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Hazardous Fuels Mitigation Projects

Grants to New Mexico Agencies, Tribes, and
Pueblos to Reduce the Risk of Wildfires

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD), Forestry Division

Deadline Date:

04/12/19 4:30 PM MDT

Description:

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Grants to New Mexico government agencies in eligible locations, including tribal and pueblo agencies, to mitigate the threat of wildfires. Funding is intended to support programs and activities that reduce the use of hazardous fuels, improve fire suppression and prevention, promote community assistance, and restore fire-adapted ecosystems.

The New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD), Forestry Division offers grants for the planning and implementation of hazardous fuels mitigation projects that will reduce the fire threat in Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) areas in New Mexico. Funding will be awarded with emphasis on hazardous fuel reduction, information and education, and community and homeowner action.

Applications shall consider all elements required to implement on the ground treatments, including assessment/scoping, planning, information/education, implementation/treatment, monitoring/evaluation, and acquisition of the necessary permits and consultations to complete the project. Types of expenditures eligible for coverage by the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and the Interior National Fire Plan in 2020 include labor, supplies, travel, and materials.

The 10-year Comprehensive Strategy of the National Fire Plan focuses on assisting people and communities in WUI areas to moderate the threat of catastrophic fire through the four broad goals of the Western Wildland Fire Protection Committee (WWFPC). For a detailed description of these goals, see see the RFP document in Supporting Documents below, pages 2-3.

EMNRD will give priority to activities that tie back to an established CWPP (community wildfire protection plan). CWPPs are created by local communities and may address issues such as wildfire response, hazard mitigation, community preparedness, structure protection, or a combination of the above. (For a copy of the CWPP handbook, see http://www.safnet.org/policyandpress/cwpphandbook.pdf.)

For qualifying project types and examples, see Exhibit F of the RFP indicated above.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174883

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each application is limited to $300,000. Applications over this amount will be considered ineligible.

EMNRD encourages small projects under $75,000 to apply.

Term of Contract:

The contract period shall extend from the date of contract approval by EMNRD for two years, with a possible extension of one year, if the successful Applicants show substantial progress.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants are governmental entities, including tribes and pueblos, which are located within an existing approved Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) or Forest Action Plan area, and which are surrounded by hazardous forest fuels that pose a threat in the event of a wildland fire.

EMNRD encourages communities that are new to the program and small projects to apply.

Purchases of land, equipment, and buildings are not eligible expenditures.

Examples of projects that do not qualify (not all inclusive):

- Maintenance on previous federally funded fuels projects
- Preparedness and suppression capacity building; such as purchase of fire department equipment (try VFA, DHS and FEMA grant programs)
- Small business start-up funding
- Research and development projects (try Economic Action Program)
- GIS and database systems that are not related to the West Wide Wildfire Risk Assessment
- Construction/Infrastructure (building remodel, bridges, road construction, water development)

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants shall submit the CD/DVD or flash drive, one paper original, and four identical paper copies of the Application to Andrew Frederick, Resource Management Bureau Chief, at the EMNRD Forestry Division (see address listed below in Contact Information) no later than 4:30 p.m., Mountain Daylight Time, April 12, 2019.
Applications may not be sent by facsimile or e-mail.

The WWFPC Grant Committee shall make Application selections in mid-June 2019.

Successful Applicants must provide a non-federal cash or in-kind match of 50%.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Address all questions and submit the application to:

Andrew Frederick, Resource Management Bureau Chief
EMNRD, Forestry Division
Wendell Chino Bldg.
1220 S. St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, N.M. 87505
Telephone: (505) 476-3343

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: New Mexico