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Western States Fire Managers (WSFM) Grant

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

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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Nevada Division of Forestry (NDF)

LOI Date:

03/02/18

Deadline Date:

07/09/18

Description:

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Grants to Nevada nonprofits, for-profits, government agencies, tribes, educational institutions, and landowners to improve wildfire management on non-federal lands. Pre-proposals are due March 2. Projects may involve hazardous fuel reduction, restoration of fire-adapted ecosystems, community wildfire protection planning, and improving mitigation education.

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. Emphasis is on hazardous fuel reduction, restoration of fire-adapted ecosystems, mitigation education within the WUI, and community wildfire protection planning.

The types of allowed projects focus on achieving these goals through:
-Reducing Hazardous Fuels and Restoring Fire-adapted Ecosystems
-Improving Mitigation Education in the Interface
-Community Wildfire Protection Planning

Western States Fire Managers Criteria:
-Project MUST be in CWPP or Propose to Complete a CWPP as part of the project
-Project NOT ownership adjacent specific

Minimum Criteria Checklist:
-Is the project in an area identified specifically in the Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) or Nevada Forest Action Plan (FAP)? If not, will the CWPP be updated to include the project prior to competitive grant review submission? For WSFM applications, will the CWPP update or creation be a part of the project as required?
-Can a copy of the page from the CWPP that the project or priority area is listed on be provided?
-Can a map (in pdf format) be provided of project area where work will occur with associated geographic descriptors; i.e., north arrow, prominent features, approximate project location/boundary, etc.?

Project Purpose and Location:
-LSR should address local or statewide forest or rangeland resource issues, and broad goals and strategies in Nevada’s Forest Action Plan (State Wide Forest Resource Assessment) within the project’s priority landscape area.
-WSFM projects must be listed in the county’s CWPP or other fire mitigation or fuels assessment document. If not, then one must be completed as part of the project.
-HF-CP projects must be located adjacent to planned or recently implemented projects on USFS lands and be a CWPP specified project.
-Collaboration among multiple entities on the project is important and encouraged

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

Pre-Proposal Requirements:
Successful pre-proposals start with well-planned project ideas. Project pre-proposals that clearly address a pressing need or issue in an efficient, timely and cost-effective manner are most likely to be selected for full proposal development. Pre-proposals should be for specific projects not merely concepts. Projects ready or near ready to implement will compete better.

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, companies, landowners and educational institutions may apply.

A DUNS# is required to receive funding

Who Can Apply:
-Any County with proof the project is identified in a CWPP
-Local or state governments with proof the project is in a CWPP and they have capacity to manage project
-Any accredited nonprofit or company with proof the project is in a CWPP and they have capacity to manage project
-Landowners that have private lands where community protection projects specified in CWPP are going to be implemented

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 and HF-CP 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 development.

Pre-Application Information:

Projects that leverage resources through partnerships and are designed to be sustainable will improve competitiveness among regional applicants.

NDF will require the applicant to show in-kind or hard/cash match (at least 10%). Higher amounts of match will increase the probably of grant selection for full proposal development. To increase ownership in projects landowners should be encouraged to participate not only in planning but in implementation which will increase match, instill responsibility and increase project sustainability through owner maintenance. Match cannot come from a federal source and needs to be for work directly on the project. Match can include training hours valued at an accepted rate and donated labor/equipment. Hard match is actual dollars spent other than federal grant funds within the specified scope of work.

The deadline for pre-proposals is March 2, 2018.

NDF will work with successful applicants to develop full grant proposals for the western competition. The goal is to have full grant proposals completed by July 2017. Once NDF approves the full proposals, they will be submitted to western states competitive evaluation committees for selection and award. If they are selected for funding by the evaluation committee, then they will be made into formal recommendations for Congressional budget allocation. If Congress allocates the necessary funds to fulfill the grant recommendations, those funds will be received by NDF in the spring of the year following that of the application submission.

Timeline:
-12/21/17: Announce Pre-proposal solicitation
-3/2/18: Pre-proposals due to NDF
-3/16/18: Pre-proposals selected for full proposal development
-7/9/18: Developed proposals due to NDF for review
-8/6/18: Final proposal edits due to NDF
-8/31/18: NDF submits WSFM grants to western competition
-October-November: Western teams score applications
-December: Funding selection announced
-7/1/2019: If Congress allocates funds, states receive funding
-7/15/2019: NDF and partner agreements developed, projects begin

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

Contact Information:

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

Ryan Shane
775-684-2511
rshane@forestry.nv.gov

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Nevada