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Grants to USA Government Agencies in Multiple States to Reduce the Risk of Wildfires

Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Grant Program


Agency
State

GrantWatch ID#
174573

Funding Source
COUNCIL OF WESTERN STATE FORESTERS
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA: AlaskaArizonaCaliforniaColoradoHawaiiIdahoKansasMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew MexicoNorth DakotaOregonSouth DakotaUtahWashingtonWyoming
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Important Dates
Deadline: 01/18/24 5:00 PM MST Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA government agencies in multiple states and territories to reduce the risk of wildfires. Funding is intended to support activities that reduce hazardous fuels, restore fire-adapted ecosystems, enhance education, and improve prevention, as well as for planning projects that address issues such as community preparedness. Applicants must be located in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Guam, Republic of Palau, American Samoa, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

In the West, funds to mitigate risk from wildland fire within the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) are available and awarded through a competitive process with emphasis on hazard fuel reduction in the WUI, information and education, assessment and planning, and monitoring through community and landowner action. This portion of the National Fire Plan was developed to assist interface communities manage the unique hazards they find around them.

Qualifying Project Types

Reduce Hazardous Fuels / Restore Fire-adapted Ecosystems in the wildland urban interface (WUI):

Fuel reduction projects and vegetation treatments have been identified as a means of mitigating wildfire hazards. Recipients shall facilitate and implement mitigating fuel treatments in or adjacent to identified fire prone communities to reduce the threat of wildfire to communities. These are projects that remove or modify fuels in and/or adjacent to WUI development. Effective fuels mitigation treatments can be implemented across jurisdictional boundaries, on adjoining private lands, or within the respective communities. Projects of this type include fuel breaks, thinning, pruning, landscape modifications, etc.

The overall purpose is to modify or break up the fuels in such a way as to lessen catastrophic fire and its threat to public and firefighter safety and damage to property. Another way to prevent future large, catastrophic wildfires from threatening communities is by carrying out appropriate treatments (such as prescribed burning or thinning) to restore and rehabilitate forest and grassland health in and adjacent to the WUI. Such treatments have reduced the severity of wildfires, and may have additional desirable outcomes, such as providing sustainable environmental, social and economic benefits. 

Examples of projects that qualify (not all inclusive):

  • Defensible space around homes and structures
  • Shaded fuel breaks
  • Fuels reduction beyond defensible space adjacent to WUI areas
  • Removal of slash including piling and burning; mulching; grinding; etc.
  • Prescribed fire
  • Thinning
  • Maintenance of non-federally funded fuels projects (explain in application narrative)
  • Monitoring components of projects for effectiveness
Improve Prevention/Education in the Interface:

Recipients can provide leadership to coordinate, develop, and distribute wildland urban interface education programs in association with insurance companies, communities, local government agencies, and other partners. Informational and educational projects must target mitigation of risk and prevention of loss. Projects should lead to the use or establishment of one or more fire program elements such as fire safety codes, implementation of Firewise practices, establishing local fire safe councils, and fuels treatments within fire prone communities. Projects should be concise and clearly demonstrate deliverables and measures of success of prevention/education activities.

Examples of projects that qualify (not all inclusive):

  • Firewise or similar programs
  • Fire education components to Project Learning Tree
  • Pamphlets, brochures, handouts

Planning:

Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs) are created by local communities and may address issues such as wildfire response, hazard mitigation, community preparedness, structure protection, or a combination of the above. The process of developing these plans can help a community clarify and refine its priorities for the protection of life, property, and critical infrastructure in the wildland-urban interface. The Healthy Forest Restoration Act (HFRA) minimum requirements for a CWPP are: 1) Collaboration (must be developed with community members, local and state government representatives in collaboration with federal agencies and other interested stakeholders), 2) Prioritized Fuel Reduction (plan must identify and prioritize areas for hazardous fuel reduction treatments and recommend the types and methods of treatment), and 3) Treatment of Structural Ignitability (must recommend measures that homeowners and communities can take to reduce the ignitability of structures throughout the area addressed in the plan).

For Planning project examples, see https://www.westernforesters.org/sites/default/files/FY_2024_WSFM_WUI_Grant_Instructions_to_States_V2_0.pdf#page=3.



Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Only state/Pacific Island government agencies/organizations can submit applications for the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Grant Program. All other applicants must submit their forms to their appropriate state/Pacific Island government agency/organization.

The application must be submitted by the state/island forestry organization. Funding is delivered through and managed by state/island forestry organizations.

Additional Geographic Information:

Western State Fire Managers Member List: https://www.westernforesters.org/about/committees-networks/western-state-fire-managers

Ineligible
Examples of Projects that DO NOT Qualify (not all inclusive):
- Maintenance on previous federally funded fuels projects
- Preparedness and suppression capacity building; such as purchase of fire department
equipment (try VFA, DHS and FEMA grant programs)
- Small business start-up funding
- Research and development projects (try Economic Action Program)
- GIS and database systems that are not related to the West Wide Wildfire Risk Assessment
- Construction/Infrastructure (building remodel, bridges, road construction, water development)

Funds cannot be used on federal lands.

Pre-Application Information
All applications must be submitted to the online portal by the state/island forestry agency by 5pm MST on Thursday, January 18, 2024.

Each state/island will set its own internal deadlines for its cooperators and partners applications so that they may be reviewed and prioritized at the state level before submission.

Project proposals must consider all elements required to implement treatments on the ground, which includes acquiring the necessary permits and consultations needed to complete plans and assessments, as well as treatment prescriptions and measures of success.

There is a 50/50 match requirement.

Please contact the Western State Fire Manager (WSFM) in your state/Pacific Island for more information on how to participate in the WUI Grant Program.

Estimated Size of Grant
Each grant request is limited to a maximum of $300,000.

No state/island will receive more than 15% of the funds available in the west.

Contact Information
For questions about the WUI Grant Program, please contact Leena Visnak: lvisnak@westernforesters.org

CWSF
2255 Sheridan Blvd, Suite C-327
Edgewater, CO 80214
303-893-0365
info@westernforesters.org

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