Approximately $875,000 is available within Oregon for community hazardous fuels reduction projects. Only two applications per county will be accepted (one from state entities and one from non-state entities). There may be $250,000 recommended budget per project proposal but not mandatory. Match is not required.

Step 1. Local CWPP Group Coordinates and Submits Proposals

Local CWPP groups will collaboratively develop hazardous fuels treatment projects on non-federal lands within high priority areas identified in the statewide assessments and resource strategies and within a completed CWPP.

The CWPP group will also recommend which organization involved in the group (i.e. non-profit group, county organization, or state organization etc.) would be the most appropriate to submit the project proposal and become the grant recipient.

Step 2. How to Apply

Application form is available at: NFP Application FY15 Final.docx or NFP Application FY15.pdf

Please contact Dennis Fiore (BLM) at 503.808.6334 or dfiore@blm.gov for further information regarding the grant process and assistance with the application. Your local CWPP working group and/or local state forestry representative may be available to assist as well.

Proposal applications, including a map no larger than 5Mb, must be submitted to blm_or_nw_fire_plan_grants@blm.gov by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 13th, 2015.

Step 3. Oregon Independent Interagency Review Panel

Criteria for Scoring:

Successful applications will meet the following federal criteria:

  • Project is identified in a completed CWPP

  • Adjacent to Forest Service fuels reduction project completed within the last three years or planned within the next three years

  • In a high priority landscape area identified in the Statewide Forest Assessment and Resource Strategy (See Word DOC or Acrobat PDF)

  • Includes a map that clearly identifies the project area on non-federal lands and the adjacent to Forest Service project or projects. Also includes key Forest Service contact information.

Review at the statewide level will consider:

  • Meets the above considerations. If not, the application will be ineligible.

  • Communities with new projects may be prioritized higher than those that have been awarded a National Fire Plan grant in the last two fiscal years, both from the Western States Fire Managers grant process and from this Wildland-Urban Interface Community Assistance grant program.

  • Project's enhancement of community capacity (e.g., educate on Firewise principles, provide jobs/job training, assisting underserved communities)

Grants will be scored based on the following: (highest possible score is 12)

  1. Project Purpose: Clearly describes the need, the hazards/risks, the goals and objectives, the work, and the deliverables Clearly defined = 2 ; Needs more info = 1; None = 0

  2. Timeline: How much time will be invested and are there good prospects for achievement in the given timeframe? Achievable? Yes, clearly = 2; Yes but needs more info/inaccurate/etc. = 1; No = 0

  3. Is the project collaborative? Collaborators input is clearly defined = 2; Collaborators listed but roles not defined = 1; Not there = 0

  4. Longevity and maintenance: What does the project look like beyond the funds? Clearly defined = 2; Mentioned but not defined = 1; Not mentioned = 0

  5. Budget items clearly defined, accurate and appropriate: Achievable? Yes, clearly = 2; Yes but needs more info/inaccurate budget/etc. = 1; No = 0

  6. Is the project measurable? Clearly defined outputs/deliverables = 2; Mentioned but not clear =1; No = 0

Step 4. PNWCG review and decision

The Oregon Independent interagency review panel will provide recommendations to the PNWCG-FMWT by Friday, April 17th, 2015. PNWCG FMWT will review each state's proposal list and make its 2015 grant program recommendation to the PNWCG Steering Committee, when it will be affirmed by PNWCG for grant selection by Wednesday, April 29th, 2015. Applicants will be notified by the PNWCG FMWT regarding their application by Monday, May 4th, 2015.