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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.

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.

FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grants

The objectives of the AFG Program are to provide critically needed resources that equip and train emergency personnel to recognized standards, enhance operational efficiencies, foster interoperability, and support community resilience. The AFG Program provides financial assistance directly to eligible fire departments, nonaffiliated emergency medical
service (EMS) organizations, and State Fire Training Academies (SFTAs) for critical training and equipment.

  • Eligibility: Fire departments, EMS organizations, and state fire training academies.
  • Amount: $324 Million available for 2,000 expected awards. Cost-match requirements exist.

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 Partnerships throughout the United States are encouraged to apply, as a portion of the Fund is reserved for such Partnerships. Specific to Indigenous-led Partnerships, in addition to being eligible to apply under 501(c)(3) status, such Partnerships 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: The maximum funding request is $25,000.

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 the historical longleaf pine range. Preference will be given to projects located within local implementation team boundaries as outlined in NFWF’s Business Plan: Longleaf Forests and Rivers.
  • Amount: $16.9 million total available 2023, awards expected to range $250,000 to $3,000,000

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 forestry agencies or appropriate state agencies, units of local government, Indian Tribes, non-profit organizations, universities, and Alaska Native Corporations are eligible to submit projects.
  • Amount: Awards are expected to range from $100,000 to $300,000.

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. 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.

  • Eligibility: Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Tribal Governments and Organizations, and educational institutions.
  • Amount: The Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley Restoration Fund anticipates awarding approximately $1.4 million in grants in FY 2023. Grant awards are expected to range from $100,000 to $500,000.

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 fiscal year (FY) 2023 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. The primary focus of this year’s REPI Challenge will be projects that will help make key
mission capabilities of strategic importance to DoD more resilient to climate change and severe weather events (e.g., drought, increased wildfires, thawing permafrost). In addition to these climate resilient projects (Focus Area A), funding is available for projects that promote land conservation or management activities limiting incompatible development (Focus Area B) or relieving current or anticipated environmental restrictions (Focus Area C).

  • 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: The REPI Challenge attempts to fund projects up to a total of $40 million. Funding is contingent upon the availability of appropriations.

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.

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