2017 Grant Program

California Fire Safe Council (CFSC) is pleased to announce 21 projects have been preliminarily  selected for funding for the 2017 Grants Clearinghouse State Fire Assistance (SFA)Program.

CFSC will provide  $2.1 million in federal grant funds to support wildfire risk reduction activities in at-risk communities in 15 counties across California. View the full 2017 Grant Report here

The selected projects help California communities respond to the growing concern over catastrophic wildfire and exemplify efforts to create fire adapted communities. Through subgrants from CFSC, these projects provide support to implement fuel reduction projects such as community chipper programs, fuel breaks, and roadside and defensible space projects. These projects will also utilize educational tools to spread the Fire Safe message and engage community members.

Funding for the 2017 Grants Clearinghouse is provided through master grants to CFSC by the Cooperative Fire Program of the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Department of Agriculture, Pacific Southwest Region. These State Fire Assistance (SFA) grants provide $2,100,000 for subgrants to support:

 Hazardous fuels reduction and maintenance projects on non-federal land

 Community Wildfire Protection Plans and other plans or assessments

 Prevention and mitigation education and outreach opportunities.

In addition to the federal funds, the projects will utilize over $2.9 million in matching funds, both in-kind and cash contributions. This generous support demonstrates the value of collaboration and partnerships among agencies and organizations to create Fire Adapted Communities.

Congratulations to the Fire Safe Councils, resource conservation districts, fire protection agencies, and other organizations whose projects were selected for funding! Special thanks to USFS for supporting these vital projects!




California Fire Safe Council (CFSC) will begin accepting applications for its competitive application process for 2017 wildfire prevention grants on April 3, 2017.  The application deadline is May 12, 2017 at 5 p.m. PT. 

Ready to apply? Login to ZoomGrants can be found here

Funding is provided through a master grant to CFSC by the U.S. Forest Service to administer the Grants Clearinghouse program, with CFSC issuing subawards to successful applicants for the following areas of wildfire prevention:

  • Hazardous fuels reduction and maintenance projects on non-federal land
  • Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP) and other planning or assessment documents
  • Prevention and mitigation education and outreach opportunities for landowners and residents in at-risk communities

Funding, Cost Share Requirement and Duration

CFSC has approximately $2 million available for 2017 wildfire prevention projects. Grant amounts cannot exceed $200,000 per application. There is a dollar for dollar or 50% cost share/match, which means the federal funding can account for up to 50% of the project’s cost.  The remaining 50% must come from non-federal sources and can include cash and/or third-party in-kind. The maximum grant award is $200,000 and the duration is 24 months. Grant funds cannot be expended after the termination date listed in the Subaward Agreement.

2017 Grant Cycle Timeline

April 3, 2017 Grant Clearinghouse opens for online applications & Request for Applications (RFA) available on CFSC website
April 3-14, 2017 Grant Application Training scheduled at various locations


May 12, 2017

5:00 p.m.  PT

Deadline to submit grant applications (Supporting documentation, such as Letters of Commitment, must be uploaded to ZoomGrants. No mailed, emailed or faxed documentation will be accepted.

Grant Program Guidance

  1. 2017 Grant Application Handbook Click Here
  2. 2017 Request for Applications (RFA) Click Here
  3. 2017 Planning Tool Click Here
  4. 2017 Grant Application Powerpoint (pdf) Click Here
  5. Webinar of Grant Application Training from 4/19/17 (1 hour) Click Here
  6. Contact a Grant Specialist in your region http://www.cafiresafecouncil.org/contact-a-grant-specialist/

Grant Application Trainings

Register for CFSC’s 2017 Grant Application Training to gain a better understanding of the grant application process including about the new ZoomGrants system, federal grant regulations/requirements, grant program information and submitting a competitive grant application. It is strongly recommended that all applicants, new and returning, attend one of the workshops. In addition to the vital training, attendees have an opportunity to network with other applicants and share ideas, tips and successes.

Each organization will receive one copy of the comprehensive Grant Application Training Handbook with slides, notes and additional resources.

The trainings are from 10:00 a.m. through 1:00 p.m. Lunch and refreshments will be served at all trainings. Registration is required by March 27, 2017  to reserve your spot and lunch.

Register here 

  • April 4, 2017 El Dorado Hills Fire Department 1050 Wilson Boulevard, El Dorado Hills, CA  95762
  • April 11, 2017 Shasta-Trinity National Forest Office, Redding, CA
  • April 12, 2017 Chino Basin Water Conservation District 4594 San Bernardino St, Montclair, CA 91763
  • April 19, 2017 Webinar 2:00 p.m. – 4:00p.m.

How to Apply

Setting up an account with the Grants Clearinghouse is easy!

Simply click on the 2017 Grant Programs link  to create a free account and complete the fields in the “New ZoomGrants Account” box on the right hand side of the screen.


Important Notices

This grant program and publication are funded in full by the U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region under the terms of Grants No. 16-DG-11052012-141. The opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Forest Service.

California Fire Safe Council (CFSC) is committed to making its materials and programs accessible to all customers and employees. If you experience any difficulty accessing information provided by CFSC, please contact us at info@cafiresafecouncil.org or (866) 372-2543. We will do our best to assist you. This may include providing the information to you in an alternate format.

In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, CFSC is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs. CFSC is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

To file a complaint of discrimination: write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

*All grant recipients must comply with certain nondiscrimination and accessibility requirements. More information about the compliance requirements, including evaluation criteria, is found in the appendices.