State Fire Safe Council seeks grant applicants


California Fire Safe Council is accepting applications for its competitive application process for 2017 wildfire prevention grants on Monday. The application deadline is 5 p.m. on May 12. The grants will support the following areas of wildfire prevention:

Hazardous fuels reduction and maintenance projects on non-federal land. Community Wildfire Protection Plans and other planning or assessment documents.

Prevention and mitigation education and outreach opportunities for landowners and residents in at-risk communities.

The council has approximately $2 million available. Grant amounts cannot exceed $200,000 per application and the duration is 24 months. There is a dollar for dollar or 50 percent cost share/match, which means the federal funding can account for up to 50 percent of the project's cost. The remaining half must come from nonfederal sources and can include cash and/or third-party in-kind.

A training webinar will be held in April. It is recommended applicants attend. More workshop information and registration can be found on the CFSC Grant Program website.