2021 County Coordinators Grant Opportunity

Application Open Date: August 2, 2021

Application Close Date: September 15, 2021

For questions about the grant program or application process, please contact Staff Grant Specialist Julia Marsili at [email protected]esafecouncil.org or (916) 538-1852. 

Upcoming County Coordinators Grant Technical Webinar:

The California Fire Safe Council will host an additional 2021 County Coordinators Grant Opportunity webinar on Thursday, August 5th, 2021, at 10AM PST. This webinar will cover technical topics related to applying for the grant and using the ZoomGrants software, as well as questions applicants might have after viewing the application.

Click here to register for the webinar.

Grant Announcement: 

The objective of the County Coordinators Grant is to educate, encourage, and develop county-wide collaboration and coordination among various wildfire mitigation groups operating within counties containing State Responsibility Area (SRA) lands. Up to 24 counties will receive a one-time grant of $175,000 to be used to cover administrative costs relevant to county-wide coordination efforts, including but not limited to the salary, support, and administrative costs for a designated County Coordinator.   

Funding Available:  

Up to 24 counties will receive a one-time, 18-month grant of $175,000.   


Priority will be given to counties with a high percentage of Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones and a higher proportion of disadvantaged and/or low-income communities. To apply, counties must be the starting point and invested in the scope and goals of the project. However, counties may choose to direct the application process and funds to the non-profit or public agency that they feel are best equipped to execute the project. Local fire mitigation groups are not eligible to apply unless their county designates them as the primary applicant and provides a letter of support. Only one application per county will be accepted. 

To Apply:  

Applications open August 2nd, 2021. Visit the Apply for a Grant webpage and select “2021 CAL FIRE County Coordinators” grant program to begin. Please note: applications will not be available for viewing until August 2nd 

View the 2021 County Coordinators Grant Opportunity Announcement in it’s entirety here.  

Application Schedule:

June 1, 2021 Call for interested applicants
June 23, 2021 Online grant workshop
August 2, 2021 Accepting applications
September 15, 2021 Applications due by 11:59PM PST
October 2021 Award announcement

Resources & Materials: 

June 23rd, 2021- County Coordinators Grant Introductory Webinar PowerPoint:


Webinar recording:


Grant FAQs:

CFSC County Coordinator Grant FAQ

Template Board of Supervisors Letter 

For Counties who wish to designate the grant application and funds to a non-profit or public agency who they feel is best able to execute the scope of the County Coordinators Grant, a letter of support from the County Board of Supervisors will be required as an application attachment. This letter serves as a template only and may adjusted or edited as needed. 

Letter of Support Template

About the California Fire Safe Council  

The County Coordinator Grant Program is part of a larger effort by the California Fire Safe Council and our partners to develop local and regional capacity and coordination to encourage collaboration between all fire mitigation and emergency preparedness groups, as well as government agencies and stakeholders. Each County Coordinator will serve as a conduit of information and resources and provide active coordination and outreach efforts within their county.  

To learn more about the California Fire Safe Council and our work to become California’s leader in community wildfire risk reduction and resiliency, please visit cafiresafecouncil.org/AboutUs and review our Annual Grant Reports at cafiresafecouncil.org/AnnualReports.

For more information on Fire Safe Councils in your area or how to start a local fire safe council, please visit cafiresafecouncil.org/resources. 

Important Notices: 

This grant program and publication are funded in full by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), under the terms of Grant numbers 3540-5CA05332.  The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of CAL FIRE. 

The County Coordinators Grant is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment–particularly in disadvantaged communities. For more information, visit the California Climate Investments website at: www.caclimateinvestments.ca.gov.


In accordance with federal law, 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. 


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