National Fire Plan-Wildland Urban Interface Community Fire Assistance

 

To implement the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy and assist communities at risk from catastrophic wildland fires by providing assistance in the following areas: Implementation of community programs that develop and enhance local capability in the areas of risk assessment and planning, training, mitigation activities, and community and homeowner education and action; Planning and implementation of fuels management reduction activities aimed at mitigating the threat of catastrophic wildfire to communities and natural resources in high risk areas, including associated monitoring or maintenance, on federal land and/or on adjacent nonfederal land; Enhancement of local and small business employment opportunities for rural communities; and providing education and training focused on increasing knowledge and fire protection capability of rural fire districts. Projects that include a cost-share or service in-kind contribution will have priority for selection.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
15.674
Federal Agency/Office
U.S. Fish and Wildlife 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; M - Training
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2017 The program anticipates funding WUI projects in communities at risk from wildfire. The program funded 0 projects.
Fiscal Year 2018 Zero applications and awards due to lack of funding.
Fiscal Year 2019 The program anticipates 1-2 awards depending on availability of funds.
Fiscal Year 2020 The program anticipates 1-2 awards depending on availability of funds.
Authorization
Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, Pub. L. 115-123, Department of the Interior-Wildlife Fire Management; Consolidated Appropriations Act FY 2017 P.L. 114-113, Department of the Interior-Wildland Fire Management; and prior appropriations.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
State and local governments and communities at risk and communities of interest, as published in the Federal Register/Vol. 66, No. 160 / Friday, August 17, 2001 or updated Governor-signed list, Indian Tribes, private land owners, public and private education institutions, and nonprofit organizations that manage lands. All selectees must be identified as significant to FWS, deemed by a cooperative agreement, memorandum of understanding, and/or part of an interagency agreement that serves as a clearinghouse for HFR assistance monies. Federal law mandates that all organizations applying for Federal financial assistance must have a valid Dun & Bradstreet Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number and have a current registration in the Central Contractor Registry (CCR). Individuals submitting an application on their own behalf and not on behalf of a company, state, local or tribal government, academia or other type of organization are exempt from the DUNS number and CCR requirements.
Beneficiary Eligibility
State and local governments and communities at risk and communities of interest, as published in the Federal Register or updated Governor-signed list, Indian Tribes, private land owners, public and private education institutions, and nonprofit organizations that manage lands. All selectees must be identified as significant to FWS. For mitigation activities (projects that are removing hazardous fuels) all work funded must be identified from a signed CWPP or CWPP/E or will be signed by expected funding date.
Credentials/Documentation
The applicant must provide evidence that they are: party to an agreement with the State Forester (or equivalent) or Tribe; party to a cooperative fire agreement/memorandum of understanding with a DOI USFWS; or is a cooperator, or in progress of being a cooperator, with the Department of the Interior (DOI) through a cooperative agreement with the DOI or their respective State, or equivalents such as Fire Safe Councils, Prescribed Fire Councils, etc. Applicants must reference the applicable CWPP or CWPP/E by name and community. Applicants must be in close proximity to DOI lands and communities within the wildland urban interface.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. All projects must meet Federal, State, and Local laws for environmental considerations. This will vary between states and is site specific. This is the responsibility of the applicant. For mitigation activities (projects that are removing hazardous fuels), all parties must have a signed CWPP or CWPP/E or will be signed by expected funding date.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants must provide a detailed proposal including a completed and signed SF424 Application for Federal Assistance, a completed SF424A Budget Information (Non-construction) form, and a signed SF424B Assurances form. Detailed instructions for submitting a proposal will be posted on Grants.gov.
Award Procedure
All applications will be initially screened for eligibility and compliance with the requirements stated in the program Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcement. Applications passing this screening process will be forwarded for review by the proposal evaluation criteria, and any additional review factors, as stated in the funding announcement. Wildland Urban Interface community projects are reviewed at the regional level and funding recommendations are made through each regions annual work plan. Final budget approvals rest with the Regional Fire Management Coordinator.
Deadlines
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
The approval time for financial assistance applications varies depending on the Region, type and complexity of the project, funding levels, and expertise availability.
Appeals
Not applicable.
Renewals
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria used to select assistance proposals are based on their State and local governments and communities at risk and/or communities of interest, as published in the Federal Register or updated Governor- signed list, Indian Tribes, private landowners, public and private education institutions, and nonprofit organizations that manage lands. All selectees must be identified as significant to FWS. For mitigation activities (projects that are removing hazardous fuels) all work funded must be identified from a have a signed CWPP or CWPP/E or will be signed by expected funding date on, and have the ability to reduce the risk from wildland fire to community values and resources, and to increase the capabilities of rural fire organizations, in the vicinity of Fish and Wildlife Service lands.
How may assistance be used?
GIS analysis, outreach and education efforts, and other general support associated with fuels management and risk reduction activities; and increasing the effectiveness of wildland urban interface fire protection. In addition, FWS staff may be involved in project activities. FWS -involvement may include the provision of technical assistance, advising in the development of Community Wildfire Protection Plans or equivalent. All projects selected must meet all applicable National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) laws. Funding levels vary across fiscal years and regions. For more information, please contact the announcing regional office fire program.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance Reports: Performance reports are required. Recipients must monitor and report on project performance in accordance with the requirements in 2 CFR 200.328. A final performance report is due within 90 calendar days of the award period of performance end date, unless the awarding program approves a due date extension. The FWS details all reporting requirements including frequency and due dates in Notices of Award.
Auditing
Not applicable.
Records
Recipients will maintain records in accordance with 2 CFR 200. Program-specific legislation/regulation may dictation additional records retention requirements. Program will detail all non-standard records retention requirements in the notice of award.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. Matching contributions can be in-kind or cash. The applicant must demonstrate the capability to meet cost share requirements which may include in-kind services. Cooperator contribution may exceed, but not amount to less than 10 percent of the amount awarded. Examples of in-kind services may include, but are not limited to, facility use incurred by an applicant for hosting training courses; Funding or in-kind resources may not be derived from other federal funding programs.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Assistance is typically available during the 1st half of the federal fiscal year. The period of performance/ fund expenditure is 3 years. Program obligates funds and sends a notice of award to successful applicants. Recipients request funds in accordance with 2 CFR 200, Subpart E-Cost Principles, unless otherwise dictated by program-specific legislation or special award terms. Program will include any special payment terms and conditions in the notice of award.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Tate Fischer
National Fuels Management Specialist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Interagency Fire Center, 3833 South Development Avenue
Boise, ID 83705 US
tate_fischer@fws.gov
Phone: 208-387-5941
Website Address
http://www.fws.gov/fire
Financial Information
Account Identification
14-1125-0-1-302
Obligations
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 18$0.00; FY 19 est $300,000.00; FY 20 est $200,000.00; FY 17$0.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017 The program anticipates funding WUI projects in communities at risk from wildfire. Projects funded accomplished mitigation activities (projects that remove hazardous fuels) identified as a priority from a CWPP or CWPP/E and reduced the risk from wildland fire to community values and resources in the vicinity of FWS lands. No projects were funded.
Fiscal Year 2018 None.
Fiscal Year 2019 The program anticipates funding WUI projects in communities at risk from wildfire.
Fiscal Year 2020 The program anticipates funding WUI projects in communities at risk from wildfire. Projects funded accomplish mitigation activities (projects that remove hazardous fuels) identified as a priority from a CWPP or CWPP/E and reduced the risk from wildland fire to community values and resources in the vicinity of FWS lands.