Grant Programs

About the 2014 Grant Program

The California Fire Safe Council  began accepting applications for wildfire prevention grant funds through the U.S. Forest Service on July 17, 2013 . The 2014 Grant Program is now closed. There were no funds available in the 2014 cycle for the Department of Interior agencies which include the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Parks Service.

Grant funding may be used for hazardous fuels reduction and maintenance projects on non-federal land; development of community risk assessments,  Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP) and other planning documents; and wildfire prevention and mitigation education and outreach opportunities for landowners and residents in at-risk communities.

Grant Timeline for 2014 cycle:

Call for Grant Applications and Issuance of Request for Applications (RFA) July 17, 2013
Application deadline September 17, 2013 5 p.m.
Letters of Commitment and Fiscal Sponsor Agreement POSTMARK deadline September 17, 2013

Download here:

  1. 2014 Request for Applications (RFA)
  2. Grant Application Planning Tool
  3. Sample Grant Application
  4. Letter of Commitment Summary Form
  5. 2014 Grant Application Workshop Handbook
  6. Order a  2014 Grant Application Workbook Here (Only 1 per organization)
  7. Pre-recorded Webinar of Grant Application Workshop (Duration 2 h:29 m)
  8. Provide feedback on the Grant Application Webinar

You can access a list of 2013 Grants Clearinghouse grant recipients here.


U.S. Forest Service State Fire Assistance (SFA)


Funds are available for all fire management activities including training, planning, hazardous fuel treatments, and fire prevention education programs.  This program emphasizes fire risk reduction activities by landowners and residents in at-risk communities to restore and maintain resilient landscapes and create fire-adapted communities.

Programs or activities proposed for SFA funds must meet the following criteria:


  • Projects must be in the wildland urban interface (WUI) and protect a Community-at-Risk (CAR).
  • Projects must not be on Federal lands.
  • Programs, projects, or activities must address areas identified and prioritized in a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) or equivalent document.
  • Proposed projects should align with the applicable primary factors, guiding principles and core values identified in Phase I of the Cohesive Strategy.
  • Projects will be used to implement actions and that utilize strategies within priority landscapes as articulated in the State of California’s Forest Action Plan.

Hazardous fuel reduction proposals can include the purchase of needed supplies and tools (such as chainsaws, personal protective supplies, hand tools, etc.).

Applicants should be able to complete projects within a 24-month grant term. If funded, applicants will be asked to report specific accomplishments, such as acres treated, and provide before, during and after photos.



Purchase of vehicles or heavy equipment such as tub grinders and other expensive assets will not be funded (suggest rental or lease of these items). Construction and purchasing land are not allowable under the State Fire Assistance Program.



Approximately $5 million in State Fire Assistance

    •  These funds require a 50/50 cost share/match, which means the federal funding can account for up to 50% of the total project cost.  The remaining 50% must come from non-federal sources and can include cash and/ in-kind contributions.


  • Information on matching contributions or in-kind goods and services:
    • They shall not be derived from other federal assistance programs
    • They shall not be used as an in-kind contribution toward cost matching requirements for any other grant program
    • Their value will be determined using scales and estimates appropriate for the local area
    • They will not include grant application preparation fees


Total value of USFS projects selected for funding in FFY 2013: $4.4 million

Average size of USFS grants in FFY 2013: $86,000