Special Grant Opportunity

California Fire Safe Council (CFSC) is pleased to announce a special grant program for fire protection planning and education in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The DEADLINE has been EXTENDED (see below).

Funding may be used for the following types of planning and education projects:

  • Mapping resources (GIS)
  • Community or forest risk assessments and action plans
  • Defensible space assessments
  • Evacuation planning
  • CWPP development and/or necessary updates
  • Firewise communities implementation
  • Home Ignition Zone (HIZ) training
  • Ember Aware / Living with Wildfire literature distribution
  • Radio/television education spots and/or PSAs
  • Outreach and education efforts at schools and community groups
  • Guides for new construction (residential and commercial) in wildfire zones
  • Guides for native fire-resistant vegetation plants
  • Gold Spotted Oak Borer or Bark Beetle tree mortality planning and public education

Fuels reduction projects are not eligible under this funding opportunity. The funding for this grant program is made possible by the Cooperative Fire Program of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Pacific Southwest Region, as part of Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Joint Landscape Restoration Partnership projects in parts of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. Fire Safe Councils, fire departments, and tribes are encouraged to apply for this funding to create or update these important planning documents.

Funding Available                 

$411,080 (No matching dollar requirement)

Eligible Area

Any community or organization adjacent to forested land (either federal, state, local or private) within either Riverside or San Bernardino Counties.

Grant Application Period:

August 24, 2016                   Program opens for online grant applications at http://www.cafiresafecouncil.org/zoomgrantslogin/

January 31, 2017 5:00 PM              Deadline for submission of online grant applications

Program Eligibility: Applications must be for fire protection planning and education projects within the grant boundaries. Applicant organizations must have legal standing to be eligible for a grant from California Fire Safe Council. Nonprofit, For-Profit or Other entities must be incorporated to do business in the State of California and have a Federal Employer Identification Number/Federal Tax Identification Number (FEIN/FTIN). An applicant organization that does not meet these requirements must identify a fiscal sponsor with legal standing to receive the funds on its behalf. Individuals are not eligible to apply.

Acknowledgements: This grant program is funded in full by the U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region under the terms of Grant No. 14-DG-11052012-125. The opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Forest Service. CFSC is an equal opportunity provider.

2015 SBR Grannt Announcement