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Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and Tribes in Multiple States for Projects to Prevent Wildfires

Community Wildfire Defense Grant - Northeast-Midwest States


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
CFDA Number: 10.720
Funding or PIN Number: USDA-FS-2023-CWDG-NEMW
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Geographic Focus
USA: ConnecticutDelawareIllinoisIndianaIowaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMissouriNew HampshireNew JerseyNew York CityNew YorkOhioPennsylvaniaRhode IslandVermontWashington, DCWest VirginiaWisconsin

Important Dates
Deadline: 10/31/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and tribes in multiple states for projects to prevent wildfires. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to several weeks to complete. Applicants in the following states are eligible to apply: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, DC, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

The purpose of the Community Wildfire Defense Grant is to assist at-risk local communities and Indian Tribes with planning for and mitigating against the risk created by wildfire. This program is authorized in Public Law 117-58, ‘‘An Act to authorize funds for Federal-aid highways, highway safety programs, and transit programs, and for other purposes,’’ commonly referred to as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Specifically, the CWDG is provided for in Title VIII, Section 40803 of that Act. There are two primary project types for which the grant provides funding: The development and revising of Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP), and the implementation of projects described in a CWPP that is less than ten years old. The Act prioritizes at-risk communities that are in an area identified as having high or very high wildfire hazard potential, are low-income, and/or have been impacted by a severe disaster. More details on these three priorities can be found in this NOFO. 

The CWDG helps communities in the wildland urban interface (WUI) implement the three goals of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy (Cohesive Strategy):

  • Resilient Landscapes: Landscapes, regardless of jurisdictional boundaries, are resilient to fire, insect, disease, invasive species, and climate change disturbances, in accordance with management objectives.
  • Fire Adapted Communities: Human populations and infrastructure are as prepared as possible to receive, respond to, and recover from wildland fire.
  • Safe, Effective, Risk-based Wildfire Response: All jurisdictions participate in making and implementing safe, effective, efficient risk-based wildfire management decisions.

Eligible applicants may apply for grant funding for a project proposal to be conducted on lands with the following ownership types, provided the project proposal directly reduces wildfire risk to a community:

a. Private lands,

b. Local governments,

c. Homeowner associations,

d. State government, and

e. Tribal/Alaska native corporation (includes Trust lands). 

Priority will be given to project proposals that:

  • Are located in an area identified as having a high or very high wildfire hazard potential;
  • Benefit a low-income community; or
  • Are located in a community impacted by a severe disaster within the previous 10 years. 

For more information about eligible projects, see Page 6 of the RFP document listed in Supporting Documents, below.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Entities eligible to apply for funding under the CWDG include:
a. Units of local governments representing communities located in an area with a risk of wildfires,
b. Indian Tribes (please apply through either the Indian Tribes/Alaska Native Corporations specific notice or the applicable regional notice),
c. Non-profit organizations including homeowner associations that assist such communities,
d. State forestry agencies (including U.S. territories and interests), and
e. Alaska Native Corporations (please apply through either the Indian Tribes/Alaska Native Corporations specific notice or the applicable regional notice).

This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is for projects that will be carried out within the footprint of the Northeast-Midwest States (Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin) and the District of Columbia. Indian Tribes/Alaska Native Corporations in this regional footprint can apply through either this notice or the Indian Tribes/Alaska Native Corporations specific notice.

For-profit entities are not eligible to apply for this funding opportunity.

Lands administered by the federal government are not eligible for this funding opportunity with the exception of lands held in trust for Native American Tribes and individuals (hereinafter Trust lands).

For more information about ineligible projects, see Page 6 of the Supporting Documents, below.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Applicant Webinars for CWDG Round 2 have been scheduled as follows. The application process in Round 2 is the same for all applicants (versus Round 1 where there were different processes for different regions), and any applicant in any region, area, or Tribe may attend any webinar, they will all have the same content, however, the August 10 Webinar will be more focused on Tribal applications and Q&A.

To attend a webinar, please register in advance by clicking on the link following each date:

August 4, 2pm-4pm Eastern:

August 9, 2pm-4pm Eastern:

August 10, 2pm-4pm Eastern:

August 15, 2pm-4pm Eastern:

Webinar recordings will be made available soon after the webinars for those unable to attend one of the live offerings, check back on this website for more information.

Pre-Application Information
Submit all applications by 11:59 pm, Eastern Time Zone, October 31, 2023

The CWDG program has differing levels of match dependent upon the proposal for which is being applied. For proposals to develop or update a CWPP, the required match is 10%. For proposals to implement projects described within a CWPP, the required match is 25%. Matching funds must be derived entirely from non-Federal sources (unless expressly authorized in law by the other federal program).

Applicants are strongly encouraged to reach out to the relevant State Forester and Forest Service Cooperative Fire Specialist during application development to ensure the project aligns with program purpose and eligibility and receive input to strengthen your application.

Organizations must have an active registration with the System for Award Management (, which will generate a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI). Applicants must also have a account to apply for grants. Creating a account can be completed online in minutes, but a SAM registration may take several weeks or more to complete. Therefore, ensure you apply for your SAM registration promptly.

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For a list of relevant application documents, see the Package tab (click Preview) on the link listed above.

FY23 CWDG Applicant Webinar recording - August 4, 2023:

FY23 CWDG Applicant Webinar recording - August 9, 2023:

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
- There is no minimum Federal funding limit for projects under CWDG.
- The maximum amount of Federal funding awarded to any one community or Tribe via this competitive process is:
• $250,000 for the creation or updating of a Community Wildfire Protection Plan, and
• $10 million for a project described within a Community Wildfire Protection Plan less than 10 years old

Term of Contract
Projects must be completed within five (5) years.

Contact Information
US Forest Service Washington Office Fire and Aviation Management Program Contact for CWDG:
• Cooperative Fire Branch:

US Forest Service Grants and Agreements (For application logistic questions such as assistance with standard forms or application mechanics):
• G&A Access Branch:

For a list of contacts by state, see Page 22 of the RFP document listed in Supporting Documents, below.

RFP & Supporting Documents
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