Cal Water Firefighter Grant Program

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Our firefighters work tirelessly to protect our communities and ensure the safety of Californians every single day. While most people run from danger, these brave men and women run toward it. As part of our gratitude for everything our local heroes do, Cal Water has established our Firefighter Grant Program to support and recognize local fire departments. This year, Cal Water will award a total of $175,000 in grants. In the first two years of the program, the average grant award has been $16,000. The maximum grant was $38,000 and the minimum was $5,000. Click the infographic for details of our 2020 grants.

Eligibility Criteria

Uniformed fire departments, whether professional or volunteer, that serve at least a portion of one of Cal Water’s service areas in California are eligible for the Firefighter Grant Program. Individuals are not eligible to receive grants through the program. Grants may be used to offset some or all of the cost for:

  • Personal protective equipment;
  • Firefighting or communications equipment;
  • Training and requisite materials; and
  • Educational materials used to support fire protection efforts.

Application Submission

To begin the application process, please visit the Community Giving Application Portal, hosted by CyberGrants.


The annual grant program is part of California Water Service Group’s stockholder-funded philanthropic giving program, and grants are not paid for through customers’ rates.

Additional Information

Please send any inquiries about the Firefighter Grant Program to