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Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Grant Program

Grants to Multiple USA States and Territories
Government Agencies to Respond to Wildfire Hazards

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Funding Source:

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Council of Western State Foresters

Deadline Date:

09/14/18 Midnight

Description:

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Grants to eligible USA states and territories government agencies to improve capacity to respond to wildfires. Eligible applicants are located in the Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, The Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, and Republic of Palau.

Only state/Pacific Island government agencies/organizations can submit applications for the Wildland Urban Interface Grant Program. All other applicants must submit their forms to their appropriate state/Pacific Island government agency/organization by the deadline established by each state/Pacific Island government agency/organization given to them.

Criteria and Instructions to States/Island Territories:

In the West, funds to mitigate risk from wildland fire within the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) are available and awarded through a competitive process with emphasis on hazard fuel reduction in the WUI, information and education, assessment and planning, and monitoring through community and landowner action. Funding is delivered through and managed by state/island forestry organizations.

This portion of the National Fire Plan was developed to assist interface communities manage the unique hazards they find around them. In addition to the National Fire Plan, the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy brings forward the goals of Restoring Resilient Landscapes, Fire Adapted Communities, and Response to Wildland Fires; the Western Forestry Leadership Coalition strategies of Conserve, Protect, and Enhance are incorporated into individual states Forest Action Plans.

Reducing wildfire risk in the west will be strongly influenced by the ability to collaborate across ownership boundaries and implement projects on a landscape scale.

Not less than 70% of the funding available will be allocated to hazardous fuel reduction projects.

Grant Criteria:

Qualifying Project Types:

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 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
-Thinning
-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 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 www.stateforesters.org/node/850. 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 qualify (not all inclusive):

-Creation of/or update to CWPP/hazard mitigation plans or equivalent document.

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.

-Priority projects listed in existing CWPPs covering the above criteria.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174573

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each grant request is limited to a maximum of $300,000. Applications over $300,000 will be considered ineligible.

No state/island will receive more than 15% of the funds available in the west.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The application must be submitted by the state/island forestry organization.

Only state/Pacific Island government agencies/organizations can submit applications for the Wildland Urban Interface Grant Program. All other applicants must submit their forms to their appropriate state/Pacific Island government agency/organization by the deadline established by each state/Pacific Island government agency/organization given to them.

Funds cannot be used on federal lands.

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:

Deadline: Friday, September 14, 2018 by midnight.

Applicants must meet the 50/50 match requirement. If not the application will be considered ineligible.

Please contact the Western State Fire Manager (WSFM) in your state/Pacific Island for more information on how to participate in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Grant Program.

More information can be found by visiting:
http://www.forestrygrants.org/

The FY 2019 grant process​ will open for applications on June 18, 2018. Please note that this date is slightly later than the originally anticipated start date due to a technical issue with the grant entry online site. All grants must be submitted no later than Friday, September 14, 2018 by midnight.

Each state/island will set its own internal deadlines for its cooperators and partners applications so that they may be reviewed and prioritized at the state level before submission. Please pay close attention to the deadline and any special instructions for your application that has been set by your representative state/island.

Applications must be submitted by the state/island forestry organization. The state/island organization will be listed in Box 1 (Applicant Information) on the online application.

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 grants programs please contact:

Kristin Garrison
Fire/Fuels Management
Colorado State Forest Service
5060 Campus Delivery
Ft. Collins, CO 80523

970-491-7287 / Cell: 303-726-6721
kristin.garrison@colostate.edu

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alaska;   Arizona;   California;   Colorado;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Kansas;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Mexico;   North Dakota;   Oregon;   South Dakota;   Utah;   Washington;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)