The Bureau of Land Management, part of the US Department of Interior, has issued notices of funding opportunities for Alaska and Wyoming. 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.
According to the grant announcements, the grant program uses a risk-based approach that supports the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy goals of restoring and maintaining Fire Resilient Landscapes, Creating Fire Adapted Communities and Responding to Wildfire. Program goals include:
- Accomplish Hazardous Fuels Reduction Activities by reducing wildland fuels on the landscape or making structural and landscape modifications to create survivable space;
- 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;
- Conduct Community Wildfire Protection Assessment and planning activities or develop an maintain a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP);
- Expand community capability to enhance local employment opportunities;
- 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 state has a separate announcement and deadline. Applications from Alaska are due March 30, 2020 while applications from Wyoming are due May 30, 2020. Need ideas for projects? Be sure to visit NFPA's Wildfire Community Preparedness Day page for tips, and review details on how to prepare homes to resist ignition from wildfire. Follow me on Twitter! @Michele_NFPA