Synopsis of Grant Opportunity: California Fire Safe Council (CFSC) is pleased to announce its competitive application process for 2023/2024 SFC (formerly SFA) wildfire prevention grants. Funding is provided through a master grant to CFSC by the U.S. Forest Service to administer the Grants Clearinghouse program, with CFSC issuing subawards to successful applicants to support fire risk reduction activities by landowners in at-risk communities to restore and maintain resilient landscapes and create fire adapted communities. Funds should be utilized for hazard mitigation competitive grants in the following categories: • Hazardous fuels reduction and maintenance projects on non-federal land • Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP) and other community hazard mitigation and planning • Prevention and mitigation education and outreach opportunities for landowners and residents in at-risk communities.
Funding, Cost Share Requirement and Duration: CFSC has up to $1,575,000 available for wildfire prevention projects. The mandatory cost share is 100%. Federal funding can account for up to 50% of the project’s cost and the remaining 50% must come from non-federal sources and can include cash and/or third-party in-kind. For example, a $100,000 grant request will need to be matched with $100,000 from the applicant and cooperators.
The grant performance period is 24 months. Grant funds cannot be expended after the termination date. The grant start date is anticipated to be June 2024, however dates are subject to change. Grant Application Limits: The maximum grant application request cannot exceed $100,000 for federal dollars. The maximum amount of applications that can be submitted is one by a single organization. Fiscal sponsors may submit 1 application and receive up to $100,000 for themselves, plus be awarded up to $100,000 for one sponsored organization. To illustrate this, if a fiscal sponsor is sponsoring one organization for $100,000, then that grant can be funded, plus up to $100,000 for their own request. So a fiscal sponsor can potentially be awarded up to $200,000, total. For more information on fiscal sponsors read our 23-24 SFC Application Guide.