Urban and Community Forestry Grant Form

2021/2022 CAL FIRE URBAN AND COMMUNITY FORESTRY GRANTS - CONCEPT PROPOSAL FORM
Fill out all applicable parts of this form completely. There are 3 separate grant types in the CAL FIRE Urban and Community Forestry Grants (SEE GRANT GUIDELINES). You will need to complete a separate form for each project you are applying for, regardless of grant type. Each applying organization is limited to 3 total Urban and Community Forestry applications. Be sure you fill out the relevant section for the grant type you are applying for. You will need to complete the Concept Proposal in one session. For this reason it is suggested that you print a copy of the form and use it to create a word processing document so that you can cut and paste your answers into each applicable field in the form. Press SUBMIT when you have completed the form. If it does not work, look for the red highlighted boxes - they must be completed. Once successfully submitted, you will receive a confirmation email.

Please Read This Carefully

All applicants must answer questions with red stars. Other questions are optional, or do not apply to all types.

Submitter verification
This is the email address that will be used for ALL correspondence about this application. It should be an account that gets checked regularly and is assigned to somebody familiar with the application.
Section 1: General Project Information
The name you wish us to reference your project by. This will also be what is reported in public information.
The amount of money you are asking for. This should match what you total in the budget below.
Can be $0.00 if project will serve disadvantaged communities (DACs) per Air Resources Board (ARB) guidance. This should match what you total in the budget below.
The sum of the grant request amount and the matching funding amount ($). This should match what you total in the budget below.
Please provide the estimated start date for your project that is after October of 2021.
Please provide the estimated completion date for your project. Note: all grant agreements will expire on the same date: March 30, 2025.
Please describe your source of technical expertise if you selected the "other" option above. 250 character limit.
Section 2: Organization Information
The name of the applying organization.
If needed (if you selected the "other" organization type above.
Section 3: Project Manager Information
Section 4: Partnership Information
Only list organizations that you have already agreed to partner with, and that are committed to the project. Verification will be required later. 500 character limit.
Section 5: Location Information
List the County or counties your project will do work in. 250 character limit.
List all cities that your project will do work in. 250 character limit.
Section 6: Priority Population Investments (AB 1550 Disadvantaged and Low Income Communities - see Grant Guidelines for descriptions)
Will the project area be classified as a CalEnviroScreen 3.0 Disadvantaged or Low Income community? For verification, go to: https://ww3.arb.ca.gov/cc/capandtrade/auctionproceeds/communityinvestments.htm and look at the Priority Populations map. You may select more than one.
If known at this time, list the 10-digit census tract numbers (Ex: 6115040800) for your project area(s) per ARB's AB 1550 Communities Map. 1,000 character limit.
Section 7A: Greenhouse Gas Benefit - Methodology and Tracking
This information is required if the project is claiming to reduce greenhouse gases. Refer to the ARB Quantification Methodology (QM) and the User Guide within the QM for CAL FIRE Urban Forestry Projects at the link to the right. This is the only accepted method to determine the estimates required below. It includes references to tools that may be used to estimate GHG reductions. If not reducing greenhouse gases as a project benefit, enter a "0" in the boxes below.

For Guidance:

https://ww2.arb.ca.gov/resources/documents/cci-quantification-benefits-and-reporting-materials

By your project, in metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e).
By your project in metric tonnes of CO2e.
The amount of emissions your project will generate in metric tonnes of CO2e.
The net GHG reduction benefit of your project in metric tonnes of CO2e. This will be the estimated carbon stored plus the estimated avoided emissions, then subtract the estimated project emissions.
Describe the assumptions you made about tree species and planting locations when quantifying the GHG benefit of the project. Explain why you made those assumptions. 1000 character limit. If not reducing GHG emissions, enter "Not Applicable".
Explain how you intend to track and report GHG benefits throughout the project. 1000 character limit. If not reducing GHG emissions, enter "Not Applicable".
Section 7B: Co-Benefits
Mark all boxes that apply. All marked boxes must be described below, and should be quantified to the degree possible. Marking "other co-benefits" will require additional explanation below.
Describe all co-benefits and quantify them whenever possible. Describe how the project will achieve the co-benefits. Be sure to detail any "other co-benefits" if the box was checked. 1,500 character limit.
Section 8: Tree Planting Info. (must complete for Urban Forest Expansion and Improvement). If a Management Activities or an Urban Forest Education and Workforce Development grant, you may enter 0, though a planting effort is recommended.
The number of trees to be planted with CAL FIRE funding.
The total number of trees to be planted by the project, regardless of funding source.
Enter the number of trees to be planted by species and stock size. Separate the listings with a comma. Ex.: 25 #15 Quercus agrifolia, 20 #15 Lophostemon confertus. The total should equal the "Total Project Trees" above. 750 character limit.
Section 9: Organizational Management Activities Background Information (must be completed if applying for a Management Activities Grant).
Mark all of the items that your organization already has. You must also fill in the last year updated boxes below for each one marked.
Year the tree ordinance of the jurisdiction was last updated.
Year the general plan element was last revised.
Year the tree inventory was last updated (if applicable).
Year the UFMP was last updated.
Section 9: Management Activities To Be Funded (must be completed if applying for a Management Activities Grant)
Check the boxes that you are asking for funding for.
If you checked the "other" box above, please explain what is to be funded (500 character limit):
Check all that apply.
Section 10: Urban Forest Education and Workforce Development (must be filled out if applying for this grant type).
Please enter the number of jobs that you will create with this project.
The number of people who will be trained by the project.
Please list and describe any certifications, qualifications, credentials, etc. that people trained or employed by the program will obtain. Limited to 500 characters.
Describe how the project will prepare participants for careers in urban forestry or a closely related field. Limited to 1500 characters.
Section 11: Project Narrative
What problem, situation or condition will be addressed by this project? Was this identified by the community that will be served? Describe the community and how the project will benefit it. 1,500 character limit.
What are the objectives of the project proposed? Explain how the objectives meet the requirements and desirable attributes referred to in the grant guidelines for projects of this grant type. 1,500 character limit.
How will the project achieve the objectives stated above? What kinds of preparations will need to be made? How will work be carried out? Who will be involved in the work? What kind of follow up will be needed? What is the nature of participation by the community? By partnering organizations? 1,500 character limit.
Describe any prior work of this type done by the applying organization. What were the results? What has been learned? 750 character limit.
Section 12: Project Budget (Each question is a line item in the budget - more detail will be required later in the granting process).
This includes salaries/wages and benefits in $.
This includes any funding for sub-contractors or sub-grantees in $.
Include any funding for travel (transportation, lodging, per diem, etc.).
This includes items needed in direct support of the project (tools, materials, etc.) in $.
Needed items over $5,000 in value with a tangible useful life of over 1 year (in $).
Costs associated with outreach for the project or for educational materials associated with the project (not to exceed 20% of budget) in $.
Any costs not described above and directly associated with the project (in $). Must be described in the "budget explanation". If requesting post grant maintenance funding, those costs should be included in this answer.
Add the costs listed to this point. These are the direct costs of the project in $.
Add the direct costs sub-total and the indirect costs line item.
For each line item, enter the name of the funding organization, source of the funding, the amount in dollars and cents (Ex.: $10,000.00), and if the funding has already been awarded or not.

Applicant Matching Commitment

Only enter funding from other organizations that will be used for this project.

Enter funding organization, funding source, funding amount (Ex.: $10,000.00) and if the funding is: A) awarded, B) applied for, or C) In-kind. 250 character limit.
Enter funding organization, funding source, funding amount (Ex.: $10,000.00) and if the funding is: A) awarded, B) applied for, or C) In-kind. 250 character limit.
Enter funding organization, funding source, funding amount (Ex.: $10,000.00) and if the funding is: A) awarded, B) applied for, or C) In-kind. 250 character limit.
Enter funding organization, funding source, funding amount (Ex.: $10,000.00) and if the funding is: A) awarded, B) applied for, or C) In-kind. 250 character limit.
Add the matching sources provided to get the total in $. Can be $0.00 if there is no matching.
Add the CAL FIRE Request Amount to the Total Matching to get the Total Project Cost.
Divide the Total Matching by the Total Project Cost and multiply by 100. This is the Matching %.
Section 13: Explanation of Budget
Describe how the funding request amounts were derived for the line items in the budget above. 1,500 character limit.
If applicable, describe what work each matching source will pay for and how it will compliment the requested funding. 1,000 character limit.
Section 14: Attestation
The name for the attestation should be the project manager listed above.
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