
- To educate the public on wildfire mitigation and risk reduction strategies.
- Activities are subject to CAL FIRE approval.
- 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 plans
- Research to determine standards for structural codes and regulations
- Development of evacuation plans
- Creation or updates to wildfire mitigation plans
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, or Deepti Sharma (916) 531-1083.
Additional Grant Contacts
Northern Region Contact
Southern Region Contact