Firewise (FWC) Grant Opportunities

Firewise Hazard Mitigation Program Grant

Grants provided under this program are on a 50-50 cost share basis. DCNR has dedicated money to fund mitigation within Firewise Communities through Northeastern Area Hazard Mitigation Federal Assistance Funding. This grant is for Firewise Communities that have had a wildfire hazard assessment and an emergency action plan completed to mitigate wildfire risks in their community or for communities that would like assistance to become a Firewise Community.  The maximum grant awarded will be $20,000.

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Hazard Mitigation—Federal Assistance grant made available through the National Fire Plan under Section 10(b)3 of the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978 (Volunteer Fire Assistance).

Section 10(b)3 of the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978, as amended by the Forest Stewardship Act of 1990, authorizes and directs the Secretary of Agriculture to provide financial, technical and other assistance to state foresters or other appropriate officials in cooperative efforts to organize, train and equip local forces in rural areas or communities with a population under 10,000 to prevent, control and suppress fires which threaten human life, livestock, wildlife, crops, pastures, orchards, woodlands, farmsteads, or other improvements in rural areas or communities. The key objectives of this program are to save lives and protect property in unprotected or inadequately protected rural areas. Therefore, the selection of the participating agencies must be based on vulnerability and the adequacy of existing fire protection.

This is a cost-share program. Financial assistance on any project during any fiscal year cannot exceed 50% or $20,000, whichever is less, of the actual expenditures, including expenditures of local, public and private nonprofit organizations participating in the agreement. The maximum grant we will consider for this program is $20,000 per community.

Grants received for this program can be used for hazard fuel reduction, development of a Community Wildfire Protection Plan, and Wildfire Prevention, GIS mapping of the community and to enhance public safety towards wildfires in the Wildland Urban Interface. A priority will be placed on projects that include fuel reduction.

These grants cannot be used for purchase of buildings, equipment or vehicles; producing promotional materials to enhance the sale of the community; dry hydrants, signage, gate construction on emergency access roads, building of roads to access the community other than a gated emergency access; consulting services other than for wildfire safety and preparedness; and any other actions outside the intent of the National Fire Plan as interpreted by the Division of Forest Fire Protection.

If you have any questions about this program, please contact Levi Gelnett via e-mail at legelnett@pa.gov or call 717‐783‐7956