Risk Reduction Grant Programs
- hazard fuel reduction in the WUI;
- information and education;
- assessment and planning; and
- monitoring through community and landowner action.
Projects that DO NOT qualify include suppression capacity building, such as the purchase of fire department equipment. Applications must describe how the project connects with the goals of the Hawaii Forest Action Plan and a Community Wildfire Protection Plan. See 2022 WUI Grant Criteria and Instructions for more information.
The FY 2022 Community Wildfire Defense Grant (CWDG) program is open for applications. The BipartisanInfrastructure Law provided $1 billion over five years for the CWDG program to provide grants to at-risk communities to develop or revise a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) or implement projects in a CWPP that is less than ten years old.
CWDG prioritizes at-risk communities that are 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 program is anchored in 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 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.
The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is open until October 7, 2022. Applicants should contact Michael Walker at [email protected] for more information. Additional information on this program, including the fiscal year 2022 NOFO, application, and other resources, can be found at:
- Forest Service CWDG webpage;
- Council of Western State Foresters CWDG webpage;
- Western and Tribal NOFOs are available on grants.gov;
- Wildfirerisk.org Eligibility and Prioritization Data; and
- Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network CWDG Primer: Preparing to Apply for Community Wildfire Defense Grants.