Fire Prevention Grants

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CAL FIRE’s Fire Prevention Grants Program provides funding for local projects and activities that address the risk of wildfire, reduce wildfire potential, and increase community resiliency. Funded activities include hazardous fuel reduction, fire prevention planning, and fire prevention education with an emphasis on improving public health and safety while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

California’s Strategic Fire Plan serves as a roadmap for project development. The criteria that will be used to select projects include: wildfire threat; carbon storage potential; and landscapes where projects will have the greatest benefits, such as areas with elevated levels of tree mortality and increased wildfire threat.

Projects are evaluated based on the overall benefit to reduce the threat of wildfires to the greatest number of habitable structures, State Responsibility Area (SRA), and people. Projects are selected on a competitive basis and consecutive awards are not guaranteed. Projects shall be designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions during project activities and over time through wildfire reduction. To be most effective, multiple funding sources should be leveraged from each of the partners involved in projects, and priority will be given to projects that contain matching funds and leverage other financial resources.

Qualifying Project Types and Activities

The Fire Prevention Grants Program funds three types of activities: hazardous fuel reduction, fire prevention planning, and fire prevention education. Examples of qualifying projects and activities are listed below.

Hazardous Fuel Reduction

Fire Prevention Education

Fire Prevention Planning

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government


Applicants may not be one of the following:

·A privately held for-profit company or corporation.

·Individual landowners requesting a grant specifically for a project to be completed on only his/her own land.

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.
September 2021
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
March 15, 2025

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.
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.
  • Other

Funding Source Notes:

The Program has been funded in the past with Cap-and-Trade auction proceeds appropriated by the California Legislature to agencies that administer California Climate Investments (CCI).

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.


For questions about this grant, contact:
Diane Carpenter, 1-916-224-8442,