CAL FIRE Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program

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Closed (74 total applications submitted)
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CAL FIRE's Urban & Community Forestry Program (UCF) works to expand and improve the management of trees and related vegetation in communities throughout California. The program advances the development of sustainable urban and community forests to improve the quality of life in urban environments which are where Californians live, work, and play.  The program administers grants throughout California communities to advance urban forestry efforts.



Please see the program's grants web page for further details, grant guidelines, and the online concept proposal form.


Urban Forest Expansion and Improvement

Urban tree planting and planting of urban vegetation to provide multiple benefits, tree and plant establishment care, and planting site preparation. In addition to tree planting, a project may also involve urban tree site improvements to create larger, more functional planting sites for trees and associated vegetation such as bio-swales and acquisition of small, vacant parcels to be improved for purposes consistent with the California Urban Forestry Act.
$150,000 - $1,500,000
75/25 match

Urban Forest Management Activities

For local governments (cities, counties, districts). Improving long-term management of urban forests to improve urban forest performance over time. Projects may involve the establishment or updating of a jurisdiction-wide tree inventory, urban forest mapping and analysis, and/or long-term management plan. May include policy integration and ordinance development. An early action tree planting component is recommended.
$150,000 - $1,500,000
75/25 match

Urban Forestry Education and Workforce Development

Creation, development, and implementation of projects to educate, train, and/or employ individuals with the purpose of preparing them for careers in urban forestry or a closely related discipline. There should be a strong emphasis on educating, training, or employing individuals from disadvantaged communities and/or unemployed individuals. Preference will be given for projects that place program participants in jobs.
$150,000 - $1,500,000
75/25 match

*Note:  match can be waived for projects serving disadvantaged communities and can be met in-kind.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency

If you are unsure if you qualify for this grant, or have any technical questions, please reach out to program staff as listed in the grant guidelines.

Eligible Geographies:


Matching Funding Requirement:

Matching can be in-kind.

Matching can be waived for projects that serve disadvantaged communities.

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.
October 2021
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.

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.
$150,000 – $1,500,000
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
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)

Funding Method Notes:

Please fully read the grant guidelines for details on this program. Advances are limited, details available in the grant guidelines.

How to Apply

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


For questions about this grant, contact:
John Melvin, 1-916-508-2767,