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Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and Tribes in Multiple States to Prevent and Reduce the Risk of Natural Disaster

Community Wildfire Defense Grant - Western States and Territories


Agency
Federal

GrantWatch ID#
205070

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
CFDA Number: 10.720
Funding or PIN Number: USDA-FS-2022-CWDG-CWSF
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA: AlaskaArizonaCaliforniaColoradoHawaiiIdahoKansasMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew MexicoNorth DakotaOregonSouth DakotaUtahWashingtonWyoming
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)

Important Dates
Conference Date: 08/15/23
Deadline: 10/31/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and tribes in multiple states for projects to prevent and reduce the risk of natural disasters. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to several weeks to complete. Applicants in the Western states and territories are eligible to apply: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Territory of American Samoa, Republic of Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, Territory of Guam, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

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. 

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

a. Private lands

b. Local government

c. Homeowner associations

d. State government

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

Applicants will have the responsibility to indicate on the application if they meet any or all of the three priorities. The applicant will also need to provide supporting documentation or a link to such documentation for each priority that is checked. 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.



Recipient

Eligibility
  • 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).

For applications submitted by organizations that plan to work with multiple communities, it will be a requirement of the application to name each of the specific communities that the organization plans to assist. Those specified communities will each need to meet the same eligibility requirements as a community that would be applying on their own.

If a non-profit or other organization is contracted with a State forestry agency for Community Wildfire Defense Grants Program related work, they will not be eligible to apply for a grant under the program unless the grant can be separately managed with no conflict of interest concerns.

This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is for projects that will be carried out within the footprint of the Western States and Territories (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Territory of American Samoa, Republic of Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, Territory of Guam, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands).

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

For more information about ineligible projects, see Page 6 of the RFP document listed in 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: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DOtCNZHVRym3gFKdzYlLUg

August 9, 2pm-4pm Eastern: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Q-NLfp_HRR2zWoOQZgMprw

August 10, 2pm-4pm Eastern: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yxe-tURVSqqKl7EMJ5zOmQ

August 15, 2pm-4pm Eastern: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8XdtEXfHSYyk_XxdkOeGgA

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.

Cost-share is required for all applications funded under the CWDG Program. The cost share rates for this program
are:
- Not less than 10 percent for a grant awarded to develop or revise a CWPP; and
- Not less than 25 percent for a grant awarded to carry out projects described in a CWPP that is not more than 10 years old.

While western applicants are not required to complete their System Award Management (SAM) www.sam.gov registration or renewal and SF-424/SF-424A in order to submit a proposal, this documentation is ultimately required in order to be awarded funding. Applicants must be prepared to provide all necessary documentation if selected for funding. It is strongly advised to initiate the process of acquiring/renewing a SAM.gov registration as early as possible as this process can take some time, which could result in delayed delivery of funding or moving down to the next project on the ranked list.

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.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=349612

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: https://vimeo.com/851771021?share=copy

FY23 CWDG Applicant Webinar recording - August 9, 2023: https://vimeo.com/853174075?share=copy

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$100,000,000

Number of Grants
500

Estimated Size of Grant
a. There is no minimum Federal funding limit for projects under CWDG.
b. 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: sm.fs.usfs_cwdg@usda.gov

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

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

RFP & Supporting Documents
Full Grant Text RFP

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