California Releaf - Urban and Community Forestry Program Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) Grants from CAL FIRE

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. Co-benefits of the projects include increased water supply, clean air and water, reduced energy use, flood and storm water management, recreation, urban revitalization, improved public health, and producing useful products such as bio-fuel, clean energy, and high quality wood. Projects may provide a combination of these co-benefits or other co-benefits not mentioned, or even benefits that are not yet clearly defined. Urban and Community Forestry efforts play a significant role in meeting the State's GHG emission reduction targets. CAL FIRE encourages resident participation in the development and implementation of each project, although due to the size and complexity of projects, applicants are limited to state and local agencies and non-profit organizations.

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.

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At a minimum, 75% of the $15 million appropriation for this grant program will be expended on projects meeting the ARB criteria for being located within disadvantaged communities.

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Cal Fire, through California Climate Investments (GGRF)
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Eligible applicants include cities, counties, qualifying districts, or nonprofit organizations qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (PRC 5096.605). Districts include, but are not limited to, school, park, recreation, water, and local taxing districts.

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