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USDA Community Wildfire Defense Grant Program

Opportunity Title:

Community Wildfire Defense Grant Program


The Community Wildfire Defense Program, or CWDG, is intended to help at-risk local communities and Tribes; plan for and reduce the risk of wildfire.

This program, which was authorized by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, prioritizes at-risk communities in an area identified as having high or very high wildfire hazard potential, are low-income, or have been impacted by a severe disaster that affects the risk of wildfire. More details on these three priorities can be found in the Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFOs) below.

The program provides funding to communities for two primary purposes:

  • Develop and revise Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP).

  • Implement projects described in a Community Wildfire Protection Plan that is less than ten years old.

The Community Wildfire Defense Grant Program also helps communities in the wildland urban interface (WUI) implement the three goals of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management 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 better 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.


Entities eligible to apply for at-risk communities for funding under the CWDG include:

  • Units of local governments representing communities located in an area with a risk of wildfires,

  • Indian Tribes (please apply through either the Indian Tribes/Alaska Native Corporations specific notice or the applicable regional notice),

  • Non-profit organizations including homeowner associations that assist such communities,

  • State forestry agencies (including U.S. territories and interests), and

  • Alaska Native Corporations (please apply through either the Indian Tribes/Alaska Native Corporations specific notice or the applicable regional notice).

Maximum Award:


Application Deadline:

October 31, 2023

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