CalFire Launch Grants to Combat Extreme Heat on Schoolyards

For the first time, CalFire is designating funding to improve the natural landscape for schoolyards. The Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s Urban and Community Forestry Program announced $117 million would be available for two Green Schoolyard grants next year. Now through January 13th, you can comment on the grant guidelines to help improve CalFire’s grant-making efforts.

The grant will allow for k-12 public school campuses and nonprofit childcare facilities to have adequate shade from trees to combat extreme heat over areas such as blacktops. Officials say the lack of nature, exposure to excessive heat, and associated number of indoor-only days to avoid the heat affect children’s physical activity and health and their mental health and well-being. Projects through the grant are also intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve the functionality of urban forests, address climate change resilience, and improve the quality of the environment in urban areas.

You can visit the Urban and Community Forestry Grants Program webpage if you wish to learn more or submit a comment on the grant.