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Grants to California Nonprofits, Agencies, Tribes, Local Land Managers, and Private Landowners for Projects to Prevent Wildfires

Community Wildfire Prevention Grant Program


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Funding Source
Truckee Fire Protection District
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Geographic Focus
USA: California: Truckee Fire Protection District

Important Dates
Deadline: 06/09/23 3:00 PM PST Save

Grant Description
Grants to California nonprofit organizations, mutual benefit corporations, government agencies, tribes, local land managers, and private landowners in eligible regions for projects to prevent wildfires. Projects must fall into one of the following categories: Wildfire Prevention Education, Forest Fuels Reduction, Forest Health and Resiliency, and Community Wildfire Preparedness.

Forest Fuels Reduction

  • Vegetation clearance in critical locations to reduce wildfire intensity and rate of spread.
  • Creation or maintenance of fuel breaks in strategic locations as identified in a Community Wildfire Protection Plan, or similar strategic planning document. 
  • Removal of ladder fuels to reduce the risk of crown fires within and around communities.
  • Selective tree removal (thinning) to improve forest conditions to withstand wildfire.
  • Modification of vegetation adjacent to roads to improve public safety for egress of evacuating residents and ingress of responding emergency personnel.
  • Reduction of fuel loading around critical infrastructure to maintain continuity of critical services.
  • Equipment purchases to support forest fuels reduction programs and activities within and around communities. 

Forest Health and Resiliency

  • Reforestation to establish a diverse, native forest, which results in stable carbon sequestration and storage, improves watershed and habitat functions, and forest resilience.
  • Pest Management to improve forest health, while reducing pest-related mortality. Harvesting activities should focus on removing dead and/or diseased trees.
  • Biomass utilization of wood products such as post and pole, dimensional lumber, plywood, firewood, or to generate energy through combustion or gasification.
  • Prescribed fire activities that focus on the need to reintroduce fires to fire-adapted forest ecosystems. Applying fire to the landscape may serve multiple purposes, including reducing fuel loads, creating heterogenous and diverse vegetation, maintaining cultural practices, promoting healthy ecosystem processes, and public education. 

Community Wildfire Preparedness

  • Projects to improve compliance with defensible space laws and regulations as required by Public Resources Code Section 4291.
  • Projects to improve the hardening of structures in a Firewise community.
  • The purchase and utilization of early fire detection technology and software.
  • Evacuation planning and/or route improvements.

Wildfire Prevention Education

  • Development and Implementation of public education and outreach programs.
  • Workshops, meetings, materials creation, and other educational activities with the purpose of increasing knowledge and awareness of information that could be used to reduce the total number of wildfires, acres burned, and structures lost.
  • To educate the public regarding making homes and communities more wildfire resilient.
  • Activities are subject to Truckee Fire approval. 

For information about eligible costs, see the following link:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Projects are limited to the geographic area of the Truckee Fire Protection District, no projects proposed outside of the Fire District boundary will be eligible. Forestry and fuel reduction projects must be a minimum of 5 acres, multiple smaller landowners may combine to create a project area greater than or equal to 5 acres. Those who are eligible to apply include;
• Private, non-industrial Landowners
• Local Agencies
• Native American Tribes
• Local Land Managers
• Non-profit organizations or HOAs with a 501(c)(3) designation
• Mutual benefit corporations (HOAs, POAs etc.)

Applicants may be one of the following only under specific conditions;
• A privately held, for-profit company or corporation, only if 2:1 match can be provided. For example, if a wireless provider proposed a project around critical cell towers in the District that would cost $90,000 total, Truckee Fire would provide $30,000 towards the project and the company would have to provide $60,000 in match.

Additional Geographic Information:

Truckee Fire Protection District Map:

Ineligible costs include, but are not limited to:
• Costs that are not directly associated with the project.
• Costs associated with replacing an existing program.
• Costs already funded or budgeted through another source (i.e., supplanting).
• Costs incurred before or after the project performance period.
• Costs of preparing a project application.
• Overtime, for employees and/or contractors. Overtime hours will be reimbursed at the straight time rate.
• Minor road upgrading such as rocking or installing rolling dips, except where needed to prevent erosion and sedimentation to a watercourse within a project treatment area.
• Late fee, penalties, and bank fees.
• Costs associated with improvement or establishment of landscaping.
• Any practice or activity that, in Truckee Fire’s judgement, is not a best management practice or that is, or could be, harmful to the forested landscape.
• Any indirect costs based on percentage of equipment costs.

Non-qualifying project types and activities include, but are not limited to:
• Purchase of capital equipment (using grant funds) greater than $150,000 cumulative.
• Purchase of capital equipment without clearly demonstrating how the equipment will be utilized
• Installation, creation, upgrade, or maintenance of fire protection features, such as, roads, bridges, structures, or water storage facilities or other permanent infrastructure.
• Projects or activities utilizing Truckee Fire staff without corresponding reimbursements or requests seeking funding for services already provided by Truckee Fire.

Pre-Application Information
Submission of Application is due by June 9, 2023 at 3:00pm (PST)

Contact Information
Submit applications to

Dillon Sheedy (RPF #3175) - Forester, or 530-536-8020

Additional Contacts:

Eric Horntvedt - Wildfire Prevention Manager, or 530-582-7888

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