NBFIP: How Do I Apply?

While it is not required to have a forester to apply for this program, we suggest that applicants get the help of their forester to fill out the application. If you have any questions, you may contact your county’s office for help.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and will be processed for review 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.

NBFIP_Prescriptions_CapRates (pdf)

Video with instructions for filling out the application online: