Grant Programs

We offer a range of grant opportunities available to fire departments, firefighter associations and community organizations serving the residents of California to address tragic events such as wildfires, floods, and climate-caused disasters.

Few areas of the world have felt the impact of climate change more acutely than California: devastating wildfires fueled by punishing drought and heat waves; flooding and mudslides driven by torrential rains; erosion and coastal damage from rising sea levels.

With over 1.8 million acres burned, California’s 2018 fire season was the deadliest and most destructive year on record.

Now, the California Fire Foundation is teaming up with Edison International, parent company of Southern California Edison and, for the second consecutive year, Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) to support wildfire relief and prevention through grant programs. Funding areas include:

  • Mitigation: fuel reduction, creation of fuel breaks and community defensible spaces
  • Habitat restoration
  • Fire prevention education
  • Fire prevention planning
  • First responder training
  • Community outreach and disaster preparedness

Please note that some grant programs are by invitation only. For more information on each program including how to apply, click the program’s name below.


Program:   Wildfire Prevention Funding for Southern California

Description: Support firefighters and firefighter associations serving specific areas in southern California

Region: Counties of Fresno, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, Madera, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Tuolumne, Tulare and Ventura

Range:   $2,500-$15,000

Application Deadline:  July 15, 2019

Award Date:  Awards are disbursed on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted

Program:   Wildfire Outreach Grant

Description:  Support firefighters throughout California prepare for, prevent and mitigate climate change driven natural disasters through education and outreach

Region: Statewide, with priority given to Tier 3 and Tier 2 high wildfire risk areas

Range: Typical awards will be in the $15,000 range (requests outside this range will be considered)

Application Deadline:  July 15, 2019

Award Date:  Awards will be disbursed between July 31 – September 1, 2019

If you have any questions regarding these grant opportunities, please email or call (916) 641-1707. We look forward to hearing from you!

2018 Grant Impact report

In 2018, the California Fire Foundation and Pacific Gas & Electric Company came together to help address the catastrophic effects of climate disasters … effects that threaten millions of residents in California each year. Through this $1,000,000 grantmaking initiative, The California Fire Foundation was able to provide support to sixty-eight fire departments and firefighter associations throughout California.

CLICK HERE to see media coverage of the 2018 Fire Prevention Funding program.

CLICK HERE to see a full list of 2018 grant recipients.