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Western States Fire Managers (WSFM) Grant

Grants to Nevada Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies,
IHEs, and Landowners for Fire Management Projects

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Nevada Division of Forestry (NDF)

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Grants to Nevada nonprofits, for-profits, agencies, tribes, educational institutions, landownders, and homeowners associations to mitigate the risk of wildfires. Applicants must submit a pre-proposal prior to applying. Funding is specifically for restoring fire-adapted eco-systems, improving mitigation education, and community wildfire protection planning.

NDF is seeking pre-proposals for projects that mitigate wildfire risk within Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) areas. Proposals should address issues identified in Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP) or other wildfire mitigation planning documents, the broad goals within Nevada’s Forest Action Plan, and demonstrate collaborative interagency planning and implementation coupled with citizen ownership.

WSFM projects must be listed in the county’s Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP) or other fire mitigation or fuels assessment document. If not, then one must be completed as part of the project.

While project work can occur on all lands, grant funds can only be used for activities on non-federal lands. Project coordination with the USFS and other public land management agencies is encouraged.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179487

Estimated Size of Grant:

Projects that utilize approximately $205,000 to $292,000 in grant funds are desired.

Term of Contract:

The project time frame is one to three years from the time of funding award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

State and local agencies, tribes, nonprofit organizations, private landowners, homeowner’s associations and educational institutions may apply.

Ineligible Activities:
- Work on federal land, research and any construction activities are not eligible for grant funding. (Construction includes new or improved structures, roads, bridges and culverts, even if in connection to a thinning or restoration project. If these activities are part of the overall project, they can be used as project leverage.)
- WSFM Grants exclude maintenance on previous federally funded fuels projects, preparedness and suppression capacity building (e.g. purchase of fire department equipment), small business start-up funding and GIS/database

Expenses or activities for which recipient cannot be reimbursed:
- Equipment—that costs $5,000 or more and has a life expectancy of at least one year
- Other Activities—Construction, research or activities on federal land
- Note: Activities ineligible for grant funds can be used as project leverage

Pre-Application Information:

- 1/8/19: Announcement of request for WSFM Pre-proposals.
- 3/1/19: WSFM Pre-proposals due to NDF.
- 3/20/19: Advisory Committee Reviews/Ranks WSFM Pre-proposals. Selected proposals developed for final submission.
- 7/19/19: WSFM developed proposals due to NDF for internal review and final edits.
- 8/16/19: Final WSFM Proposals due to NDF program coordinator(s).
- Late August – Early September 2019: NDF submits WSFM Proposals to the Western States Competitive Granting
- October-November 2019: Review Teams score and rank proposals, and make funding recommendations to the USFS Washington Office.
- December 2019: Anticipated funding lists announced for WSFM (funding not guaranteed).
- 7/1/2020: Dependent on congressional appropriations, states receive WSFM funding.
- 7/15/2020: NDF develops partner agreements to begin WSFM project work.

An active DUNS# and signed financial and programmatic assurances are required prior to receipt of funds.

If funded, payments are on a reimbursement basis (after work is successfully completed and paid for by recipient).

A 10% or greater match will be required and must be documented at time of reimbursement for WSFM grants (i.e., 10% of the total amount reimbursed for the grant). Recipient match is preferred. However, if this is not possible, in-kind or cash contributions made by other entities can count toward the match, but must be tracked and reported by recipient.

Contact Information:

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

Email pre-proposal questions and completed form to:

Michael Vollmer, Cooperative Forestry & Fire Supervisor, Community Protection Coordinator

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Nevada