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
- 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.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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