NBFIP: How Do I Apply?
First and foremost, check out this helpful video where RPF Jason Wells of Sonoma RCD goes line by line to describe the application (Note: some parts of the application have since changed but the main elements remain intact). While there have been changes to the program since this video was made, applicants will still find it useful. Please make sure you are reading the updated information about NBFIP on our other webpages.
While it is not required to work with a forester when applying for the Project Implementation portion of this program, we suggest that applicants get the help of their forester or local RCD forestry specialist if they have technical questions about their proposed project. Visit our Contacts page to find your local RCD and forestry specialist.
When applying for a Forest Management Plan through this program, it IS required that you work with a Registered Professional Forester (RPF). For instructions on applying for an FMP or finding a Forester, please visit this page.
The NBFIP Project Implementation application will be open for two cycles each year, with applications being reviewed in September/October and March/April. Applicants will be notified of their program status within a month of the application closing.
FMP applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Please note: A landowner cannot apply for both an FMP and project implementation within the same application cycle.
Applications are accepted and reviewed in two batching periods. Batch 1 begins in March and Batch 2 begins in September of each program year. Applicants will be notified of their program status (accepted or denied) in April (Batch 1) and October (Batch 2) of each program year. The incentive funds available each cycle is limited to $200,000 for implementation activities and $75,000 for technical assistance. Only disadvantaged communities are eligible for technical assistance through NBFIP. The following two resources can be utilized for locating disadvantaged and severely disadvantaged communities:
Community FactFinder from Parks for California (Be sure to check the layer “Disadvantaged Community” on the map)
DAC Mapping Tool from CA State Water Board (Be sure to check the layer “Disadvantaged Communities -Block Groups (2018)”)
Your local RCD may have other technical assistance opportunities available to you. Contact your county’s office for more information. If your application was not accepted in one cycle due to limited funds, please indicate in your application that you would like your project to be considered again in the following cycle. Batching periods are every spring and fall.
If you are not eligible or are unsure about your eligibility, but would still like to request help with forestry activities, get in touch with your county contact.