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MCFSC Fire Safety Micro-Grant History

MCFSC Fire Safety Micro-Grant History 

In 2022, the MCFSC initiated the Fire Safety Micro-Grant program, dedicated to bolstering the endeavors of Neighborhood Fire Safe Councils (NFSCs) and fire agencies in advancing their fire safety objectives across Mendocino County. Annually, the Micro-Grant program invites applications from local groups, fostering a sense of community engagement.

The program’s impact surged in 2023 and 2024, thanks to the generous $50,000 matching grant from the PG&E corporation. Grants have ranged from $2,000 – $10,000 over the years and have made a crucial impact for local initiatives. 

Emphasizing the importance of local collaboration and proactive planning, MCFSC’s Micro-Grants go beyond mere monetary assistance. They serve as catalysts for local coordination, organization, and action, igniting a spirit of volunteerism dedicated to community safety. Simultaneously, these grants play a vital role in fortifying relationships within and between Neighborhood Fire Safe Councils (NFSCs) and fire departments.

Since its inception in 2022, the MCFSC has allocated $250,000 to local NFSCs and fire agencies in the County through the Micro-Grant program. Explore some of the stories below to discover the impactful projects that have unfolded throughout the years, showcasing Mendocino Counties enduring commitment to fire safety and community well-being.

2023 Project Spotlight: Anderson Valley Prescribed Burn

Controlled burning of accumulated dead vegetation replicates nature’s way of preventing wildfires from becoming the devastating catastrophic events we’ve experienced in recent years.
 
The Mendocino County Prescribed Burn Association has been collaborating with the Anderson Valley Fire Department on increasing wildfire safety through prescribed burns in strategically selected areas. One of the Micro-Grants that we awarded in 2023 paid for AVFD’s purchase of a 5’x8’ trailer to store and transport their equipment to burn locations and defensible-space worksites.

Here is what they had to say, “This process has been easy to navigate. The MCFSC staff are supportive and knowledgeable.”

2023 Project Spotlight: McNab Fire Safe Council

Thanks to a $4,000 Micro-Grant awarded in 2023, the Neighborhood Fire Safe Council at McNab Ranch, a large rural subdivision between Ukiah and Hopland, has purchased and installed new reflective road and address signs!

These signs will help first responders locate residences and find their way even in dark and smoky conditions, while also helping evacuate residents and visitors who may be unfamiliar with McNab’s many miles of winding dirt roads.

Their larger effort also included working with the County and the Hopland Volunteer Fire Department to change legal road names, create accurate maps, plan emergency routes, and other aspects of making navigation on McNab Ranch clearer and easier.

To learn more about projects funded under the 2022 Micro-Grant program, check out our very cool interactive story map by clicking the button below!

MCFSC’s 2022 micro-grants helped local groups achieve many small but strategic priorities; funded projects included: installation of water tanks along Bell Springs Road; evacuation signage along Black Bart Road; water-system infrastructure for the Comptche Fire Department; a large water tank for Redwood Coast Fire Protection District; defensible space education in Laytonville; purchase of Knox Locks for the Hopland Fire Department; mobile mapping for the South Coast Fire Protection District; purchase of fuel-reduction equipment by the Westport Fire Department; and pond-water piping to Signal Ridge Road in Anderson Valley.