United States Department of Agriculture - CWD
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- Public Safety
- Community Improvement, Capacity Building
- Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other
Maximum Grant Amount
The United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, is accepting applications to the Community Wildfire Defense Grant program.
There are two categories of projects that can be applied for and will be evaluated separately:
- For Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) Development or Revision: One of the fundamental building blocks in creating a fire adapted community is the development, adoption and continuous use of a well-prepared CWPP. In some cases, a community may choose to utilize a FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plan or Tribal hazard mitigation plan with a wildfire component that meets the same objectives of a CWPP.
- For project implementation: The project must be described in a Community Wildfire Protection Plan that is not more than 10-years old.
Priority will be given to projects that:
- Are located in an area identified as having a high or very high wildfire hazard potential;
- Benefit a low-income community; or
- Are located in a community impacted by a severe disaster within the previous 10 years which increased wildfire risk and/or hazard.
The maximum amount of Federal funding awarded to any one community or Tribe via this competitive process is:
- $250,000 for the creation or updating of a Community Wildfire Protection Plan.
- $10 million for a project described within a Community Wildfire Protection Plan less than 10 years old.
For planning purposes, the total Federal funding available through the CWDG competitive process could be up to $250 million for this second round.
10% non-Federal match for proposals to develop or update a Community Wildfire Protection Plan.
25% non-federal match for proposals to implement projects described within a Community Wildfire Protection Plan.
Match waiver request available for communities meeting the definition of underserved, nationally recognized Tribes, and Pacific Islands.
Entities eligible to apply for at-risk communities for funding under the CWDG include:
- Units of local governments representing communities located in an area with a risk of wildfires,
- Indian Tribes (please apply through either the Indian Tribes/Alaska Native Corporations specific notice or the applicable regional notice),
- Non-profit organizations including homeowner associations that assist such communities,
- State forestry agencies (including U.S. territories and interests), and
- Alaska Native Corporations (please apply through either the Indian Tribes/Alaska Native Corporations specific notice or the applicable regional notice).
Grant information was last reviewed by our staff on 8/7/2023
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