$15 million in grants available for Colorado communities to reduce wildfire risk

The Colorado State Forest Service is now accepting applications for the Forest Restoration and Fire Risk Mitigation Grant Program.

Community groups, homeowners associations, utilities, and nonprofits are just a few of the groups eligible to apply for grants from the $15 million funding pool.

Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on October 19, and applicants may seek assistance from their local Forest Service office. Contact information can be found at CSFS.ColoState.edu/areas.

The grant program helps fund projects that strategically reduce wildfire risk and promote forest health through science-based forestry practices. The competitive grant program is designed to reduce risks to people and property at the interface between nature and urban areas and to support long-term ecological restoration. Projects can be on private, state, county or municipal forest lands.

There is a matching grant component. The State can finance up to 50% or 75% of the cost of each awarded project. Grant recipients must contribute at least 50% or 25% of the total project cost. This can be done through cash or in-kind contributions, with the corresponding amount depending on whether the project location is in an area of ​​“less economic resources,” as identified in the Colorado Forest Atlas.

Applicants should coordinate proposed projects with relevant county officials to ensure consistency with county-level wildfire risk reduction planning.

Follow-up monitoring is also a necessary component to help demonstrate the effectiveness of various treatments and the usefulness of grant resources. The Forest Service will work with successful applicants to conduct project monitoring and conduct site visits to assess project effectiveness and completion. For more information, visit the State Forest Service website at CSFS.ColoState.edu/grants.

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