MRFSC seeks to meet its goal of wildfire education and prevention in many ways through outreach and projects. None of this would be possible without the generous funding from various grants and partners.
Total grant and sponsorship funds awarded through September 2023 to MRFSC to support its community:
Since inception, MRFSC has been awarded grant funds totaling $4,714,558 to benefit the community.
September 2023 - MRFSC was awarded $500,000 from CAL FIRE through the California Fire Safe Council for Defensible Space NOW. The focus is to develop defensible space inspectors, assist with fire hazard abatement and more.
“Community Wildfire Preparedness Project, is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment– particularly in disadvantaged communities. The Cap-and-Trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution. California Climate Investments projects include affordable housing,
renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling, and much more. At least 35 percent of these investments are located within and benefiting residents of disadvantaged communities, low-income communities, and low-income households across California. For more information, visit the California Climate Investment website at: www.caclimateinvestments.ca.gov.”
March 2023 - The The Watershed Research and Training Center granted MRFSC $2,700 to translate Living with Wildfire magazine into Spanish to make it more accessible to bilingual households.
“This project was supported in part by a cooperative agreement between The Nature Conservancy, USDA Forest Service and agencies of the Department of the Interior through a subaward to the Watershed Research and Training Center. The content and opinions expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the position or the policy of the USFS, DOI, The Nature Conservancy, or the WRTC and no official endorsement should be inferred. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.”
February 2023 - the Inland Empire Resource Conservation District awarded $140,000 to MRFSC to continue its pilot herbivory project (grazing) on East Little Mountain.
June 2022 - CAL FIRE awarded $211,898 to MRFSC for Critical Infrastructure Defensible space. These funds will be used to benefit mountain top water districts and sanitation districts in creating robust defensible space around critical infrastructure for our communities.
April 2022 - MRFSC was awarded $500,000 for a Regional Fire Safe Grant from CAL FIRE to promote fire safe councils throughout the Inland Empire and to provide fuel reduction funding to IE communities in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI). This grant will also fund the development of a Regional Community Wildfire Protection Plan.
December 2021 - MRFSC was the beneficiary of a $50,000 grant from San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford. These funds will be used for assistance to low income families for fire hazard abatement, a pilot battery disposal program, a pilot pine needle disposal program and educational materials.
November 2021 - MRFSC was again awarded $5,000 under Southern California Edison's Communication grant program.
October 2021 - The California Fire Safe Council awarded MRFSC $165,000 for curbside chipping to augment the work being done under other grants.
October 2021 - MRFSC was once again fortunate to be awarded two Fire Prevention grants for fuel reduction:
$454,973 for Hazardous Dead Tree removal and $411,631 for Curbside Chipping. Both through the California Climate Investment Program.
July 2021 - the California Fire Foundation awarded MRFSC $15,000 for curbside chipping
April 2021 - California Fire Safe Council awarded $40,000 under a Southern California Edison grant to MRFSC for abatement, tree removal and chipping
April 2021 - The Inland Empire Fire Safe Alliance awarded $61,000 to MRFSC for a pilot Goat Grazing Project on East Little Mountain in San Bernardino
March 2021 - MRFSC's Defensible Space team program was identified as a beneficiary of a $25,000 LISTOS Toolkit & Trailer grant via the California Fire Safe Council
January 2021 - the California Fire Safe Council announced MRFSC had been selected for a $3,000 LISTOS Outreach Toolkit grant
December 2020 - MRFSC was awarded $5,000 under Southern California Edison's Communication grant program.
In the fall of 2020 - Farmers Insurance/Paulette Bunyapanasarn Agency sponsored some of MRFSC's abatement and hazardous tree projects with a $3,500 grant. The Agency awarded a sponsorship in the amount of $4,000 for 2021 and another $2,000 in 2022
Fall of 2020 - MRFSC received a grant from Inland Empire Resource Conservation District in the amount of $142,000 for the creation and update of several Inland Empire Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs)
Spring 2020 - MRFSC is again excited to share it has been awarded $399,865 in funding for Abatement Assistance through the 2020 CAL FIRE California Climate Investment grant programs. These funds will be available in fall of 2020 through 2023 to help homeowners bring their properties into compliance with fire hazard codes - making the communities more fire safe! This grant is the first project in partnership with Big Bear as MRFSC extends the boundaries of its service area to cover Waterman Canyon to Baldwin Lake.
Spring/Fall 2019 - The National Forest Foundation awarded MRFSC an Edison grant in the amount of $36,317 to hold s series of Wildfire Prevention & Preparedness Community meetings and for a campaign to educate the communities about the dangerous invasive gold-spotted oak borer beetle (GSOB).
August 2019 - brought news that MRFSC had been awarded $23,500 from So. Cal. Edison funding through the CA Safe Council for education and outreach materials and marketing.
April 2019 - MRFSC was awarded $91,277 for a Smokey Bear Prevention Education grant under the CAL FIRE California Community Wildfire Prevention Grant Program. These funds will be used for education materials, handouts, special events and SMOKEY BEAR!
Fall 2018 - Thanks to an $86,130 USDA Forest Service grant through the CA Fire Safe Council, MRFSC will be able to help with Community Fuel Reduction for many issues not covered under Hazardous Trees and/or Chipping. Reach out via our Contact Us page for more info
August 2018 - Mountain Rim Fire Safe Council was happy to share that its three grant applications were selected for funding under the CAL FIRE / California Climate Investment Fire Prevention Program. The three-year grants include Hazardous Tree Removal - $287,137, Curbside Chipping - $189,945, and Living with Wildfire - $89,037
In 2017 - MRFSC was pleased to announce it has been awarded new CAL FIRE SRA funding for Community Chipper Days ($60,797) and for its Web-Based Map Interface for CWPPs ($107,967). MRFSC was also awarded $79,500 for Web-based Map Interface CWPPs from the California Fire Safe Council.
In 2016 - MRFSC was again fortunate to receive funding through CAL FIRE's State Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Fund Grant Program. This grant was for $98,766 and was used to assist property owners in removing dead and/or dying hazardous trees.
In 2015 - MRFSC was awarded $164,970 in grants from CAL FIRE's State Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Fund Grant Program. These grants were for Mountain Top Chipper Days, Crest Forest Fire Safe Demonstration Sites, Abatement Assistance & Advocacy, MRFSC Community Wildfire Protection Plan, and a Web-based Map Interface.
Between 2001 and 2013 MRFSC received $641,560 from grants from the Bureau of Land Management, the USFS, and others.