Fire Safe Council
East Orange County Canyons


Now that the Fire Safe Council East Orange County Canyons is an independent organization a separate grant committee will be organized to research and apply for grants specific to our mission statement that will help our community.  

2019-2021  We received a large grant from Cal Fire and California Climate Investments to reduce vegetation and remove dead and dying trees in our area.  Part of this grant is also to improve the fuel modification around the Santiago Estates Community.  More info to come !

Firesafe Council East Orange County Canyons and Santiago Canyon Estates Project is part of the California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing the GHG emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment - particularly in disadvantaged communities.  The Cap-and-Trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution.  California Climate Investments projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling, and much more.  At least 35 percent of these investments are located within and benefiting residents of disadvantaged communities, low-income communities, and low-income households across California.  For more information, visit the California Climate Investments website at:

2019  Southern California Edison and the California Fire Safe Council sponsored our Chipper Days event held in Silverado on Sept 21st.  Every Chipper Days event we hold are tons of vegetation removed and recycled.

2016- 2017:  OCFA received a grant from Cal Fire to reduce fuel loads.  The name of the grant is Vegetation Reduction and Emergency roadside clearance ORC Canyon Communities.   This grant is funded from the High Fire Danger Fee homeowners pay every year.  Our Firesafe Council is  assisting in locating areas for the grant to operate. Volunteer matching hours are needed to complete the work. Update March 2017.  We are helping OCFA to acquire homeowner permissions to reduce fuel loads for this grant.  We are having the permission forms filled out so homeowners can allow access for fuel clearance for private roads and long driveways.    The clearance will not happen until  bird nesting season is complete towards the end of 2017.  Postcards with info and neighbor hood canvassing has started in March 2017. is the contact for more info. FSCEOCC is a partner in education and getting permission forms signed. .

California Fire Safe Council

Grant awarded to perform fuel reduction work along Santiago Canyon Road SR-18. Funding for this project is being provided by a grant from the Cooperative Fire Program of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture Pacific Southwest Region through the California Fire Safe Council (CFSC).  Work completed in 2015.

Orange County Community Foundation

Received from the Orange County Disaster Relief Fund of the Orange County Community Foundation for general operating support.


The grants identified below were awarded to the Fire Safe Council while it was under the Inter-Canyon League umbrella.

Canyon Perimeter Defense Grant

Administered under the California Fire Safe Council the Canyon Perimeter Defense Grant was awarded in the Fall of 2008. Coordinated by Mary Schreiber and Jim Fainer of Silverado, this grant allowed the FSC to host six Chipper Day Events. Provided as a community service to encourage residents to keep their properties clear of overgrown brush by providing chipper equipment and manpower the funds from this grant resulted in the disposal of approximately 567 loads of brush and was in excess of 110 tons of hazardous burnable vegetation.

Dead and Dying Tree Removal Grant

The Inter-Canyon Emergency Hazardous Fuels Removal Grant, managed by Leslie Paskus-Amador, was awarded in 2009 in the amount of $ 250,150.00 by the California Fire Safe Council. After receiving 94 resident applications, Leslie accompanied a wildlife biologist authorized for field studies on local endangered species on visits to each and every property. After a thorough and exhaustive analysis, 64 properties ultimately qualified for work to be completed, although all the residents from Silverado to Trabuco Canyon received indirect benefit by an overall reduction of hazardous brush in our communities.

Red Cross 2007 Southern California Recovery Planning & Assistance Program — CERTS Kits Grant

In February 2010 the Inter-Canyon League received 100 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) backpack kits to be awarded to graduates of the CERT academy. In partnership with the Orange County Fire Authority, the Modjeska Canyon Fire Department conducts an annual six-week CERT training course. Residents completing the course will be able to perform CPR, know how to perform basic home search and rescue operations, understand and know how to access the canyon emergency radio system, know how to make a home and family better prepared for emergencies and how to help a community prepare for and deal with larger emergencies.

Red Cross 2007 Southern California Recovery Planning & Assistance Program — Family Radio Service Grant

In March of 2010 the Inter-Canyon League was the recipient of a grant that provided 520 Family Radio Service (FRS) radios. These radios are available to any canyon resident and will the ability to communicate with each other during disaster events. FRS radios are compact, quality transceivers, similar to walkie-talkies. Distributed by the Fire Safe Council and Canyon Watch groups these FRS radios are a great way to keep in constant touch with neighbors offering the ability to talk, hear, and ring other radios within a short range.

If you have any ideas for grant opportunities please contact Mary Shreiber at