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Forest Restoration and Wildfire Risk Mitigation (FRWRM) Grant

Grants to Colorado Nonprofits, Agencies, and Groups
to Reduce Wildfire Risk and to Promote Forest Health

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS)

Deadline Date:

10/23/19 5:00 PM MST

Description:

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Grants to Colorado nonprofit organizations, government agencies, public and private utilities, and community groups for community-scale initiatives to reduce the risk of wildfire in the wildland-urban interface. Funding is also intended for projects that promote forest health and restoration, and projects that encourage the utilization of woody material for traditional forest products and biomass energy. All grant funds must be utilized on non-federal land within the state of Colorado.

The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) is accepting Forest Restoration and Wildfire Risk Mitigation (FRWRM) grant applications for 1) fuels and forest health projects, and 2) capacity building projects on non-federal lands in Colorado. 

This competitive grant program is designed to assist with funding community-level actions across the entire state to: reduce the risk to people, property and infrastructure from wildfire in the wildland-urban interface (WUI); promote forest health and the utilization of woody material including for traditional forest products and biomass energy; and encourage forest restoration projects.

The two types of projects identified below will be considered through this grant program:

  1. Fuels and Forest Health Projects must: a) strategically reduce the potential risk for damage to property, infrastructure, water supplies and other high-valued assets as a result of wildfire and/or limit the probability of wildfires spreading into populated areas; and b) promote forest health through scientifically based forestry practices that restore ecosystem functions, structures and species composition.
  2. Capacity Building Projects to purchase equipment that will address unmet implementation needs at the local level also will be considered. Capacity grant applications should clearly describe how the equipment will be used and maintained to implement fuels treatments beyond the life of the initial project. Implementation capacity grants will be limited to 25 percent of the total available grant funds. 

Applications must meet the following criteria:

  1. Reduce Hazardous Fuels: Successful project applicants shall facilitate and implement strategic fuels treatment in Colorado at a meaningful scale in WUI areas at risk to wildfire.
  2. Promote Forest Health: Projects should incorporate forest restoration and management techniques, based on current science and applicable to
    the forest type(s) being treated. 
  3. Utilize Forest Products/Woody Materials: Project applicants must include in their proposal a defined plan for removing and utilizing forest products/woody materials generated by the project, including as traditional forest products and/or biomass energy products. 
  4. Support Implementation Capacity Through the Purchase of Equipment (for Capacity Building grants only): Up to 25 percent of this program’s total available grant funds are allowable to fund the purchase of equipment that will increase current and future implementation capacity for hazardous fuels reduction

Additional emphasis will be given to projects that contain the elements listed below:

  • Leveraged Resources and Collaboration
  • Partnerships with Youth or Veterans’ Groups
  • Protection of Water Supplies

More information about grant program criteria can be found at https://csfs.colostate.edu/media/sites/22/2019/08/2019-2020_FRWRM_Grant_Program_Request_for_Applications.pdf#page=2.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 139346

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,000,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

An individual request may not exceed $250,000 of program grant funding.

Term of Contract:

- Successful applicants will receive final award approval with approximate project start date on June 1, 2020.
- Project completion deadline – June 1, 2023

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following individuals, organizations or entities may apply:
- Local community groups, including registered homeowner associations and formal neighborhood associations, that are within close proximity to the WUI;
- Local government entities including counties, municipalities, and special districts in or within close proximity to the WUI;
- Public or private utilities, including water providers, with infrastructure or land ownership in areas of high risk to catastrophic wildfires;
- State agencies, such as the State Land Board and Colorado Parks and Wildlife, that own land in areas of high risk to catastrophic wildfires; and
- Non-profit groups that promote hazardous forest fuel reduction treatment projects in partnership with local, state or private entities.

In addition, all applicants must:
- Be able to function as the fiscal agent and have legal authority to administer and/or implement treatments on proposed project area(s).
- Confirm that participating landowner(s) agree to reporting and monitoring requirements.
- Comply with all applicable federal and state environmental laws.

Examples of projects that do not qualify for this grant program:
- Capacity building for fire preparedness and suppression (e.g., the purchase of fire department equipment)
- Creation of, or updates to, Community Wildfire Protection Plans or other planning efforts
- Construction of permanent infrastructure (e.g., of buildings or roads)
- Local, state or federal policy development or advocacy
- Projects undertaken by and benefiting only one individual homeowner/landowner
- Increased staffing or related capacity building for collaborative and/or community groups

(Note: Grant funds cannot be used for volunteer labor, homeowner labor, personnel coordination or grant administration activities such as compiling paperwork; however, those activities are valuable and can be considered as match.)

Specific requirements for fuels and forest health projects can be found at https://csfs.colostate.edu/media/sites/22/2019/08/2019-2020_FRWRM_Grant_Instructions_Score_Sheet_Fuels_Forest_Health_Projects.pdf#page=2.

Specific requirements for capacity building projects can be found at https://csfs.colostate.edu/media/sites/22/2019/08/2019-2020_FRWRM_Grant_Instructions_Score_Sheet_Capacity_Building.pdf#page=2.

Pre-Application Information:

2019-2020 Grant Cycle Timeline:
- Request for applications (RFA) release – Monday, Aug. 26, 2019
- Application deadline – Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, by 5:00 pm MST
- Anticipated pre-award date – Feb. 1, 2020
- Final award/project start date – June 1, 2020
- Project completion deadline – June 1, 2023

Applications should be electronically submitted (i.e., by e-mail). Hard copies will not be accepted.

Note: Separate application forms are available for fuels and forest health projects and capacity building projects.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact local CSFS Field Offices for support and guidance in developing projects and applications.

All applications will be required to demonstrate an ability to match the requested amount on a dollar-for-dollar basis with either cash, in-kind contributions, or a combination of cash and in-kind contributions. The match may be in the form of private, state or federal support for the project. State funds may be used as match; however, no more than 50 percent of the applicant’s matching funds can come from another state funding source. An exception is made if the applicant is a state agency, where more than 50 percent of matching funds can then come from a state source. In-kind contributions must be clearly quantified and justified in the budget narrative section of the grant application. In-kind contributions may consist of donated supplies, equipment, or volunteer time/sweat equity (based on hourly value).

Successful applicants will be reimbursed for actual (cash) costs incurred in implementing the project after the following requirements: 1) completion of project activities outlined in approved award letter, 2) providing documentation that project funds have been matched at a minimum ratio of 1:1, 3) submittal of reports and reimbursement paperwork, and 4) completion of project inspections conducted by the CSFS.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit applications to your local CSFS District office:
https://csfs.colostate.edu/areas/

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