The California Fire Foundation offers 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.
Recent fire seasons in California have been the deadliest and most destructive on record. And, the state continues to battle a drought of historic proportions — the worst megadrought in centuries. Even without the coronavirus outbreak, as weather heats up across California and increases wildfire risk, our state is bracing for a long, hot summer thanks to the record drought. COVID-19 could make the fire season much worse.
The California Fire Foundation is teaming up with funding partners across the state to support wildfire prevention and relief through grant programs. Funding priorities include:
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Specialized Firefighting Equipment
- Mitigation & Fuels Reduction
- First Responder Training
- Fire Prevention Education & Planning
- Community Outreach & 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.
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.
Fire Relief & Prevention Grants, Summer 2020
Applications open: June 1, 2020
Deadline: July 15, 2020
Funding Range: Up to $15,000 per grantee
Eligibility: California-based fire departments, firefighter associations, fire safe councils, nonprofit safety-focused, community organizations.
Projects related to: Personal protective equipment, specialized firefighting equipment, fuel mitigation, first responder training, fire safety and prevention education, and planning and outreach programs, subject to COVID-19 social distancing and/or state reopening guidelines, where applicable.
A Special thanks to our 2020 partners:
Fire Prevention Grants of are made possible due to the generosity of our partners:
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.