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On June 29, 2015, the Department of Natural Resources announced the availability of another $1 million for wildfire risk reduction projects, through the Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant Program.

Two types of projects will be considered through this grant program:

  • Fuels treatment projects located in Colorado that reduce the risk of damage to property, infrastructure, water supplies, and other high-valued assets as a result of wildfire and/or limit the likelihood of wildfires spreading into populated areas.
  • Projects that address unmet needs for capacity at the local level. These grants are designed to provide communities with equipment that will enable them to treat hazardous fuels on state and private lands going forward.

For more information please see the Request for Applications and accompanying documents are available here. The timeline for this grant cycle is as follows:

  • RFA release – June 29, 2015
  • Application deadline – August 28, 2015, 11:59 pm
  • Anticipated award date – Oct 15, 2015
  • Project completion deadline – Within 24 months of receiving award

The Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant Program (WRRG), created under Senate Bill 269 and passed in 2013 by the Colorado General Assembly, focuses on projects that reduce the risk for damage to property, infrastructure and water supplies, and those that limit the likelihood of wildfires spreading into populated areas. Funds are directed to non-federal lands within Colorado. The fourth round of competitive grants was just opened, with an application deadline of August 28, 2015.

In the 2015 legislative session, the Colorado General Assembly passed Senate Bill 15-022, which authorized an additional $1 million for the WRRG Program. To date, the program has been funded with $10.8 million, $9.8 million of which was allocated in three cycles spanning 2013 and 2014.

In total, 89 projects in 26 counties have been funded to treat thousands of acres in high risk areas.

 
Examples of projects considered for funding include:

- Creation of defensible space around homes and structures, based on Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) guidelines.

- Construction of fuel breaks, based on CSFS guidelines.

- Fuels reduction beyond defensible space, designed to protect water supplies and/or reduce fire intensity.