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USDA COMMUNITY WILDFIRE DEFENSE GRANT (CWDG)

What is CWDG?
Applications are now open for the USDA Community Wildfire Defense Grants and must be submitted by October 5th at 8:00pm. The CWDG is federal grant program that's intended to help at-risk local communities and Tribes with planning for and mitigating against the risk created by wildfire. $160M per year will be available over the next 5 years through CWDG nationally. 
What does the CWDG fund?
There are three types of projects for which the grant provides funding:
  • The development of Community Wildfire Protection Plans
  • The updating of Community Wildfire Protection Plans
  • The implementation of projects described in a Community Wildfire Protection Plan and/or Hazard Mitigation Plan with a Wildfire Section that is less than ten years old.
  • Funding is not available for fire suppression training, equipment, or supplies.

Who can apply for CWDG funds?
Any community at risk to wildfire including:
  • Local government
  • Tribes
  • Non-profit organizations (including Homeowner Associations)
  • State forestry agency

How are CWDG funds prioritized?
Applications that can prove areas of high or very high wildfire hazard, low income communities, communities impacted by a severe disaster within the last 10 years will be prioritized for funding.

How do I apply?
Applicants will need to complete and submit an online grant proposal by October 5th 8:00pm through cwdg.forestrygrants.org.
Applicants will need to request a unique application link for each proposal through the WA State point of contact, Guy Gifford, guy.gifford@dnr.wa.gov.
A fillable pdf version of the application can be found here to use while developing the content for the application. You must also register at SAM.gov to create a Unique Entity ID if you do not already have one. Detailed grant information and eligible project examples can be found in the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Western States and Territories.

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