The Bureau of Land Management, part of the US Department of Interior, has issued notices of funding opportunities for numerous states within its jurisdiction and under the authority of Public Law 116-6, Wildland Fire Management Good Neighbor Authority. These Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Community Fire Assistance funds are available to eligible entities including state and local governments, tribal governments, institutions of higher education and nonprofit organizations. The latest announcements are for entities within specific regions, including Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas and Washington.
According to the grant announcements, this funding opportunity is following the National Fire Plan goals to reduce hazardous fuels, increase local capability in risk assessment, planning and mitigation, educating homeowners and enhancing local and small business employment opportunities. Successful projects will address one or more of the following that will have a benefit to the public:
1. Accomplish Hazardous Fuels Reduction Activities by reducing wildland fuels on the landscape or making structural and landscape modifications to create survivable space;
2. Develop and implement fire education, training, and/or community action plans/programs to include mitigation and prevention, planning or zoning ordinances and education around managing combustible vegetation, and prevention of structural ignition;
3. Conduct Community Wildfire Protection Assessment and planning activities or develop an maintain a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP);
4. Expand community capability to enhance local employment opportunities;
5. Develop and Implement short and long term Monitoring and Maintenance Plans for Hazardous Fuels Reduction, b) Community Fire Education and Training, and/or Community Action Programs.
Each region has a separate announcement and deadline:
- Arizona Region - Round Two Applications due July 24, 2019
- Idaho Region - Round One Applications due July 22, 2019; Round Two Applications due August 22, 2019
- New Mexico/Oklahoma/Texas/Kansas Region - Round Two Applications due July 15, 2019; Round Three due July 31, 2019
- Nevada Region - Round Two Applications open until August 31, 2019 with rolling cut-off dates every 30 days.
- Oregon and Washington Region - Round Two Applications due July 27, 2019; Round Three Applications due August 27, 2019
Need ideas for projects? Be sure to visit NFPA's Wildfire Community Preparedness Day pageand details on how to prepare homes to resist ignition from wildfire.
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