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Hazardous Fuel-Community Protection (HF-CP) Grant

Grants to Nevada Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, IHEs, and
Landowners to Reduce Wildfire Risk in Priority Areas

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Nevada Division of Forestry (NDF)

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Grants to Nevada nonprofits, for-profits, government agencies, tribes, educational institutions, and landowners to mitigate the risk of wildfire. Pre-proposals are due February 16. Projects funded under this component must be a community wildfire protection plan priority. 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

Note: HF-CP projects must be on non-federal land, align with, and be adjacent to Forest Service hazard fuel reduction projects. All HF-CP projects are only for reducing hazardous fuels/restoring fire-adapted ecosystems.

Hazardous Fuels - Community Protection (HF-CP) Criteria:
-Project MUST be in CWPP as a priority project
-Project MUST be adjacent to recent, current or planned USFS project on USFS lands

Minimum Criteria for Project Eligibility:
-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.?

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.

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

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182818

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:

Eligible applicants are state and local agencies, tribes, nonprofit organizations, companies, landowners and educational institutions.

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.)
-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 February 16, 2018.

This announcement is to solicit pre-proposals from which projects will be selected for development. NDF will three from HF-CP proposals.

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 late-March for the HF-CP grant. Once NDF approves the full proposals, they will be submitted to western states competitive evaluation committees for selection and award.

-12/21/17: Announce Pre-proposal solicitation
-2/16/18: Pre-proposals due to NDF, NDF Selects for full proposals
-3/2/18: Final Proposal due
-3/12/18: USFS announces selected HF-CP projects for award
-7/2/18: HF-CP funds available for project implementation (if allocated)

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Nevada