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Funding Opportunities

There are many funding opportunities for prescribed fire throughout the year. Please note that although these are typically recurring funding sources, not all of these may be open as you are looking. We will try to post deadlines when they are known so that you can check back around the same time next year if you miss a deadline! We have tried to categorize them as best as possible.

COCO Aim grant

Reimbursement funding is available for a wide variety of capacity building  activities, including personnel,  planning efforts and wildfire risk reduction work on nonfederal lands.

  • Eligibility: The organization must have a nonprofit (501c3) status or have a nonprofit or local government fiscal sponsor.
  • Amount: Award funding may range from $10,000 – $75,000.
  • Dates: August 30, 2021 – September 30, 2021.

FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants

FEMA’s hazard mitigation assistance provides funding for eligible mitigation measures that reduce disaster losses. There are multiple grant programs under the hazard mitigation umbrella with various eligibilities, award amounts, and application deadlines.

Landscape Conservation Catalyst Fund

The Network launched the Landscape Conservation Catalyst Fund Program in 2019 to accelerate the pace and practice of collaborative landscape conservation across the United States. A portion of the Fund is dedicated to supporting Indigenous leadership in landscape conservation. Indigenous-led Partnerships focused wholly on sovereign tribal lands and/or focused on advancing and conserving Indigenous interests, territories, and rights across a broader defined landscape are encouraged to apply.

  • Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S.-based non-profit organizations with approved IRS 501(c)(3) status. Indigenous-led Partnership applicants in the American West are also eligible to apply under IRS Code, Section 7871, or directly as Tribal Nations. The American West is defined to include the following states: Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska.
  • Amount: Award funding may range from $10,000 – $75,000.
  • Dates: Proposals were due April 23, 2021.

NFWF Longleaf Landscape Stewardship Fund

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Longleaf Landscape Stewardship Fund expands, enhances and accelerates longleaf pine ecosystem restoration across longleaf pine’s historical range throughout the southeastern United States.

  • Eligibility: To be eligible for funding, projects must occur within longleaf historic range or priority focal areas.
  • Amount: $6.5 million total available 2022, awards expected to range $150,000 – $500,000
  • Dates: Proposals due March 15, 2022, 11:59 PM ET, Applicant webinar to be held February 3, 2022, 2:00-3:00 PM ET

Landscape Scale Restoration Program

A Forest Service State and Private Forestry competitive grant program that promotes collaborative, science-based restoration of priority forest landscapes and furthers priorities identified in State Forest Action plans.

  • Eligibility: State and territorial forestry agencies, units of local government, Tribes, non-profit organizations and universities are eligible to submit projects that address the top priorities identified in their Forest Action Plans or an equivalent restoration strategy.
  • Amount: Awards are expected to range from $100,000 to $300,000.
  • Dates: Proposals were due February 4, 2021.

NFWF Lower MS Alluvial Valley Restoration Fund

The plan outlines goals for species in and along the lower Mississippi River, including helping to restore, enhance or conserve 100,000 acres of bottomland hardwood forest and wetlands. Special attention is placed on the Louisiana Black Bear, waterfowl, forest birds, an array of fish species, and the swamp rabbit, an indicator species that benefits from more forest structure and disturbance.

  • Eligibility: NFWF is particularly interested in projects that will implement habitat restoration or improvement practices that benefit wildlife while also sequestering carbon and/or improving water quantity or quality. NFWF also seeks to support projects that include outreach and technical assistance to, and enhanced participation of, minority and underserved landowners and producers in this region.
  • Amount: This request for proposals expects to award approximately $1.4 million in federal and private sector funding in support of projects that restore, enhance and maintain bottomland hardwood forests and wetlands, implement conservation practices on working agricultural lands to improve soil health and water quality, and promote aquatic connectivity on private and public lands to improve wildlife habitat and water quality.
  • Dates: Full proposals are due Thursday, December 16, 2021 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Challenge

The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program may provide up to $40 million in FY22 funding for land conservation, improvement, or management activities that limit incompatible development in the vicinity of DoD installations and ranges; enhance military installation resilience to climate change or extreme weather events; or relieve current or anticipated environmental
restrictions in support of key mission capabilities of strategic importance.

  • Eligibility: Any state government, political subdivision of a state, or private entity whose organizational purpose or goal is conservation, restoration or preservation of land and natural resources.
  • Amount: Of the total $40 million available, up to $25 million may be allocated toward these climate resilient projects (Focus Area A). The remaining $15 million may be allocated toward projects that promote land conservation or management activities limiting incompatible development or relieving current or anticipated environmental restrictions (Focus Area B).
  • Dates: November 22, 2021: Pre-proposals are due by 8pm EST.

Regional Conservation Partnership Program

Promotes coordination of NRCS conservation activities with partners that offer value-added contributions to expand our collective ability to address on-farm, watershed, and regional natural resource concerns.

  • Eligibility: Only eligible organizations interested in partnering with NRCS on conservation projects can develop applications for the RCPP competition.
  • Amount: $300 million annually available.
  • Dates: Varies by year.

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