In the West, funds to mitigate risk from wildland fire within the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) are available and awarded through a competitive process with emphasis on hazard fuel reduction in the WUI, information and education, assessment and planning, and monitoring through community and landowner action. Funding is delivered through and managed by state/island forestry organizations. This portion of the National Fire Plan was developed to assist interface communities manage the unique hazards they find around them. In addition to the National Fire Plan, the National Wildland Fire Management Strategy brings forward the goals of Restoring Resilient Landscapes, Fire Adapted Communities, and Response to Wildland Fires; the Western Forestry Leadership Coalition strategies of Conserve, Protect, and Enhance are incorporated into individual states Forest Action Plans. Reducing wildfire risk in the west will be strongly influenced by the ability to collaborate across ownership boundaries and implement projects on a landscape scale.
Grant Criteria: General
- The Project must be for a qualifying activity – if it is not the application will be considered ineligible.
- Meets the 50/50 match requirement2 – if not the application will be considered ineligible.
- Each grant request is limited to a maximum of $300,000. Applications over $300,000 will be considered ineligible.
- No state/island will receive more than 15% of the funds available in the west.
- Not less than 70% of the funding available will be allocated to hazardous fuel reduction projects.
- The application must be submitted by the state/island forestry organization. The state/island organization will be listed in Box 1 (Applicant Information) on the online application.
- The grant request must be submitted on a current 2018 WUI Competitive Grant Application template using the WUI Competitive Grant Online Submission System.