Forest Health Grants Application


California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
California Climate Investments

FOREST HEALTH

Fiscal Years 2020-21 & 2021-22 Funding Opportunity


  • FINAL FILING DEADLINE IS 3 PM on Wednesday, May 19, 2021

  • Incomplete submissions will NOT be accepted.

  • Refer to APPLICATION PROCESSES in the Forest Health Grant Guidelines

    • Step 1Request Project ID from CALFIRE.Grants@fire.ca.gov, as described in Step 1 of the Forest Health Grant Guidelines. You must have completed this step before applying below.

    • Step 2Submit items in folders to CAL FIRE SharePoint content management platform, as described in Step 2 of the Forest Health Grant Guidelines. 
    • Step 3Submit online application, below. 


Online application directions:

    • This application is specific to the Forest Health program (Forest Legacy and Research applicants will need to fill out a different application).
    • The form is designed to save completed fields in the Internet browser’s cache in case the applicant navigates away from the application prior to submission. Content entered into a response field will be saved when the applicant moves to the next question.
    • Despite this safeguard, plan to completely fill out the application in one session to prevent loss of data.
    • It is highly recommended that applicants compile information for the application before filling out the online form. The application can be copied from the browser and pasted into a word processor to prepare the responses in advance.
    • When ready to submit the form, responses can be cut and pasted from the word processor into the online application.
    • An asterisk (*) indicates a required response.
    • Prior to submission, ensure all required (*) fields are filled with data in the appropriate format.
    • If, upon submission, the site does not appear to respond, scroll to the top of the form and review the validation summary for any possible errors.
    • Upon successful submission, a confirmation page will be displayed and the submitter will receive two emails: 1) an email confirming receipt of the application, and 2) an email with the submitted responses.
    • If the confirmation email is not received, contact CALFIRE.Grants@fire.ca.gov.
Project Information
Use the Project ID provided by CALFIRE.Grants@fire.ca.gov. Must be in the format 20-FH-UUU-XXX.
Choose a title that is as concise and descriptive as possible
500 character limit. Include location, action proposed, and targeted benefit.
Enter the county in which the majority of the project is located.
Identify a central point in your project area and enter the latitude and longitude in decimal degrees, using the format (##.####, -###.####).
Please provide the estimated start date for your project.
Review the "Project Readiness" section of the Forest Health Grant Guidelines. Possible end dates include on March 31, 2024; March 31, 2025; or March 31, 2026. Final billing is due 30 days after project completion.
Enter the total amount of funding requested from CAL FIRE's Forest Health Program
Enter the total cost of the project including both CAL FIRE Forest Health and matching funding
Organization Information
Project Manager Information
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Forest Health Treatment Types & Treatment Acreage
Does the proposed project include fuels reduction activities?


Does the project include prescribed fire?


Does the project include pest management activities?


Will the project utilize biomass for fuel or forest products?


Does the project include reforestation activities?


Land Ownership
Scope of Work, Project Timeline & Budget
The scope of work must address the content specified under "Grant Selection Criteria: Scope of Work" in the Forest Health Grant Guidelines. Check here if Scope of Work has been uploaded to CAL FIRE's SharePoint. (MS-Word document limited to 4 pages in 11-point or greater, Arial font.)
Use the Excel workbook provided on the Forest Health Grants web page and referenced in the Forest Health Grant Guidelines, Appendix D. Check here if if all 4 worksheets have been completed and the Excel workbook has been uploaded to CAL FIRE's SharePoint.
Use the Excel workbook provided on the Forest Health Grants web page and referenced in "Grant Selection Criteria - Net GHG Benefit" of the Forest Health Grant Guidelines. Check here if if the GHG Emissions workbook has been completed and the Excel file has been uploaded to CAL FIRE's SharePoint.
The project will practice uneven-aged management with diverse ages, sizes, and species.


The project will be done under an approved timber harvest plan (THP), non-industrial timber management plan (NTMP), or a working forest management plan.


The project area has an existing carbon offset project or other environmental credit project?


Matching Sources of Funding
If applicable, list any sources/grant programs that will serve as matching funds for this project. The source must be funded at time of application submission. Include any active California Climate Investments projects.
Funding Entity/Funding Program
Funding Entity/Funding Program
Priority Landscapes
Use CAL FIRE FRAP's web map viewer to assess whether the project area overlaps a high priority landscape in which specific actions can be taken to reduce risk to a forest asset. (See "Grant Selection Criteria: Priority Landscapes" in the Forest Health Grant Guidelines)

Which high priority landscapes does the project area overlap?

If applicable, list the project treatment areas that remain buffered from the effects of climate change. Describe the source of climate refugia identification and how proposed treatments will enhance refugia characteristics.
Co-benefits
To support CAL FIRE's reporting to CARB on CCI expenditures, briefly list the economic, environmental, and/or public health benefits the project will provide. See "Grant Selection Criteria: Co-Benefits" in the Forest Health Grant Guidelines for examples of co-benefits. (300 character limit.)
Use the "CCI Job Co-benefit Modeling Tool" to determine if jobs were supported by project and CCI funds. Answer Yes or No based on the results. (See "Grant Selection Criteria: Jobs" in the Forest Health Grant Guidelines to access modeling tool.)


Check here if if CARB's Job Co-benefit Modeling Tool has been completed and the Excel file has been uploaded to CAL FIRE's SharePoint.
Disadvantaged and/or Low Income Community Benefit
A portion of CA Climate Investments are to be located within and benefit residents of disadvantaged communities, low-income communities, and low-income households across California. Review "Grant Selection Criteria: Disadvantaged and/or Low-Income Community Benefit" in the Forest Health Grant Guidelines and CAL FIRE's Evaluation Criteria for Providing Benefits to Priority Populations (Forest Health Grant Guidelines - Appendix F). Then, using steps outlined in Appendix F-Table 1: Land Restoration and Forest Health and CalEPA's census tract boundaries, walk through the following steps.

Step 1: Identify Priority Population(s)

The majority of the project must be located within a disadvantaged or low-income community census tract.

Applicants can use a variety of approaches to identify an important community or household need and evaluate whether the project provides a benefit that meaningfully address that need. Identify the approach used.




(500 character limit.)
Evaluate project against the following criteria to determine if it provides direct, meaningful, and assured benefits to priority populations. The benefit provided must directly address the need. identified in Step 2.




Include a qualitative description of any benefits the project provides to priority populations (500 character limit).
Local & State Compatibility

Identify which planning document that this project would support if implemented.

Describe how the project would support these plans in the Scope of Work

If "Other" was selected above, identify the plan(s) this project would support if implemented (500 character limit.)
Provide the contact name, unit identifier, and phone or email. (500 character limit.)
Is the project an identified priority of the regional prioritization groups of the Forest Management Task Force FMTF), Regional Forest and Fire Capacity Program (RFFCP), Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP), and/or other collaborative forest restoration group?


Check here if letters of support have been uploaded to CAL FIRE's SharePoint. If you have identified your project as an FMTF, RFFCP, or CFLRP priority, a letter of support from the leadership of these groups must be included.
Review "Grant Selection Criteria: Collaboration, Community Engagement & Local Support" in the Forest Health Grant Guidelines. As determined using the CARB's Co-benefit Assessment Methodology for Community Engagement, select "High," "Medium," "Low," or "No Engagement."




Collaboration/Partnerships
Provide name, title, and affiliation (300 character limit).
(150 character limit.)
Letters of commitment from primary partner organizations should affirm the role of the partner in the project. Check here if letters of commitment have been uploaded to CAL FIRE Grants SharePoint folder.
Provide name, title, and affiliation (300 character limit).
(150 character limit.)
Provide name, title, and affiliation (300 character limit).
(150 character limit.)
Provide name, title, and affiliation (300 character limit).
(150 character limit.)
Administrative Capacity and Past Forest Management History
Specify the annual operating budget of the applying organization.
The Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) should detail the applicant's ability to complete the project as proposed, identify the resources (staff, partners, contractors) intended to complete the tasks described in the work plan, and explain applicant's expertise or experience completing similar forest management projects. Check here if SOQ has been uploaded to CAL FIRE's SharePoint. (MS-Word or PDF document limited to 1 page in 11-point or greater, Arial font.)
Attestation
Today's date
Submitter verification
Message to submitters

Prior to submission:

Prior to submission, ensure all mandatory fields are filled and all appropriate attachments are selected. If upon submission, the site does not appear to respond, scroll to the top of the form and review the validation summary for any possible errors. Upon successful submission, you will see a confirmation page, and the submitter will receive a confirmation email.