Funding Opportunities

E.g., Jun 14, 21
Funder Name: Colorado State Forest Service
Funding Range:

$3,000 - $250,000

In March, Governor Polis signed a bill (SB21-054) to transfer $6 million from the General Fund to the Forest Restoration and Wildfire Risk Mitigation (FRWRM) grant program to address wildfire risk in Colorado. Approximately $6 million in total funding is available, and grant awards are available up to $1 million during this FRWRM grant cycle.


The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) is accepting FRWRM grant applications for projects on non-federal lands in Colorado for the purposes of:



  1. Fuels and forest health projects, and/or

  2. Capacity building projects


Eligible applicants include local community groups, local government entities such as fire protection districts, public and private utilities, state agencies, and non-profit groups.


The FRWRM program was established through Senate Bill 17-050 to provide state support in the form of competitive grant funds that encourage community-level actions across the state to:



  • Reduce the risk of wildfire to people, property, and infrastructure in the wildland-urban interface (WUI)

  • Promote forest health and forest restoration projects

  • Encourage utilization of woody material for traditional forest products and biomass energy


Successful applicants will receive final award approval with approximate project start date on August 16, 2021.

Funder Name: Department of Fire and Forestry Management
Funding Range:

$20,000 - $500,000

 The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management (DFFM) - Healthy Forest Initiative Grant Program (formerly WFHF) is now accepting project applications. DFFM, with funding provided by the State of Arizona, USDA Forest Service, and DOI Bureau of Land Management is soliciting project proposals from $20,000 to $500,000 for fire prevention, critical infrastructure protection and forest and watershed restoration through reduction of hazardous vegetation. Projects may occur on state, federal, tribal and private lands in Arizona.


Projects should complement strategically planned or existing fuels management initiatives such as State of Arizona, US Forest Service or BLM thinning projects. Priority will be given to projects that target high risk areas (see https://arizonawildfirerisk.com/), have a clear sustainability plan, and that support the private vegetation management industry and/or Arizona’s wood products industry.


Eligible applicants include fire departments and fire districts, government organizations (including state, county, and local), public educational institutions, 501(c) non-profit organizations and Indian Tribes. Individuals and for-profit companies do not qualify.


 

Funder Name: National Forest Foundation
Funding Range:

$15,000 - $300,000

The National Forest Foundation is pleased to announce the that it is currently soliciting proposals for its Matching Awards Program (MAP). MAP is a national, competitive grant program that provides federal funds for on-the-ground projects benefiting America's National Forests and Grasslands. . MAP supports the strategic focus areas of Forest Health and Outdoor Experiences.

Funder Name: Colorado River District
Funding Range:

$25,000 - $400,000

A project proponent within the District’s 15-county boundaries is eligible to apply for the Partnership Project Funding Program. Project proponents include stakeholders such as individuals, local governments, corporations, private entities such as mutual ditch companies, non-profit corporations, and partnerships.  Completed projects are not eligible for the Partnership Project Funding Program. 


The program seeks to advance the Colorado River District’s mission “to lead in the protection, conservation, use, and development of the water resources of the Colorado River basin for the welfare of the District, and to safeguard for Colorado all waters of the Colorado River to which the state is entitled.”


Projects should be within the River District’s boundaries and fit within the District’s MissionStrategic Plan and the Board of Director’s policy statements. District Partnership Project Funding may be made in the form of a grant, loan and/or investment in a project. Program funds shall not be the sole source of funding for any project. Project applicants and supporters should contribute funds and use District funds to leverage additional state, federal or private funds to the project.


The program framework prioritizes multi-use projects that meet needs in one or more of the following categories:



  • Productive agriculture projects could include multiple-use storage that addresses regional priorities; developing innovative and functional water leasing; suitable agriculture efficiency and conservation approaches; technical assistance and technological innovation; and dedicated resources for increasing community literacy about irrigated agriculture and supporting agricultural market growth. The District will not utilize these funds to permanently or temporarily fallow irrigated agriculture;

  • Infrastructure projects could include upgrading aging infrastructure while incentivizing new storage and delivery projects that collaboratively address multiple needs, such as improved flows to meet demands, stream and watershed health, and habitat quality; multi-purpose projects and storage methods that are supported in the Water Plan and the Basin Implementation Plans;

  • Healthy rivers projects could include those identified in stream management plans or similar projects that support and sustain fish and wildlife, healthy aquifer conditions as they connect to healthy streams, economically important water-based recreation, wetland habitat, fish passage construction for new or revised water diversion structures, stream restoration projects, and environmental and recreational enhancements for new or revised water supply projects;

  • Watershed health and water quality projects which could include projects identified in collaborative and science-based watershed management plans that reduce the risk from and increase resilience to fires and/or floods, rehabilitate streams, or make landscapes resilient to climate change, including, but not limited to science-based mechanical forest treatments and prescribed fire, projects that address drinking water quality for under-resourced communities, and projects that address pollutants such as selenium, salts, and others, as well as mine remediation activities; and

  • Conservation and efficiency projects could include supporting agricultural water infrastructure that increases reliability and efficiency; municipal and industrial projects that promote efficiency, water conservation, green infrastructure, and outdoor landscaping to reduce consumptive use; increase leak detection for infrastructure repair and replacement; assisting communities with water-smart community development and water conservation programs; and targeting smaller, fast-growing, and communities with older infrastructure with strategic, incentive-based investments.


 

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