The California Fire Foundation offers grant opportunities to fire departments, firefighter associations, fire safe councils and other community organizations, which are based in California and serve our state’s residents in preventing, preparing and/or responding to major events, including 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.
In 2020, nearly 4.2 million total acres burned — the most in a single year, and more than the last three years combined. 10,488 structures were damaged or destroyed and at least 31 individuals lost their lives.
Since 2018, CFF has teamed up with funding partners across the state to help our communities address the catastrophic effects of climate disasters through grant making initiatives — effects that threaten millions of Californians and visitors annually.
Through the generosity of our partners, CFF awards individual grants to recipient departments and organizations in support of projects and programs focusing on wildfire/disaster prevention, preparedness and/or relief and recovery assistance.
Across all of our grant programs, CFF’s funding priorities include:
- Vegetation Mitigation & Fuels Reduction
- PPE & Specialized Equipment
- Community Outreach Campaigns
- First Responder & Victim Behavioral Health and Wellness
- Disaster Relief and/or Recovery Assistance
- First Responder Training
Grants are only available to indicated California fire departments, firefighter associations, community organizations, nonprofit organizations, or other specified groups. Grants are not available for individuals.
Our grantees are actively addressing some of the state’s toughest wildfire and disaster prevention, preparedness, relief and recovery needs — all in an effort to keep Californians, our communities and first responders safe: View our 2020 Grantees
In 2020, The California Fire Foundation disbursed over $1.3 million in grants (non-matching) to 133 fire departments, firefighter associations, fire safe councils and other community organizations:
- Prevention & Preparedness Grants – View our 2020 Impact
- Relief & Recovery Grants – View our 2020 Impact
- Wildfire Safety and Preparedness Program in partnership with PG&E – View our 2020 Report
“We are so appreciative of California Fire Foundation’s generosity and partnership with us to support our most vulnerable residents impacted by the recent fires here in Sonoma County.” – Elly G., Community Foundation Sonoma County
“Thank you so much for your partnership in what we are doing to help the people of Paradise to be a fire safe community.” – Steve B, Paradise Alliance Church
“THANK YOU for approving the grant for our organization! We are very excited to receive it! Right now, there are animal owners whose homes were destroyed that we are working with to help them.” – Naomi T., Central California Animal Disaster Team
CURRENT Grant OPPORTUNITIES
- What: Fire Prevention & Preparedness Funding
- Who: Eligible California-based fire departments, firefighter associations and community organizations
- Application Period: May 18 through June 18, 2021
Click here to learn more about our fire prevention and preparedness grants, including our focus areas, funding priorities and guidelines.
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A Special thanks to our 2020 partners:
Fire Prevention Grants of are made possible due to the generosity of our partners:
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2020 Grantees In the News …
- Grant program funds free vegetation clearing in Green Valley areas – Daily Republic
“The chipping program, funded by a grant from the California Fire Foundation, is part of an important strategy to increase wildfire resistance and enhance wildfire survivability,” Rochelle Sherlock, president of the [Green Valley Fire Safe] council, said.
- $10K state grant used to replace wildfire safety equipment – KRCR 7 ABC
“We were able to replace the aging shelters for all of our career and volunteer firefighters,” Fire Chief Justin McDonald said. “However, I hope they never have to use them.”
- Brooktrails Township Fire Department announces receipt of grant –The Willits News
Brooktrails Fire Chief Jon Noyer says the funds will be used to upgrade mobile and portable radios in the apparatus used for wildland fires. “We need to be able to communicate with other allied agencies … this award will allow us to do just that!”
- Oakland Hills Residents Secure Grant To Clear Brush, Reduce Wildfire Risk – KPIX 5 CBS