Forest Health Grant Program

Program Intent
CAL FIRE's Forest Health Grant Program awards Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funds allocated by the legislature for California Climate Investments (CCI) to implement projects that seek to:

  • Proactively restore forest health to reduce greenhouse gases.
  • Protect upper watersheds where the state's water supply originates.
  • Promote the long-term storage of carbon in forest trees and soils.
  • Minimize the loss of forest carbon from large, intense wildfires.
  • Further the goals of the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (Assembly Bill 32, Health and Safety Code Section 38500 et seq.) (AB 32).

Project Activities
Project activities funded by CAL FIRE's Forest Health Grant Program may include:

  • Reforestation
  • Fuel reduction and prescribed fire
  • Pest management
  • Biomass utilization
  • Conservation easements through the Forest Legacy Program
  • Research

Projects that implement a mix of these activities, with multiple partners will be given priority.


Eligible Applicants include local state and federal agencies including federal land management agencies (excluding conservation easements), state land management agencies, Native American tribes, private forest landowners, resource conservation districts, fire safe councils, land trusts, landowner organizations, conservation groups, and non-profit organizations. 

To be eligible for funding under CAL FIRE's Forest Health Grant Program, projects must:

  • Focus on large, landscape-scale forestlands composed of one or more landowners, which may cover multiple jurisdictions. Large landscapes usually mean sub-watersheds, firesheds, or larger logical management units.
  • Maintain a net reduction of established greenhouse gas emissions levels as calculated by the California Air Resources Board's methodology and testing.
  • Be designed to ensure the project benefits are as permanent as possible.

Eligible costs include: salaries and wages, benefits, contractual costs, travel, supplies, equipment, other costs directly related to the grant project, and indirect costs. Administrative costs are limited to 12% of the total grant award. 

Additional information about the Forest Health Grant Program can be found in the Grant Guidelines. Applications are awarded based on Grant Selection Criteria listed in that document.

Contact Us

Forest Health Program Staff -- Regional Contacts

Kristen Merrill, Program Specialist

(916) 651-2022


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