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The CAL FIRE Urban & Community Forestry Program works to optimize the benefits of trees and related vegetation through multiple-objective projects as specified in the California Urban Forestry Act of 1978 (Public Resources Code 4799.06-4799.12). These projects further the goals of the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32), result in a net greenhouse gas (GHG) benefit, and provide environmental services and cost-effective solutions to the needs of urban communities and local agencies.

The Urban Forest Management Activities projects are by local governments (cities, counties, districts). Projects should improve long-term management of urban forests to reduce GHG emissions and improve urban forest performance over time. Projects may involve the establishment or updating of a jurisdiction-wide tree inventory, urban forest mapping and analysis, and/or long-term management plan. Projects may include policy integration and ordinance development.
Eligible Entities
K-12 School Districts, Local Public Agencies
Eligibility Notes
Eligible applicants include cities, counties and qualifying districts. Districts include, but are not limited to, school, park, recreation, water, and local taxing districts. Non-profit organizations are not eligible for this grant type, but may be partners in such projects.

Eligible projects must:
- Result in a net GHG benefit calculated using CARB’s FY 2017-18 quantification methodology. This requires that the project have a tree planting component during the project performance period.
- Be for performing or updating a tree inventory, establishing a new urban forest management plan or updating an existing management plan, establishing or updating an urban forestry related policy or ordinance, or performing mapping and analysis to inform the other activities preceding.
- Show proof of an existing urban forest/ tree protection system (city ordinance, general plan element, etc.), or must create one during the grant performance period.
- Show proof of having an existing urban forester, arborist, or other qualified position responsible for urban forest resources or have such a professional retained under contract.
- Be located in, or immediately adjacent to, an “urban area” or “urban cluster” as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau. (
- Complete an urban forest inventory before developing a management plan, though both may be completed during the grant performance period.
- If funded, have a long term (40-50 year) urban management plan with a comprehensive document, not solely a maintenance plan.
- Have a provision for periodic review of any funded urban forest management plan.
- Collect tree inventory data according to criteria in Appendix J
- Demonstrate how they will implement and utilize the inventory, mapping, analysis, and/or urban forest management plan.
- Agree to refer to the urban forest management plan as a guiding policy document in an ordinance, a general plan element or another binding, enforceable way as approved by CAL FIRE staff.
- Show that the community where the project will occur was, and will continue to be, authentically engaged about the project.
- Include an education and outreach component. Not more than 20% of grant funds may be used for this education and outreach component. The education and outreach component as part of the overall project can be shown as project match dollars by the applicant.
- Provide maintenance on trees planted (including replacement) for at least three years after project completion. Evidence of long term care for the trees must also be shown. Projects that meet the criteria for benefiting a disadvantaged community may qualify to receive funds for maintenance in a trust fund at project completion.
- Select trees and plant materials that are climate appropriate and well suited to the site, such as species being classified as very low, low, or moderate water use species or are justified for the planting site(s) selected
- Adhere to Appendix I at minimum for tree planting
- Provide an electronic and printed copy of all grant products to the CAL FIRE Urban & Community Forestry Program at the conclusion of the grant in a format specified by CAL FIRE.
- Acknowledge CAL Fire’s Urban and Community Forestry program and the funding source, CCI, in any documents or other media produced
Most Recent/Current Due Date
Feb 26, 2018
Due Date Notes
Concept proposals are due February 26, 2018 by 3:00 p.m. CAL FIRE will notify all applicants that submitted concept proposals via letter if their proposal has been selected for to submit a full project application or not in early winter. The due date for the full project application varies from year to year though is anticipated for late winter.
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Total Possible Multi-Year Award
Annual or Multi-Year?
Preliminary Items
Applicants are encouraged to work with local CAL FIRE Regional Urban Foresters in the planning and development of proposals prior to the grant program advertisement each year. Regional Urban Foresters are available for advice and technical expertise in planning of projects. A list of CAL Fire Regional Urban Foresters can be found in Appendix H of the solicitation.
Match Required?
Match Notes
There is a minimum 25% match, which can be met with in-kind activities or materials related to the project, as well as any State funding source related to the project that is not the same as the State source of funding awarded by CAL FIRE. The proportion of the project’s cost funded by CAL FIRE Urban & Community Forestry shall not be greater than 75%.

However, projects that meet the criteria for being located in or benefiting a disadvantaged community or a low income community will be eligible to have their cost share requirement reduced or completely waived by CAL FIRE. This request must be made during the concept proposal process by checking the appropriate box on the form.
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
Total Amount Available for All Grants
Competition Notes
An applying entity may only submit up to 3 total grant proposals for consideration.

75% of the appropriation for this program is allotted to projects meeting the ARB criteria for being located within AB 1550 communities. As directed by AB 1550, Cal EPA has identified disadvantaged communities, low-income communities, low-income households statewide, and low-income community and low-income households that are within ½-mile of a disadvantaged community for investment. Disadvantaged communities are those areas that are disproportionately affected by multiple types of pollution and areas with vulnerable populations. Low income communities and low-income households are those that are either at or below 80 percent of the statewide median income, or at or below the threshold designated as low-income by the California Department of Housing and Community Development's (HCD) 2016 State Income Limits.

Cal EPA uses CalEnviroScreen 3.0 ( to identify disadvantaged communities, low income communities, and low-income households. Maps that show the disadvantaged community and low income community census tracts and those tracts with a ½ mile around the tract boundary are at:
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