Grants

Cooperative Forestry & Fire Grants

Funds for these programs come from the U.S. Forest Service State and Private Forestry (S&PF) branch to address urban to rural forest conservation, protection and enhancement needs as identified in Nevada’s Forest Action Plan. NDF works to ensure that federal dollars are invested in locally supported projects that address issues of national importance and provide meaningful, lasting, and measurable outcomes.

Greater Sage-grouse Habitat Improvement

The State of Nevada and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are now partnering on a Regional Conservation Protection Partnership (RCPP) effort, which will make financial and technical assistance available to producers to support conservation projects that protect and/or improve greater sage grouse (GRSG) habitat on private lands.  Agricultural producers interested in generating and enrolling GRSG habitat credits into the Nevada Conservation Credit System (CCS) are encouraged to apply for these special Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funds through the Greater Outcomes for Greater Sage-Grouse RCPP. 

 

Eligible conservation practices may include, but are not limited to, sagebrush establishment, perennial grass and/or forb seeding, riparian and/or meadow enhancements, cross-fencing, off-stream watering for livestock and wildlife, and removal of phase 1 and 2 pinyon juniper encroachment.  In addition, applicants are expected to apply for practice code 645, high intensity upland wildlife habitat management, which is planned to be implemented with the help of the State and its partners.  Selected applicants will also be asked to have habitat measured so that available credits for the CCS are quantified, to develop and implement a management plan to maintain high quality GRSG habitat, and should anticipate cooperating with the State of Nevada to ensure the objectives for this RCPP effort are met. 

 

Applications are now being accepted and must be received before 4 p.m. on July 17, 2017 by NRCS to be considered in the first project funding period.  See the following link for the official announcement from the NRCS State Office: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/nv/newsroom/releases/?cid=NRCSEPRD1333815

 

Contact:

Heather Emmons 

USDA-NRCS Public Affairs
(775) 857-8500 x 105

Forest Legacy Program (FLP) Grants

Eligible applicants include Tribal and local government agencies, land trust organizations, and other qualified non-profit conservation organizations.

NDF is currently accepting FLP applications for the 2017-2018 funding cycle. The application and instructions can be downloaded using the links below. Both application forms – Part I: Project Nomination Form and Part II: Project Brief – must be completed and submitted to NDF.  The submission deadline for applications is 5:00 PM (PDT) Friday, June 16, 2017. Late applications will not be accepted. 

Example of successful project brief:

Please watch this video celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the FLP for a brief program overview.

Additional Legacy Program success stories can be read here.

General information about the Forest Legacy Program can be found at: http://www.fs.fed.us/spf/coop/programs/loa/flp.shtml 

Contact:

Heather Giger
Stewardship/Legacy Coordinator
775-684-2552

Urban and Community Forestry Program Grants

2017/18 Urban and Community Forestry

This program provides funding to local governments, educational institutions, Native –American tribal governments and non-profit groups for urban forestry projects. It is being offered to encourage Nevada cities, towns and counties to create urban forestry programs based on a vision that recognizes the value of trees within a community. Proposed programs that foster partnerships reflecting the ongoing effort to provide healthy, safe and livable neighborhoods are highly encouraged. This grant program is part of Nevada’s ongoing initiative to provide funding for urban tree inventory and analysis, management planning, urban forestry awareness, education and outreach projects, and new urban tree plantings.

All qualifying applications will be evaluated and ranked for approval before being awarded. All projects must be completed by May of 2018. Applications for funding are due by 5:00 pm on May 22, 2017. 

2017/18 Urban Forestry Grant Application Package

Contact:

Lisa Ortega
Urban and Community Forestry Coordinator
702-486-5123 Ext. 226

 

Community Forest & Open Space Program (CFP) Grants

Eligible applicants include Tribal and local government agencies, land trust organizations, and other qualified non-profit conservation organizations.

NDF is no longer accepting applications for the 2016-2017 funding cycle. NDF will be soliciting pre-proposals for the 2017-2018 funding cycle beginning fall 2017. Additional information and application forms will be provided on this webpage at that time.

Additional information about the Community Forest and Open Space Program and successful past projects can be found at: http://www.fs.fed.us/cooperativeforestry/programs/loa/cfp.shtml

Contact:

Heather Giger
Stewardship/Legacy Coordinator
775-684-2552

Landscape Scale Restoration (LSR) Grants

Eligible applicants include State and local agencies, tribes, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions.

NDF has produced an overview presentation of the Landscape Scale Restoration (LSR), Western States Fire Managers (WSFM), and Hazardous Fuels-Community Protection (HF-CP) Grants and the application process for each. The presentation can be downloaded here

Documents specific to the 2018 LSR Pre-proposal can be viewed and downloaded using the following links:

The 2018 LSR application form is not yet available for the Western States. For information purposes, see instructions and criteria for the 2017 applications at http://www.thewflc.org/landscape-scale-restoration-competitive-grant-program/fy-2017-landscape-scale-restoration. The 2018 process will be very similar.

Reviewing past successful applications will help with the preparation of competitive projects and pre-proposals. The applications below provide good examples of content and format that clearly describe the project, address the scoring criteria and explain how funding will be used. Additional successful LSR applications may be viewed at https://www.forestrygrants.org/westernLSR/.

2016 Pinyon-Juniper Encroachment ; 2016 Turf Conversion ; 2017 Clearwater Complex

Contact:

Heather Giger
Stewardship/Legacy Coordinator
775-684-2552

 

Western States Fire Managers (WSFM) & Hazardous Fuels-Community Protection (HF-CP) Grants

Eligible applicants include State and local agencies, tribes, non-profit organizations, companies, homeowners associations, and educational institutions. Emphasis is on hazard fuel reduction, restoration of fire adapted ecosystems, prevention education, and community wildfire protection planning.

NDF has produced an overview presentation of available grants and process. The presentation can be downloaded here.

Reviewing past successful applications will help you prepare a good, competitive project and proposal. The applications below provide good examples of content and format that clearly describe the project, address the scoring criteria and explain how funding will be used.

Western States Fire Managers (WSFM)

Go to https://www.forestrygrants.org/cwsfWUI/public/applications and click on the “CWSF/WUI” button, then click on the “FY2017 Proposals” button. Then click on the grant names at the website that are listed below. 

WA – West Blues
OR – Noti
MT – Golden Crown
NE – Niobara Valley
ID – Goose Creek
OR – Wild Murphy
AK – Caswell Phase 1
CO – Statewide Monitor
ID – Island Park
CO – Aspen Park
WA – Deer Creek
WY – Natrona

Hazardous Fuels-Community Protection (HF-CP)

2015 Clear Creek ; 2016 Little Valley RX ; 2016 Currant Summit 

Contact:

Ryan S. Shane
Cooperative Forestry & Fire Supervisor, Community Protection Coordinator
775-684-2511

Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Grants

Eligible applicants include single Volunteer Fire Departments serving rural areas or communities with a population of less than 10,000;  Area fire departments (fire districts, townships, etc.) may serve an aggregate population of greater than 10,000 as long as the service area of the fire department includes a rural area or a rural community having a population of 10,000 or less; and VFA grants may be approved to fire training academies if they benefit the rural communities and to federally recognized Indian tribes as long as the VFD is not administered by the BIA.

Nevada Division of Forestry is not currently accepting applications. For reference only, the 2013-2014 Volunteer Fire Assistance Program application and instructions are available at the links below. If you wish to be notified of the next application period, please send your contact information to the Community Protection Coordinator shown below. Grants are usually available every two to three years, based on federal funding amounts and cycles.

2017 Press Release

2017 Application Instructions

2017 Application

Contact:

Ryan S. Shane
Cooperative Forestry & Fire Supervisor, Community Protection Coordinator
775-684-2511

 

Forest Health Grants

Are you a victim of Insects and Disease on your Nevada Forest ?  Click here for a map of the area surveyed in 2015. Funding is given to Nevada Division of Forestry from the United States Forest Service to provide technical assistance and to help Nevada forest landowners improve the health of their forests on the ground. This funding is currently available from NDF to Nevada forest landowners with 5 acres or more or of native  trees to manage their vegetation using best practices.  The funding is granted to private forest landowners using “reimbursable sub-grants” on a 50:50 basis.  To understand the tax consequences of this funding see the following FS Tax Tip document http://www.fs.fed.us/spf/coop/library/taxtips2011.pdf

To apply for this reimbursable cost-share funding fill out this Grant Application Form (PDF) and contact the forest health specialist for more information.

Contact:

Gene Phillips
Forest Health Specialist
775-849-2500 ext 241

 

Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership

The U.S. Forest Service and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service are working together to improve the health of forests where public and private lands meet. Through the Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership, the two USDA agencies are restoring landscapes, reducing wildfire threats to communities and landowners, protecting water quality and enhancing wildlife habitat.

Latest Announcement (2016)

Previous applications and other information. 

Contact:

Heather Giger
Stewardship/Legacy Coordinator
775-684-2552

 

FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)

The FEMA HMGP is authorized by Section 404 of the Stafford Act is to ensure that opportunities to reduce the risk of loss of life and property from future disasters is not lost during the reconstruction process following a Presidential major disaster declaration. The HMGP provides funds to States, Territories, Indian Tribal governments, local governments, and eligible private non-profits (PNPs) in areas of the State requested by the Governor. Indian Tribal governments may also submit a request for a major disaster declaration within their impacted area. Eligible activities under the HMGP program are referenced in the Eligible Activity section of the Digest. The Hazard Mitigation Ideas reference from FEMA has wildfire mitigation section on pages 70-74. More information on the HMGP can be found here.

 

FEMA Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program (PDM)

The FEMA PDM grant is authorized by Section 203 of the Stafford Act, 42 U.S.C. 5133, is designed to assist States, Territories, Federally-recognized tribes, and local communities to implement a sustained pre-disaster natural hazard mitigation program to reduce overall risk to the population and structures from future hazard events, while also reducing reliance on Federal funding in future disasters. The PDM program is subject to the availability of Federal appropriations, as well as any program-specific directives or restrictions made with respect to such funds. Eligible activities under the PDM program are referenced in the Eligible Activity section of the Digest. The Hazard Mitigation Ideas reference from FEMA has wildfire mitigation section on pages 70-74.  More information on the PDM Grant Program can be found here.

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