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Forest Restoration and Wildfire Risk Mitigation (FRWRM) Grant

Grants to Colorado Nonprofits, Agencies, and
Community Groups to Reduce the Risk of Wildfires

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS)

Deadline Date:

05/19/21 5:00 PM MST

Description:

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Grants to Colorado nonprofit organizations, agencies, public and private utilities, and community groups for projects to reduce the risk of wildfires. Funding is intended for projects addressing fuels and forest health and associated capacity-building needs. The purpose of the program is to support long-term ecological restoration, promote forest health, and reduce risks associated with wildfires.

The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) is accepting Forest Restoration and Wildfire Risk Mitigation (FRWRM) grant applications for projects on non-federal lands in Colorado for the purposes of:

  1. Fuels and forest health projects: 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: 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 ($1,500,000 available in 2021 grant cycle).

The purpose of this grant program is to assist with reducing wildfire risk to people and property in the WUI and to promote forest health and support long-term ecological restoration. Applications must meet the following criteria:

  1. Reduce Hazardous Fuels
  2. Promote Forest Health
  3. Utilize Forest Products/Woody Materials
  4. Support Implementation Capacity Through the Purchase of Equipment (for Capacity Building grants only)

Additional program information can be found at https://csfs.colostate.edu/media/sites/22/2021/04/2021-FRWRM-Grant-Program-RFA_Round5.pdf#page=1.

More information about Grant Program Criteria can be found at https://csfs.colostate.edu/media/sites/22/2021/04/2021-FRWRM-Grant-Program-RFA_Round5.pdf#page=2

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 139346

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$6,000,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

An individual request may not exceed $1,000,000 of program grant funding.

Term of Contract:

Successful applicants will receive final award approval with approximate project start date on August 16, 2021.

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, fire protection districts and other 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 or are engaged in firefighting or fire management activities.

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. Applicable Colorado Forestry Best Management Practices (BMPs) are required for project implementation, and can be found here: http://static.colostate.edu/client-files/csfs/pdfs/ForestryBMP-CO-2010.pdf. Use of other BMP standards or guidelines must be reviewed and approved by the local CSFS Field Office.

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

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.

Pre-Application Information:

2021 Grant Cycle Timeline:
- Request for applications (RFA) release – April 7, 2021
- Application deadline – May 19, 2021, by 5:00 pm MDT
- Anticipated pre-award date – July 19, 2021
- Final award/project start date – August 16, 2021
- Project completion deadline – September 30, 2025

Matching contributions 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.

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

County-Level Coordination: Applicants must coordinate proposed projects with relevant county officials to ensure consistency with county-level wildfire risk reduction planning. The application should identify which officials were consulted, and the outcome of those discussions. All grant applications must include a letter signed by a county official indicating support for the project.

All applicants must contribute matching funds in an amount of at least 25% (if in an area of fewer economic resources) or 50% (if not in an area of fewer economic resources) of the total project cost, including through in-kind sources.

Contact Information:

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

Applicants should electronically submit (i.e., by e-mail) applications to their local CSFS Field Office: https://csfs.colostate.edu/areas/

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