The California Fire Foundation (CFF) offers grant opportunities to fire departments, firefighter associations and community-based organizations whose vital projects focus on keeping Californians, our state’s communities and first responders safe! Since opening our first grant cycle in 2018, CFF has awarded over 500 grants totaling more than $9 million in direct support for grantees actively serving high fire threat and/or under-resourced communities in regions throughout the state.
Recent fire seasons in California have been the deadliest and most destructive on record. Despite a promising start to the water year, the state remains in a drought. As weather heats up across California, wildfire risk increases.
Our grantees are actively addressing some of the state’s toughest wildfire and disaster prevention, preparedness, relief and recovery needs.
2022 to date
- Spring 2022 Funding Cycle: Southern & Central California Grantees
- Summer 2022 Funding Cycle: Pacific Gas & Electric Grantees
Learn more about the projects awarded this year to date
2021 at a glance
In 2021, the California Fire Foundation disbursed more than $1.78 million to 62 fire departments/local firefighter associations and 64 community organizations — View CFF’s 2021 Impact Report or the 2021 statewide Wildfire Safety & Preparedness Program Report
IN THEIR OWN WORDS
With such a generous donation by the California Fire Foundation we were able to protect several of our firefighters with up-to-date and properly fitting wildland PPE to help protect our community and our north state neighbors. – Orland Volunteer Fire Department
California Fire Foundation has been an incredible partner to The C.R.E.W. in fire prevention, community education, and youth leadership. Our teen and young adult staff members work hands-on, all year, in fire prevention and education. – Concerned Resources Environmental Workers (The C.R.E.W.)
This award allowed Monterey Firefighters Association to purchase an emergency vehicle to help support evacuation efforts of community members who don’t otherwise have vehicles or transportation available. This is a MUCH needed resource and we’re so grateful for CFF’s help in making it possible. – Community Foundation for Monterey County
The awarded grant has assisted us in providing our personnel with modern wildland PPE in order to enhance our wildfire mitigation efforts and keep communities safe. – Campo Reservation Fire Department
The generous funds donated by the California Fire Foundation allowed Chico Fire to purchase 49 wildland fire shelters which will positively impact the safety of our firefighters on future wildfire incidents. – Chico Fire Department
The support from the California Fire Foundation continues to make a tremendous impact on the recovery efforts of the people of Ventura County. – Ventura County Community Foundation
This equipment will help us provide a better service. It adds capacity to react when things a fluid and will increase our ability to respond to wild land events in our area. – Hamilton Branch Fire Protection District
Few areas of the world have felt the impact of climate change more acutely than California: devastating wildfires fueled by punishing drought and heat waves; flooding and mudslides driven by torrential rains; erosion and coastal damage from rising sea levels.
In 2020, over 4 million total acres burned — the most in a single year, and more than the previous three years combined. 10,488 structures were damaged or destroyed and at least 31 individuals lost their lives. 2021 proved to be another disaster fire year in California, with under 3 million total acres burned, three fatalities, and at least 7 firefighters injured while battling fires.
Since 2018, due to the generosity of our major funding partners, CFF has awarded individual grants to eligible recipients in support of projects and programs focusing on wildfire/disaster prevention, preparedness and/or relief and recovery assistance.
Learn more about becoming a CFF funding partner.