Wildfire Resilience and Forestry Assistance Grants

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This grant guideline includes information for the use of funds administered by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) for the purpose of developing grant funded projects that, in part, address the needs of the Governor’s Forest Management Task Force’s Wildfire and Forest Resilience Action Plan items 1.10, 1.11, 1.13 and 1.14 as well as other objectives of the California Forest Improvement Program and Act.



The purpose of the grant solicitation is to meet Wildfire and Forest Resilience Task Force Action Plan goals through allowing a prospective grantee the ability to provide a program of financial and technical forestry assistance to nonindustrial forest landowners, where the grantee, as the supervising entity, receives the grant from CAL FIRE and provides outreach and/or technical/financial assistance to landowners in order to conduct forest restoration or management activities on their property.

The grantee will be responsible for payments of financial assistance to landowners.

Projects should seek to:

1. Make funding available through agreements with landowners to pay for specific, noncommercial ecological forest improvement and wildfire resilience practices.

2. Provide technical assistance to promote information sharing and education on the full range of effective forest management practices and opportunities as well as forest management education and management planning.

The following includes but is not limited to eligible practices that project applicants shall provide to nonindustrial forest landowners under this funding:

Projects Addressing Action Item 1.10 • Eligible practices are limited to implementing a Forest Stewardship Education Program that includes workshops for forest landowners to develop management plans and implement stewardship projects.

Projects Addressing Action Item 1.11, 1.13 and 1.14 • Forest Management Planning - Forest Management Plans must be prepared by a Registered Professional Forester (RPF). The RPF may be either an in-house employee or a consultant. New Management Plans shall be written using either one of the approved CFIP templates or a plan acceptable to the NRCS EQIP program. • Technical Assistance - Eligible practices are limited to providing in-person or on-site consultation with forestland owners to help them address their land management needs with the goals of developing a forest management plan for the landownership or providing updated information to landowners that are already in possession of a forest management plan.  • RPF Supervision • Site Preparation  • Tree Planting  • Tree Protection - This practice includes the cost and installation of tree protectors such as VEXAR® tubes, shade cards, or other animal damage barriers. • Timber Stand Improvement  • Pruning  • Follow-up - i

The following practices will not be funded by this grant program: • Minor road upgrading such as road rocking or installing rolling dips unless needed to protect an existing or replacement structure or where needed to prevent erosion to a watercourse. If there is no hydrologic connectivity, minor road upgrading will normally not be eligible. • Construction of new roads or bridges. • Fencing to protect stands from livestock. • Planting of Christmas trees and greenery. • Costs of land, water, irrigation, or purchase of tools or equipment. • Projects designed solely for the production of fuelwood.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Other Legal Entity
  • Public Agency

Applicants submitting projects addressing action items 1.11, 1.13 and 1.14 are limited to Resource Conservation Districts (RCD’s) and special districts capable of acting as lead agency for CEQA projects. These applicants must demonstrate they have the capacity to deliver a forestry based technical and financial assistance program to non-industrial forest landowners. Applicants submitting projects addressing action items 1.10 are limited counties, resource conservation districts, special districts, and 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations.

Eligible Geographies:

No specific geographic areas. All forested areas in CA are eligible where they are owned by a nonindustrial forestland owner. Publicly owned lands are not eligible. 

Matching Funding Requirement:

Cost share is the portion of the project cost not funded by the awarding agency (CAL FIRE) and is provided by the applicant and/or other sources (e.g., nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and/or other entities). Cost share must support the proposed project and be spent during the term of the awarded grant. Cost share is not required as discussed on page 4, item 1.13, but is a scorable item.  


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.
April 1, 2024
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
December 31, 2027.

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.
4 – 9
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.
$500,000 – $3,000,000
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
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:

Grant agreements

How to Apply

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


For questions about this grant, contact:
Stewart McMorrow, 1-530-379-5085, stewart.mcmorrow@fire.ca.gov