California Fire Safe Council (CFSC) is pleased to announce the selection of 20 projects for funding under its 2016 Grants Clearinghouse. CFSC will provide over $2.1 million in federal grant funds to support wildfire risk reduction activities in at-risk communities in 20 counties across California. View the 2016 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 2016 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 $2,150,000 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 $2.5 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!