Can individual landowners apply for this grant funding?
Individual landowners will need to partner with their local fire safe council, resource conservation district, a licensed forester, or other community group or non-profit organization that is able to enter into a legal agreement with the County. Potential applicants are encouraged to review the program guidelines and the sample grant agreement carefully to determine whether they would be eligible for funding and/or a good fit for the program.

What is the definition of a “community group?” Does it include homeowners’ associations or private roads associations?
Community groups such as homeowners’ associations, private road associations, or similar are eligible to apply so long as they are a legal entity capable of signing a legal agreement with the County. If not, they need to partner with an entity that is able to sign the grant agreement. Click here to view the sample grant agreement.

Can church-owned properties apply for funding?
The IRS automatically recognizes churches as 501(c) (3) charitable organizations if they meet the IRS requirements. Churches that are non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) status and/or are a legal entity capable of entering into a legal contract with the County are eligible for funding. Potential applicants are encouraged to review the program guidelines carefully to determine whether they would be eligible for funding and/or a good fit for the program.

I want to apply for funding to do some roadside fuel abatement on my private road or do defensible space improvement around structures. Would this be exempt from CEQA?
The County is not able to give legal advice regarding whether a project is exempt from CEQA or requires additional CEQA review and documentation. Potential applicants are encouraged to review the CEQA categorical exemptions to determine if their project is exempt, or requires additional review. Further information can be found in the 2021 CEQA Statutes and Guidelines.

Will there be standards agreed upon prior to implementation and how will projects be verified as complete?
Each grant awardee will be required to submit progress and financial reports. Upon completion of the project, a final report, including a financial expenditure record with backup documentation, and photo documentation, must be submitted. A site visit by a County representative may also be required.

When will I receive payment for the project?
Awardees will receive funds upon execution of a Vegetation Management Grant Program Agreement and receipt of all County-required documents. Funds will be dispersed prior to implementing the project.

Can I submit my application via snail mail instead of email?
Applications will only be accepted via email to vegmanagement@sonoma-county.org by Sunday, May 16 at 5:00 p.m.

Will the Zoom webinar on Thursday, April 29 be recorded and posted on the website?
Yes, the Zoom webinar will be recorded and posted on the County’s YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/CountyofSonoma/videos) after the event. There will also be a link to the video from the Vegetation Management program webpage.