Application Due Date: TBA
This grant program provides funding to assist communities in wildland/urban interface areas in reducing their wildfire risk
- Provide cost-share funds for fire mitigation and Firewise activities.
- Foster closer working relationships with fire departments, communities, counties and interested organizations.
- Educate the public about the benefits of the fire mitigation and Firewise programs
- Reduce the risk and effects of wildfire in wildland/urban interface areas
- Complete a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) for each community.
Project Match Requirements:
- All project applicants must provide a match of 20 percent of total project costs with non-federal or in-kind contributions. Other federal funds cannot be used as a match for this grant
- Cash purchase matches are direct, out-of-pocket expenditures for eligible project activities that are supported by paid invoices, cancelled checks, signed receipts or official payroll records.
- In-kind contribution matches include on-hand supplies, third party donations of supplies or equipment, professional services at the professional rate, or time spent by employees, non-federal grants or volunteers on eligible project activities. Volunteer hours may be applied to the project at rates appropriate to the skill level of the volunteer and/or the nature of the work being performed. Assistance provided by federal employees may not be claimed as match
- Grantees are required to maintain project records in accordance with all applicable federal regulations. This includes: (1) records shall comply with generally accepted accounting principles; (2) records will document allowable costs; (3) records will be supported by source documentation, such as cancelled checks, paid invoices, payroll records, time and attendance records, signed contracts; and (4) records will be maintained for three years following payment.
- Development of local Firewise Councils or Boards
- Completion of a community wildfire hazard assessment and CWPP.
- GIS mapping of at-risk communities
- Consulting services to complete a community wildfire hazard assessment or a community Emergency Action Plan
- Firewise or fire mitigation activities that follow the intent of the National Fire Plan
- Firewise or fire mitigation educational activities or materials that can be used to educate the community
- Signage to identify roads and residences
- Mechanical removal or reduction of hazardous fuels
- Firewise or fire mitigation research applicable to Kentucky
- Fuel treatments that increase a community’s defensible space, which could include the leasing or contracting of equipment and other resources to complete an eligible project
- Putting in new dry fire hydrants as part of a comprehensive project
Grant Application and Instructions
Organization: Firewise Community Grants Program
Contact Name: Jennifer Turner
Contact Email: email@example.com
Contact Phone: 800-866-0555