CAL FIRE Wildfire Prevention Grants
Deadline: March 15th, 2023
CAL FIRE’s Wildfire Prevention Grants Program provides funding for wildfire prevention projects and activities in and near fire threatened communities that focus on increasing the protection of people, structures, and communities. Funded activities include hazardous fuels reduction, wildfire prevention planning, and wildfire prevention education with an emphasis on improving public health and safety while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Project Types and Activities – The three qualifying projects and activities include those related to hazardous fuels reduction, wildfire prevention planning, and wildfire prevention education.
CCCU Community Investment Program
Next Round Spring 2023
Our Community Investment Program provides grants to local non-profit organizations twice per year. An employee committee reviews all applications and then makes recommendations to our Board of Directors who approves grant recipients. Grants ranging generally from $3,000 to $25,000 are awarded, up to a total of $100,000 in each round.
Humboldt County Fire Adapted Landscapes & Safe Homes (FLASH)
Deadline: Ongoing through 2024
A cost share program designed to assist property owners with reducing their risk to wildfire by thinning flammable vegetation around their homes and along key access routes. The program focuses on high wildfire hazard areas in Humboldt and will reimburse property owners on a per acre basis. The program includes free consultation on defensible space creation and home retrofiting for wildfire resilience.
California Forest Improvement Program
Deadlines: December 30th, March 1st
The program scope includes the improvement of all forest resources including fish & wildlife habitat, and soil & water quality. Cost-share assistance is provided to private and public ownerships containing 20 to 5,000 acres of forested land. Cost-shared activities include:
- Preparation of a Forest Management Plan by a Registered Professional Forester (RPF)
- RPF Supervision of the following:
- Site Preparation
- Trees and Planting
- Tree Shelters
- Stand Improvement
- Pre-commercial Thinning or Release
- Follow-up (includes mechanical, herbicide and/or slash disposal follow-up)
- Forestland conservation practices / fish and wildlife habitat improvement
Broadcast/controlled/cultural burning is not eligible for CFIP cost share
CDFW Cannabis Restoration Grant Program (CRGP)
Deadlines: Next Round Dec 31st / 4th Round April 30th 2023
“The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is seeking high quality grant proposals for eligible applicants to assist qualified cannabis cultivators and enhance CDFW’s mission to manage California’s diverse fish, wildlife, and plant resources, and the habitats upon which they depend, for their ecological values and for their use and enjoyment by the public.”
Forest Conservation Grant
Grantor: Wildlife Conservation Board
Intent: to advance “…protection, restoration, and improvement of upper watershed lands in the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Mountains, including forest lands, meadows, wetlands, chaparral, and riparian habitat, in order to protect and improve water supply and water quality, improve forest health, reduce wildfire danger, mitigate the effects of wildfires on water quality and supply, increase flood protection, or to protect or restore riparian or aquatic resources”
Project examples include, but are not limited to:
- Meadow restoration
- Forest thinning (hazard fuel reduction)
- Post-fire restoration
- Aspen stand enhancement
Eligible Applicants: Nonprofit, Public Agency, Tribal Government
Matching Funds: not required, but may be beneficial
Funding method: advancements and reimbursements
Contact: Judah Grossman, 1 (916) 926-8829, [email protected]
California Forest Health Grants
Next Round Spring 2023
Program Overview: The Forest Health Program addresses the risk to California’s forests from extreme disturbance events including catastrophic wildfires, drought, and pest mortality. These events are the result of climate change, forest overcrowding, past land management practices, and an increasing number of people living in the wildland and urban interface.
Purpose: The objective of the CAL FIRE Forest Health Program is to conserve forests and improve forest health by significantly increasing fuels reduction, fire reintroduction, treatment of degraded areas and conservation of threatened forests with landscape-scale projects developed and led by regionally-based efforts.
Community Wildfire Defense Grant
Deadline: TBD, perhaps Feb-March 2023
The Community Wildfire Defense Grants are intended to help at-risk local communities and Tribes plan and reduce the risk against wildfire.
The grant prioritizes at-risk communities in an area identified as having high or very high wildfire hazard potential, are low-income, and/or have been impacted by a severe disaster.
The Community Wildfire Defense Grant helps communities in the wildland urban interface (WUI) implement the three goals of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy (Cohesive Strategy):
- Restore and Maintain Landscapes: Landscapes across all jurisdictions are resilient to fire-related disturbances, in accordance with management objectives.
- Create Fire Adapted Communities: Human populations and infrastructure can better withstand a wildfire without loss of life and property.
- Improve Wildfire Response: All jurisdictions participate in making and implementing safe, effective, efficient risk-based wildfire management decisions.
The grants are funded through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
There are two primary project types for which the grant provides funding:
- The development and revision of Community Wildfire Protection Plans.
- The implementation of projects described in a Community Wildfire Protection Plan that is less than ten years old.
California Wildfire Mitigation Program
Program Overview: “As part of the State of California’s initiative to strengthen community-wide resilience against wildfires, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) has partnered with the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) to develop a community home hardening program to retrofit, harden, and create defensible space for homes at high risk to wildfires—with a focus on high social-vulnerability communities and providing financial assistance for low- and moderate- income (LMI) households. The community home hardening concept comes from the latest fire science—the more homes hardened in a community, the lower the risk of wildfire impacts.”
Purpose: “In coordination with state and local partners, the program will establish a community home hardening framework and process that can be modeled statewide. The program will provide the opportunity for California communities to leverage funding opportunities and adapt the program to address local community resilience needs.
This program is currently operating in select demonstration communities with the goal of expanding across the state in 2023.”
Pilot Phase: This program is currently being implenented in the Whitmore area of Shasta County, the Dulzura area of San Diego County, and the Kelseyville-Riviera area of Lake County.