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State Fire Assistance (SFA) / Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Grant

Grants to Arizona Fire Departments, Agencies, Nonprofits,
and IHEs to Improve Wildfire Response and Protection Planning

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Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management (DFFM)

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08/18/17 Receipt


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Grants to Arizona fire departments, fire districts, government agencies, IHEs, and nonprofit organizations to protect communities against wildfires. Applications will be considered in the areas of education and information, hazard fuels reduction, and community wildfire protection planning.

Qualifying project types include the following:

1) 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. 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.

Examples of projects that DO 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
-Maintenance of non-federally funded fuels projects (explain in application narrative)
-Monitoring components of projects for effectiveness

2) 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 safety 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 DO qualify (not all inclusive):
-Firewise or similar programs
-Living with Fire newspaper inserts
-Fire education components to Project Learning Tree
-Pamphlets, brochures, handouts

3) 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). A copy of the CWPP Handbook can be found at Planning projects or components of projects may also include Forest Action Plan updates or accomplishments of the Cohesive Wildfire Strategy Goals.

Examples of projects that DO qualify (not all inclusive):
-Creation of/or update to CWPP/hazard mitigation plans or equivalent document.
-Priority projects listed in existing CWPPs covering the above criteria.

Note: If applying for funds to update an existing CWPP be sure to address the following in your application:
-Accomplishments: Explain what projects identified in the original CWPP have been completed.
-Collaboration: Identify new partners and stakeholders along with updated contact information.
-Prioritized Fuel Reduction: Identify and prioritize new hazardous fuels reduction projects, the method of treatments to be employed, and how these projects address any changes to the community objectives and values at risk.
-Treatment of Structural Ignitability: Explain new or additional measures to be implemented to reduce homeowner and/or community ignitability of structures.

Grant Considerations:

Applications will be evaluated using the criteria and instructions identified in this document. The highest priority projects will then be selected and incorporated into the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management application submitted to the Forest Service. The following considerations will serve as major criteria in determining grant awards. Additional guidance is offered within the included Application Instructions:

-Projects are in areas of Arizona that are at highest risk from wildland fire.

-Have the greatest impact per grant by addressing the greatest need as measured by the number of landowners impacted and number of acres treated. Organizations considering projects that are smaller in scope are encouraged to collaborate with other communities or organizations to develop projects that have a greater impact. For assistance with collaboration opportunities, please contact the Arizona State Forestry District Manager in your area.

-Proposal clearly describes how the budget will be spent to meet the project goals and objectives.

-Application clearly describes the challenges and issues that articulate why the project is important.

-Identifies a clear link to an existing community plan (CWPP) and is consistent with Arizona’s Forest Action Plan.

-Project is well-defined and measurable – and clearly defines how the project will be accomplished.

-Project landscape is clearly described. Application clearly defines the scale of the project including relationships with past, present, and future projects.

-Are cooperative in nature, involve multiple communities, or provide collaborative opportunities for individual communities and landowner groups.

-Future project maintenance planned without reliance on additional federal or state funding.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173635

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will be limited to a maximum of $250,000 per project.

Term of Contract:

Projects are expected to start soon after awards are finalized in 2018, and projects that can be initiated quickly after award will be given a priority.

Funding for successful projects is expected by mid-2018 to support project implementation beginning that fall.

Projects should be fully achievable within 2 years from award date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible organizations include Arizona fire departments and fire districts, governments (state, county, local, etc), universities, and nonprofit (501(c)3) organizations. Individuals and for-profit companies are not eligible.

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)

Pre-Application Information:

No more than 50% of the total project budget may be funded by the grant. At least 50% of the total project must be provided by the sub-recipient using non-federal funds or resources. The matching share can be actual dollars spent on the project or In-kind contributions (such as volunteer time or donated equipment and labor.)

Depending on availability of funds, some projects may be offered only partial funding.

Once awarded, grant funds are dispersed on a reimbursement basis.

Project proposals for the 2018 grant cycle are due by August 18, 2017.

Award announcements are anticipated in spring or summer of 2018.

Contact Information:

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

For questions about the program, please email:

State Grants Office - Phoenix:
Josh Hudson, Lead Grant Specialist

Fuels Management Office:

Terry Hudson, Hazardous Fuels Manager

Northern District - Flagstaff:
Aaron Green, District Manager

Northeast District - Lakeside:
Gene Beaudoin, District Manager

Southeast District - Tucson:
Steve Millert, District Manager

Central District - Phoenix:
Dan Colgan, District Manager

Northwest District - Chino Valley:
Russ Shumate, District Manager

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arizona