Forest Service Seeks Applicants for Cohesive Fire Strategy Grants

Staff report

Milwaukee, Wisconsin — November 17, 2023

The USDA Forest Service Eastern Region has opened applications for the 2024 Cohesive Fire Strategy grant program, inviting proposals aimed at supporting local wildfire management initiatives across 20 Northeastern and Midwestern states. The region, which has allocated nearly $26 million through this program over the last six years, is gearing up for another round of funding, although the specific amount for 2024 is pending determination.

These competitive grants are divided into two primary categories: Wildfire Risk Reduction and Cross-Boundary Hazardous Fuels Reduction. Eligible applicants encompass a diverse range of entities, including sovereign Tribal nations, states, local governments, nonprofit organizations, forest fire compacts, and academic institutions. For the Wildfire Risk Reduction grants, organizations can request a maximum of $300,000 per project, while the Cross-Boundary projects do not have a predefined funding limit.

Steve Goldman, Forest Service Eastern Region Fire and Aviation Management Deputy Director, emphasized the significance of these grants, stating, “Through the Cohesive Fire Strategy competitive grant program, we are supporting our partners in protecting lives, homes, and property, fostering resilient, fire-adapted landscapes, and enhancing wildfire preparedness for the benefit of local communities and forests.” This initiative underscores the commitment to mitigating catastrophic wildfires, transcending jurisdictional or property boundaries.

The deadline for final submissions is slated for January 16, 2024.

Applicants seeking information on eligibility and application procedures are encouraged to visit Grants.gov under USDA-FS-2024-cohesive-strategy.

The Forest Service Eastern Region State, Private, and Tribal Forestry program, operating across 20 Northeastern and Midwestern states and the District of Columbia, collaborates extensively with states, Tribes, landowners, federal agencies, and partners. Their collaborative efforts aim to protect, conserve, and manage forests and community trees through the provision of grants and technical assistance.

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