National Wildland Fire Management and Natural Resource Training and Workforce Development


The goal of this listing is to provide financial assistance to reduce and mitigate the risk of catastrophic wildland fires on federal land and/or adjacent non-federal land and communities and their natural resources. This will be accomplished through response, rehabilitation, assessment, planning, implementation, monitoring, treatment, and maintenance of hazardous fuels reduction and other wildland fire management activities. Financial assistance will provide for a training and workforce development program with an emphasis on wildland fire management and natural resources skills utilizing diversified crews, including, but not limited to, women, veterans, youth, Native American, and other underrepresented groups.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
National Park Service, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Public Law 117-117-58, Div D, Section 40803
16 U.S.C. 1723(c)(1)
54 U.S.C. 101702(a)
16 U.S.C. 460bb-3
54 U.S.C. 102711
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
State and local governments, federally recognized Indian Tribes, private, public, profit, nonprofit organizations and institutions of higher education.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Some wildland fire management activities may require that an environmental impact assessment already be completed before the start of the project.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Each Notice of Funding Opportunities will contain the specific instructions for applying and will be posted to and
Award Procedure
Awards are made by a certified, Department of Interior appointed Financial Assistance Awarding Officer through coordination with the technical and programmatic personnel specific to that project.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
More than 180 days.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Each Notice of Funding Opportunity will define selection criteria for that opportunity
How may assistance be used?
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. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Frequency of recipient payment will be determined for each awarded assistance agreement at time of award.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: See Program Reports
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is mandatory. 25%. If using Public Land Corps authority (16 USC Section 1723), a 25% match is required. Other authorities may not require a match, depending on the project.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Individual cooperative agreements are typically funded for five years. For any cooperative agreement using BIL-funding, this is available from Fiscal Year 2022-2026 and the type of funds are no year funds. Once an award for a cooperative agreement is made to a recipient, requests for reimbursements are made through the Department of Treasury's Automated Standard Application for Payments (ASAP) system. Each disbursement or drawn down must follow regular billing cycles and must be proportionate to the allowable indirect costs incurred for that billing period.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Heidi Sage
National Park Service
1849 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20240 USA
Phone: 303-969-2065
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 22$19,678,746.00; FY 23 est $10,000,000.00; FY 24 est $15,000,000.00; - Fiscal Year 2022 includes all "fire" cooperative agreements to include cooperative agreements for wildland fire skills training. Another purpose of this new listing is to provide a separate identifiable source to track training activities.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $50,000 - 2,500,000 Average: $1,275,000
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2023 The Veterans Fire Corps (VFC) engages recent-era veterans on priority hazardous fuels and prescribed burn projects while developing the next generation of wildland firefighters. VFC addresses two needs 1) veterans who need a way to transition from military to civilian service and 2) land management agencies who need highly qualified and well-trained employees. VFC will build upon the knowledge, leadership experience, and training of the men and women who served in the armed forces, retraining them and refocusing their mission on protecting our public lands from the threat of wildfire. Veterans receive training, experience, and support necessary to secure a job in wildland fire.


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