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Coming Soon: USDA Community Wildfire Defense Grant Program. $10M Available.

Opportunity Title:

Community Wildfire Defense Grant Program


The purpose of the Community Wildfire Defense Grant Program is to assist at-risk local communities and Indian Tribes with planning and mitigating against the risk created by wildfire.

The Act prioritizes at-risk communities 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 CWDGP helps communities in the wildland urban interface (WUI) implement the three goals of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy (Cohesive Strategy):

  • Restore and Maintain Landscapes: Landscapes across all jurisdictions are resilient to fire-related disturbances, in accordance with management objectives.

  • Create Fire Adapted Communities: Human populations and infrastructure can withstand a wildfire without loss of life and property.

  • Improve Wildfire Response: All jurisdictions participate in making and implementing safe, effective, efficient risk-based wildfire management decisions.

This program is authorized in Public Law 117-58, Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, commonly referred to as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).

There are two primary project types for which the grant provides funding:

  • The development and revision of Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP).

  • The implementation of projects described in a CWPP that is less than ten years old.


  • At-risk community

  • For project implementation: Described in a CWPP that is not more than 10-years old

  • Entity type: local governments, Indian Tribes, non-profit organizations, State forestry agencies, Alaska Native Corporations

  • Roofing ordinance (applies to ½ of the funding)

Maximum Award Available:

  • CWPP Development or Update - $250,000

  • CWPP Project Implementation - $10,000,000

Grant Management Associates has years of experience with opportunities like this one. Contact us today for a consultation.

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