CAL FIRE  Forestry Assistance Grant Opportunity – Accepting Applications April 1 and due May 31, 2020

Stewart McMorrow
Deputy Chief
Forestry Assistance Programs

CAL FIRE has created a new grant opportunity for eligible entities (Counties, Resource Conservation Districts, and Nonprofits) to provide technical and financial assistance to forestland owners.  The purpose of the RFP is to allow prospective grantees the ability to provide a program of financial and technical forestry assistance to nonindustrial forest landowners. The grantee receives the grant from CAL FIRE, then serves as the supervising entity providing outreach and/or technical/financial assistance to landowners so they can conduct forest restoration or management activities on their property.

This Request for Proposals (RFP) will have an open application period beginning April 1, 2020. All applications are due no later than May 31, 2020.

Projects may include forest restoration activities for forestland already impacted by natural disturbance such as fire, insect, and disease, and forest management practices that promote forest resilience to severe wildfire, climate change, and other disturbances. CAL FIRE expects to award at least $2,200,000 of Proposition 68 funding for Forestry Assistance in the fiscal year 2019/2020 with a minimum grant amount of $750,000.

CAL FIRE previously held 3 public workshops and recorded a webinar that helps explain the grant opportunity. Please review the webinar here.

The Proposition 68 funds are authorized through Public Resource Code §80135(a) to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) for projects that provide ecological restoration of forests.

Please send any comments or questions to Stewart McMorrow at or call 530.379.5085.

For more information about the grant programs, see the Grant Guidelines available on the Forest Stewardship Website:


To sign up for our grants list-serve visit: