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 and 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.
 

Western States Fire Managers (WSFM) Grants – Closed

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 processes. The presentation can be downloaded here.

Please use the following forms for the pre-proposal:

Reviewing past successful applications are helpful in preparing competitive projects and 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.

Western States Fire Managers (WSFM) past successful applications:

Go to https://www.forestrygrants.org/cwsfWUI/ and click on the “CWSF/WUI” button, then click on the “FY2019 Proposals” button. Then click on the grant names at the website that are listed below. 

NE – CWPP
WA – NE – Old Dominion 
AK – Building Resilience
NV – Rosewood Canyon Fuel

Contact:

Michael Vollmer
Cooperative Forestry & Fire Supervisor, Community Protection Coordinator
775-684-2511

 

Landscape Scale Restoration (LSR) Grants – Closed

Eligible applicants include other 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 2020 LSR Pre-proposal can be viewed and downloaded using the following links:

Review instructions and scoring criteria for the Western States LSR at https://www.thewflc.org/landscape-scale-restoration-competitive-grant-program/fy-2019-landscape-scale-restoration. The 2020 funding announcement has not yet been released, but the process will be very similar to previous years.

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 ; 2018 MT Goldcreek; 2019 Meadow Valley Riparian

Contact:

Heather Giger
Stewardship/Legacy Coordinator
775-684-2552

 

Forest Legacy Program (FLP) Grants – Open  

Eligible applicants include private landowners, tribal and local government agencies, land trust organizations, and other qualified non-profit conservation organizations. Funding applications must be submitted electronically to Heather Giger by 5:00 pm (PDT), Friday, August 16, 2019 to be considered for the current funding cycle.

Please review the FLP funding overview and application instructions prior to completing and submitting the application, which can be downloaded by clicking on the links below. Contact FLP Program Coordinator, Heather Giger, with any questions about the funding process and for technical assistance with completing the application.

Additional information about the Legacy Program can be found at: https://www.fs.fed.us/managing-land/private-land/forest-legacy 

Contact:

Heather Giger
Stewardship/Legacy Coordinator
775-684-2552

 

Conservation Education & Outreach Grants – Open  

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

The Conservation Education and Outreach Program (CE) provides funding to organizations that help people of all ages understand and appreciate our country’s natural resources and how to conserve those resources for future generations. Through structured educational experiences and activities targeted to diverse age groups and populations, CE enables people to realize how natural resources and ecosystems affect each other and how resources can be used wisely.

Funding is currently available for eligible applicants to expand or enhance CE programs and activities. Funding requests may not exceed $10,000 per application and indirect costs may not exceed 10% of the total budget request. All qualifying applications will be evaluated upon receipt by NDF program staff and given priority rankings. Selected projects will be awarded funding on a continuing basis until available funds have been allocated, at which time, notification will be sent that no further applications will be accepted until the next fiscal year.

Contact NDF Program Coordinator, Heather Giger, with any questions about the award process or for technical assistance with completing the grant application. The CE application form is available for download using the following link:

Contact:

Heather Giger
Stewardship/Legacy Coordinator
775-684-2552

 

Urban Forest Leadership Training Grants – Closed

Need more leadership skills to grow your urban forestry program?  The Municipal Forestry Institute (MFI) may be able to take you there! MFI is an exciting, high‐level training opportunity educating people in the leadership and managerial aspects of urban forestry. This week‐long intensive educational program delivers a challenging opportunity to grow a more successful community tree program. Learn and master leadership and management tools of program administration, coalition building, strategic thinking, program planning, and public relations by investing a week in your personal growth and development.  

This grant covers all expenses. Grant match is time to attend. Check it out here: Urban Forest Training 

2019 Municipal Forestry Institute Application coming soon.

 

Urban and Community Forestry Program Grants – Closed

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. Grant applications are open, and are awarded on an open and continuing basis. 

2018.2019 Urban Forestry grant application

Contact:

Michael Vollmer
Urban and Community Forestry Coordinator
702-486-5123 Ext. 226

 

Community Forest & Open Space Program (CFP) Grants – Closed

Eligible applicants include private landowners, tribal and local government agencies, land trust organizations, and other qualified non-profit conservation organizations. Funding applications must be submitted electronically to Heather Giger by 5:00 pm, June 29, 2018, to be considered for the current funding cycle.

Please review the CFP application instructions and funding overview prior to completing and submitting the application. The instructions and application can be viewed and downloaded by clicking on the links below. Contact CFP Program Coordinator, Heather Giger, with any questions about the funding process, and for technical assistance with completing the application.

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

 

Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Grants – Closed

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 2017 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:

Michael Vollmer
Cooperative Forestry & Fire Supervisor, Community Protection Coordinator
775-684-2511

 

Forest Health Grants Closed

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

 

Federal Excess Property Program (FEPP) & Firefighter Property Program – Open

The Federal Excess Personal Property (FEPP) and Firefighter Property (FFP) programs enables the Nevada Division of Forestry (NDF) to acquire, “on loan” from the federal government, property that assists the NDF in fulfilling its emergency response mission. That property includes such items as trucks, fire tools, hoses, vehicle parts, nozzles, generators, air compressors, fire protection clothing, aircraft, and aircraft parts. Nevada Division of Forestry utilizes FEPP and FFP to assist in reducing state fire budgets by loaning federal-owned property to fire departments. To qualify for this program, a partner must be responsible for providing fire protection within the department’s jurisdiction. You can learn more about this program at the federal FEPP and FPP website.

“To submit a request, click here

Contact:

Ron Bollier
Fire Program Manager
775-684-2556

Endangered Plant Species Conservation Grants

Funds for these programs come from the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for the planning, conservation, disturbance mitigation, research, propagation and management of federally listed or candidate species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). NDF maintains a ESA-Section 6 Agreement with the USFWS which allows NDF to apply for, use, or pass-through grant funds to project proponents to ensure that rare species in Nevada are conserved.  

Non-Traditional Section 6 Grants – Closed

Eligible applicants include State, County, non-profit, or private organizations that seek to increase the viability and sustainability of ESA listed and candidate species in Nevada.

More than half of all species listed as endangered or threatened spend at least part of their life cycle on non-federal lands. The USFWS and NDF recognize that success in conserving species requires working cooperatively with local communities to foster voluntary stewardship efforts on non-federal lands. Tools are available under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to help States and landowners plan and implement projects to conserve species. This program offers Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Funds for Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) Planning Assistance, HCP Land Acquisition, and Recovery Land Acquisition Grants). Grant applications must include 25% non-federal in-kind or cash match. Grant applications must be provided to NDF no later than 4/26/19 at 5p PST (earlier indication of intent to submit needs to occur so that NDF can honor the requirement that NDF confer with the USFWS before submittal; NDF is available to cooperators to provide solicitation review and suggested edits). For more information, please see the Notice of Funding Opportunity, Region 8 listed species and candidate species lists.

Contact:
Ryan S. Shane
Resource Program Manager
(775) 684-2507

Traditional Section 6 Grants – Open

Eligible applicants include State, County, non-profit, or private organizations that seek to increase the viability and sustainability of ESA listed and candidate species in Nevada.

More than half of all species listed as endangered or threatened spend at least part of their life cycle on non-federal lands. The USFWS and NDF recognize that success in conserving species requires working cooperatively with local communities to foster voluntary stewardship efforts on non-federal lands. Tools are available under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to help States and landowners plan and implement projects to conserve species. This program offers Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Funds for:

● Introduction of species into suitable habitats within their historic range
● Enhancement or restoration of habitat
● Surveys and inventories of habitats
● Species status surveys
● Propagation of animals and plants
● Research such as genetic analysis to determine genetic health and population structure
● Public education and outreach tools such as website development or coordination workshops with local landowners to address a specific threat to a species
● Monitoring of candidate, at-risk and recently recovered species
● Other qualifying activities

Grant applications must include 25% non-federal in-kind or cash match. Grant applications must be provided to NDF no later than 4/26/19 at 5p PST (earlier indication of intent to submit needs to occur so that NDF can honor the requirement that NDF confer with the USFWS before submittal; NDF is available to cooperators to provide solicitation review and suggested edits). For more information, please see the Notice of Funding Opportunity, Region 8 listed species and candidate species lists.

Contact:
Ryan S. Shane
Resource Program Manager
(775) 684-2507

Other Grants

The grants listed below are managed by agencies and organizations other than NDF and are posted here to increase public awareness of additional funding opportunities that compliment NDF programs and activities.  

NDA Cooperative Weed Management Grant 

The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) announces the availability of funding from the United States Forest Service (USFS) State and Private Forestry Cooperative Weed Management Cost-Share Program for the control of non-native invasive plants related to the protection, enhancement and restoration of greater sage grouse habitat. Download additional grant information and application instructions here.

Deadline for submission of proposals is Tuesday, April 30, 2019 by 5:00 PM Pacific Time.

Contact:

Sean Gephart
Nevada Department of Agriculture 
775-353-3640

Regional Conservation Partnership Program

$1.2 Million in Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) funds available for wildfire restoration and other sagebrush ecosystem improvements.

Conservation funds are available for landscape enhancement and restoration within sage grouse habitat areas. The Sagebrush Ecosystem Program anticipates funding actions that will assist landowners as well as improve habitat for sage grouse. Improvements in wildfire affected areas will be a priority of this funding cycle, although habitat improvements throughout Greater Sage Grouse habitat areas will be approved if funding allows. The 1st deadline for applications is November 16th, 2018, and applications submitted thereafter will likely be reviewed in the Spring of 2019.

Eligible Practices:

  • Seeding
  • Sagebrush establishment
  • Weed and pre-emergent treatments
  • Cross-fencing
  • Watering infrastructure
  • Meadow/riparian improvements
  • Prescribed, targeted, or deferred grazing
  • Brush management
  • Other practices are also available

RCPP Process:

  • An applicant receives an estimate of potential credits within the Nevada Conservation Credit System.
  • Applicants with projects of special merit or in need of timely application of practices to reduce resource problems may request a waiver to start the practice prior to contract obligation. Participants must meet all eligibility requirements and practices must meet all NRCS design requirements and specifications.
  • Improvements on public allotments may be eligible.
  • Participants are to self-certify for Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) requirements. Participants who exceed gross AGI thresholds for participation may request a waiver to the AGI requirements through RCPP.

Nevada’s Sagebrush Ecosystem Technical Team will assess habitat eligibility, estimate potential credits, assist with application materials, and connect you with your local NRCS staff. 

Contact:
Ethan Mower (Agriculture)
Sagebrush Ecosystem Technical Team
(775) 684-8600 ext. 25

Kathleen Petter (State Lands)
Sagebrush Ecosystem Technical Team
(775) 684-8600 ext. 24

NDEP Nonpoint Source Water Pollution Prevention Funding

The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection’s (NDEP) Bureau of Water Quality Planning has approximately $1 million in federal funding available to provide grant assistance for projects that prevent or control nonpoint source water pollution, the leading cause of water quality impairment in Nevada.

All proposals must follow the guidelines for application outlined in the Request for Proposals (RFP), which is available for download at Clean Water Act 319(h) Grants. State, local and tribal governments, nonprofit organizations and educational institutions are eligible to apply. A non-federal match (cash and/or in-kind) of at least 50% of the total project cost is required.

Proposals will be accepted between 8:00 a.m. July 9, 2018, and 5:00 p.m. August 24, 2018. Selected proposals will be awarded federal funds available under Section 319(h) of the Clean Water Act, and will be administered by NDEP’s Nonpoint Source Program. Applicants unsure of eligibility of proposals are invited, but not required, to submit a Pre-application available at the above website. Pre-applications are due by July 27, 2018, by 5:00 p.m.

Contact:
Birgit Widegren, NDEP
(775) 687-9550

NFPA Community Wildfire Preparedness Day Grants

Downloadable Save-the-Date Annoucement

When it comes to Community Wildfire Preparedness, one tool that may be helpful in your outreach to your communities are the funding awards provided as a part of NFPA’s Wildfire Community Preparedness Day provided with sponsorship from State Farm.

The application period for funding awards opens this year on January 7 and closes on the 1st of March.  It is a very simple online application. Resources are available on the Wildfire Prep Day page (www.WildfirePrepDay.org) to assist those who want to apply. 

For assistance with the NFPA’s Wildfire Community Preparedness Day please contact:

Michael S. Beaudoin
Coordinator- Nevada Network of Fire Adapted Communities
775-684-2519

 

Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership

Eligible applicants include private landowners, tribal and local government agencies working in coordination with the National Forest System and/or State Lands.

The U.S. Forest Service (FS) and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are working together to improve the health of forests where public and private lands meet. Through the Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership, the two agencies are reducing and mitigating wildfire threats to communities and landowners, protecting water quality and supply for communities and industry, and improving wildlife habitat for at-risk or ecosystem surrogate species.

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2019 funding cycle. Proposed projects require the approval of both local and regional FS and NRCS representatives, and must include activities on a combination of private and public lands.

The submission deadline for applications is October 19, 2018. Proposals should be submitted electronically to Martin Lowenfish, NRCS, and Clint Cross, FS. The current announcement and application template are listed below:

Additional information about the Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership and successful 2018 projects can be viewed here.

For assistance with the Joint Chiefs’ application, please 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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