CAL FIRE’s 2016-2017 State Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Fund (SRAFPF) and Tree Mortality (TM) Grant Program

The State Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Fund (SRAFPF) and Tree Mortality (TM) Grant Program has $15.75 million available for projects that focus on supporting local efforts to remove dead and dying trees that pose a threat to public health and safety and for projects that reduce the wildfire threat to habitable structures within State Responsibility Areas (SRA).

The SRAFPF and TM Grant Program provides funding for projects related to the removal of dead or dying trees, hazardous fuel (vegetation) reduction, fire prevention education, and fire prevention planning. Projects funded by the SRAFPF and TM grants will reduce the risk of fire ignition and spread in and adjacent to communities, educate owners of habitable structures about wildfire risks, allow for strategic, long-term planning to reduce the risk of wildfire to communities in the SRA throughout the State, or remove dead or dying trees that pose a threat to public health and safety.

Project Types and Activities – Qualifying projects and activities include those related to hazardous fuel reduction, fire prevention planning, fire prevention education, and removal of dead, dying, or diseased trees (more information at http://www.firstcalltreeservices.com). Examples of qualifying projects and activities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Hazardous Fuel Reduction

  • Removing dead and dying trees
  • Vegetation clearance in critical locations to reduce wildfire intensity and rate of spread
  • Creation or maintenance of fuel breaks in strategic locations, as identified in CAL FIRE Unit Fire Plans, a Community Wildfire Protection Plan, or similar strategic planning document
  • Removing ladder fuels to reduce the risk of crown fires
  • Community level fire prevention programs, such as community chipping days, roadside chipping, and green waste bin programs
  • Elective tree removal (thinning) to improve forest health to withstand wildfire
  • Modification of vegetation adjacent to roads to provide for safer ingress and egress of evacuating residents and responding emergency personnel
  • Reduction of fuel loading around critical firefighting infrastructure, including, but not limited to, fire hydrants, water drafting locations, and staging areas

Fire Prevention Education

  • Fire prevention public education

Fire Prevention Planning

  • Wildfire risk or related mapping
  • Creation of strategic wildfire planning documents, such as a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP)

Removal of Dead, or Dying Trees

  • Must support local efforts to remove dead and dying trees that pose a threat to public health and safety.
    • Dead and dying trees greater than 10” in diameter and 20 feet in height and
    • Dead and dying trees are reasonably accessible by equipment/machinery and
    • Dead and dying tree removal within 300 feet of permanent structures and pose a structural threat to the residence. This does not include moveable or temporary sheds and outbuildings, or carports. or
    • Dead and dying tree removal within 300 feet of serviceable roadways and pose a structural threat to roadways. or
    • Poses a threat to public or private infrastructure.
  • Projects should be located in a “Priority County” as identified by the Tree Mortality Task Force.

Grant Timeline

Grant Application Opens: August 22nd, 2016

Grant Application Closes: September 28th, 2016 at 3:00pm PDT

Grant Review: October 2016

Grant Approvals: Mid-November 2016

Grant Agreements sent out: Mid-December 2016

Grant Agreements due: January 31st, 2017

Grant Projects Completion: March 15th, 2019

More information on CAL FIRE’s website

Grant Application Procedural Guide