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

Forest Restoration and Wildfire Risk Mitigation (FRWRM) Grant

Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS)


Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #139346

Grant 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.

This program provides state support through competitive grant funds that encourage community-level actions across the state for some specific purposes:

  • Reduce the risk of wildfire to people, property and infrastructure in the wildland-urban interface (WUI)
  • Promote forest health and forest restoration projects
  • Encourage use of woody material for traditional forest products and biomass energy

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:

  • 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.
  • 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.

For more information on grant categories, see the following link: https://csfs.colostate.edu/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/2022-2023_FRWRM_Grant_Program_RFA_Round6.pdf#page=2

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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.
- Follow applicable Colorado Forestry Best Management Practices (BMPs). 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)
- Education and outreach efforts that do not directly lead to fuels reduction
- Construction of permanent infrastructure (e.g., of buildings or roads)
- Local, state or federal policy development or advocacy
- Projects undertaken by and benefitting only one individual

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:

Timeline:
- Request for applications (RFA) release – August 17, 2022
- Application deadline – October 19, 2022, by 5:00 pm MDT
- Anticipated pre-award date – January 31, 2023
- Final award/project start date – March 31, 2023
- Project completion deadline – March 31, 2027

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.

RFA: https://csfs.colostate.edu/grants/forest-restoration-wildfire-risk-mitigation/rfa/

Capacity Building Application Instructions: https://csfs.colostate.edu/grants/forest-restoration-wildfire-risk-mitigation/capacity-building-instructions/

Fuel and Forest Health Application Instructions: https://csfs.colostate.edu/grants/forest-restoration-wildfire-risk-mitigation/frwrm-application-instructions-fuels-forest-health/

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$15,000,000

Term of Contract:

Final award/project start date – March 31, 2023
Project completion deadline – March 31, 2027

Contact Information:

Applicants should combine grant application and allowable supporting documents into single pdf and submit via email to their local CSFS Field Office: https://csfs.colostate.edu/areas/

Direct questions to your local CSFS Field Office.

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