Wildfire Prevention Grants Program

STATUS: Open. Now accepting applications through March 15, 2023, in Grants Portal.

Link to the FY 2022-23 Wildfire Prevention Grants Solicitation in Grants Portal

Press Release 

Wildfire Prevention Grants announces Virtual Office Hours to assist with FY 2022-23 Applications

Time: 10:00am-11:00 am 

January 25th: Application

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February 1st: Scope of Work

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February 8th: Project Mapping Program

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February 15th: Budget

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New for FY 2022-23

  • Maximum allowable funding amount cap of $5 million

 

  • Equipment purchase cap increased from $250,000 to $750,000 cumulative

 

 

  • Online Project Mapping Program changes: eliminated Project Influence Zone (PIZ) polygon requirement for all projects. PDF map(s) are still required to be uploaded in Grants Portal
    • Hazardous Fuels reduction projects will submit a Geopoint and Treatment Influence Zone (TIZ) polygon(s) only
    • Planning and Education projects will submit a Geopoint only


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.


California Climate Investments Wildfire Prevention Grants Program

CAL FIRE’s Wildfire Prevention Grants Program provides funding for wildfire prevention projects and activities in and near fire threatened communities that focus on increasing the protection of people, structures, and communities. Funded activities include hazardous fuels reduction, wildfire prevention planning, and wildfire prevention education with an emphasis on improving public health and safety while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


Project Types and Activities – The three qualifying projects and activities include those related to hazardous fuels reduction, wildfire prevention planning, and wildfire 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 wildfire 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 improve public safety for egress of evacuating residents and ingress of responding emergency personnel
  • Reduction of fuel loading around critical infrastructure to maintain continuity of government and other critical services
  • Purchase of fuel modification equipment not to exceed a cumulative total of $750,000. Equipment is an item of $5,000 or more per unit cost and has a tangible useful life of more than one year
  • 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 (Projects eligible for CCI funds are low-income, disabled, or elderly households per CA requirements)
  • Seasonal and temporary prescribed grazing consistent with increasing the protection of people, structures, and communities
  • 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 or mitigation plans
  • Development and implementation of public education and outreach programs.
  • 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 wildfires, acres burned, and structures lost
  • To educate the public on regarding making homes and communities more wildfire resilient, including defensible space training.
  • Activities are subject to CAL FIRE approval

How to determine if a project is more applicable to the Forest Health or the Wildfire Prevention grant program?

eCivis Grants Portal

eCivis Grants Portal is a fully integrated online grant management system that streamlines the grant application and administration processes for both grantees and CAL FIRE staff. The use of this new system will enhance communication and will provide a comprehensive and improved grant experience from solicitation to closeout.

eCivis Grants Portal Resources

You can learn more about the basic functionality of the Grants Portal by reviewing recordings of our previously held online training sessions below. The same content was covered in both sessions.

Contact Us

Contact the FP Grants team at WPGrants@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, Sina Tate (916) 639-0476, or Shaiyal Kumar (916) 204-0073.

Additional Grant Contacts

CAL FIRE Wildfire Prevention Grants Unit Contact List

Northern Region Contact

CNRgrants@fire.ca.gov

Southern Region Contact

SouthernRegionGrants@fire.ca.gov

Recent Webinars

Wildfire Prevention Grants Applicant Workshop:

Link to the recorded webinar

FY 2022-23 Wildfire Prevention Grants Applicant Workshop PowerPoint Slides

Link to the Workshop Chat Q&A

 

Community Wildfire Preparedness and Mitigation Webinar Series- Featuring Wildfire Prevention Grants:

Link to the Recorded Webinar

 

Public Input Workshop:

The Wildfire Prevention Grants Program hosted a Public Input Wildfire Prevention Grants Workshop on Thursday, September 29, 2022. During the Public Input Workshop, we asked for your ideas on improving our program and identifying additional funding sources. If you would like to watch the recording and complete the survey please click the links below.  

Link to Recorded Webinar

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