CAL FIRE Forest Health Grants

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The Forest Health Program awards funding to landscape-scale land management projects that achieve the following objectives: Restore forest health & resilience to California’s forests. Promote long-term storage of carbon in forest trees & soils. Minimize the loss of forest carbon from high severity wildfires. Further California's climate change mitigation & adaptation goals. 


Through grants to regionally-based partners and collaboratives, CAL FIRE seeks to significantly increase fuels management, fire reintroduction, reforestation, and conservation of forests degraded by overcrowding, drought, pest infestation, and catastrophic fire.

All Forest Health projects must have climate benefits that account for greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from 1) treatment activities, 2) avoided future wildfire and fossil fuel use, and 3) reforestation and/or growth and yield of remaining vegetation. Applicants will be required to submit data to support CAL FIRE's calculations of such benefits. 

The Forest Health Program is part of California Climate Investments (CCI), a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment – particularly in disadvantaged communities. 

Fostering healthy forests calls for a balanced approach using a variety of activities including:

Forest fuels reduction

Prescribed fire

Pest management


Biomass utilization in wood products and energy

Conservation -- Forest Legacy Program

Research -- Forest Health Research Program 

Activities must be applied across large landscapes to achieve regional resilience. Projects that implement a mix of activities with multiple, experienced partners will be given priority.

Projects may include planning, organizational and business capacity-building, and workforce and infrastructure development as components of proposed projects.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

CAL FIRE will enter into grant agreements with local, state, and federal publicagencies; Native American tribes; universities; special districts; industrial and nonindustrial private forest landowners; and non-profit organizations.

Eligible Geographies:

To be eligible for funding under CAL FIRE's Forest Health Grant Program, projects must: focus on large, landscape-scale forestlands composed of one or more landowners, which may cover multiple jurisdictions. Large landscapes usually mean sub-watersheds, firesheds, or larger logical management units. 

Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
Summer 2021
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
4 years

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
$850,000 – $5,000,000
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • State

Funding Source Notes:

California Climate Investments (CCI) is a statewide program that puts Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health & the environment – particularly in disadvantaged communities. As required by AB 1550, at least 35% of these investments are to be located within and benefit residents of disadvantaged communities, low-income communities, & low-income households across California.  

The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Advances & Reimbursement(s)

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


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