National Fire Plan-Wildland Urban Interface Community Fire Assistance

 

To implement the National Fire Plan and assist communities at risk from catastrophic wildland fires by providing assistance in the following areas: community programs that develop local capability including; assessment and planning, mitigation activities, and community and homeowner education and action; plan and implement hazardous fuels reduction activities, monitoring or maintenance associated with such hazardous fuels reduction activities, on federal land, or on adjacent nonfederal land for activities that mitigate the threat of catastrophic fire to communities and natural resources in high risk areas; enhance local and small business employment opportunities for rural communities; enhance the knowledge and fire protection capability of rural fire districts by providing assistance in education, and mitigation methods on a cost share basis.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
15.948
Federal Agency/Office
National Park Service, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants; I - Use of Property, Facilities, and Equipment; J - Provision of Specialized Services; K - Advisory Services and Counseling; L - Dissemination of Technical Information
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2015 No information available. One county in California, as well as the State of California and Minnesota received funding under the program.
Fiscal Year 2016 No information available.
Fiscal Year 2017 No information available.
Fiscal Year 2019 To be determined on future projects.
Fiscal Year 2020 To be determined on future projects
Authorization
Cooperative Agreements, Transfer of Service Appropriated Funds U.S.C. 54; 101702(a)
Challenge Cost Share U.S.C. 54; 101701
Authority of Secretary to use appropriated funds for fire protection agencies U.S.C. 54; 102711
Rental of equipment for fire control purposes U.S.C. 54; 100901(h)(3)
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
States and local governments at risk as published in the Federal Register or as determined by the state, Indian Tribes, public and private education institutions, nonprofit organizations.
Beneficiary Eligibility
States and local governments at risk as published in the Federal Register or as determined by the state, Indian Tribes, public and private education institutions, nonprofit organizations.
Credentials/Documentation
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
Award Procedure
Wildland Urban Interface community projects are reviewed at the Regional level and funding recommendations are made through each Region's annual work plan. Final budget approvals rest with the Regional Director or Park Unit Manager.
Deadlines
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Award time varies depending on the type and complexity of the project.
Appeals
Not applicable.
Renewals
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria used to select assistance proposals are based on their ability to reduce the risk of wildland fire to community values and to increase the capabilities of rural fire organizations, in the vicinity of Federal lands.
How may assistance be used?
Hazard reduction activities are restricted to Federal lands, or adjacent nonfederal land for activities that benefit resources on Federal land. Assistance can be used to help the NPS support community based efforts addressing defensible space and fuels management issues; support outreach and education efforts associated with fuels management and risk reduction activities; and increase the effectiveness of rural fire protection. Funding is highly variable each fiscal year. For further information, please contact the regional office.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Not applicable.
Auditing
Not applicable.
Records
Per 2 CFR Part 200.333 - 200.337
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. Matching funds are not mandated by the program, but based on the legal authority cited in the agreement, matching funds may be required.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
No specific restrictions apply, however, most projects are funded on a year-to-year basis and funds are normally expended during the current fiscal year. Frequency of recipient payment will be determined for each awarded assistance agreement at time of award.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Catalog Appendix IV for addresses.
Headquarters Office
Mark Koontz
National Park Service
National Interagency Fire Center
Boise, ID 83705 US
mark_koontz@nps.gov
Phone: (208) 387-5090
Website Address
https://www.forestsandrangelands.gov/
Financial Information
Account Identification
14-1125-0-1-302
Obligations
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 18$578,000.00; FY 19 est $328,000.00; FY 20 est $328,000.00; FY 17$102,987.00; FY 15$27,512.00; FY 16 est $100,000.00; - FY19 & FY20 are estimates only based on anticipated appropriations.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $300,000 - $600,000 Average: $450,000.00
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Additional information can be found on the Forest and Rangelands website: www.forestsandrangelands.gov
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2015 No information available. Assistance used to help the NPS support community based efforts addressing defensible space and fuels management issues; supported outreach and education efforts associated with fuels management and risk reduction activities; and increased the effectiveness of rural fire protection.
Fiscal Year 2016 No information available.
Fiscal Year 2017 Personnel from a local fire department will plan and implement hazardous fuels reduction activities on National Park Service lands.
Fiscal Year 2019 Hazardous fuel reduction and prescribed fire assistance
Fiscal Year 2020 Program has not yet selected projects for funding. Program anticipated funding projects that assist communities at risk from catastrophic wildland fires.

 



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