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Community Wildfire Defense Grant Program (CWDG)

Last updated: March 4, 2024

The Community Wildfire Defense Grants (CWDG) are intended to help at-risk local communities, local governments, Tribes, non-profits, State forestry agencies, and Alaska Native Corporations plan and work to reduce the risk against wildfire.

The CWDG program is available from the USDA Forest Service through the State of Alaska, Division of Forestry & Fire Protection. The grants are funded through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

This information will also be on the Forest Service CWDG website, link below:
Rounds 1 and 2 have closed for the CWDG program. Awards for Round 2 will be announced late April or early May 2024, and the Round 3 NOFO will be released shortly after the award announcements, in late spring/early summer 2024.

Eligibility: The grants are only for eligible projects developed by communities, Tribes, states, non-profits, and Alaska Native Corporations. Communities will receive priority for this program if they are a low-income area, recently impacted by disaster or in a wildfire hazard location.

There are two categories of projects that can be applied for and will be evaluated separately:

  • For Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) Development or Revision: One of the fundamental building blocks in creating a fire adapted community is the development, adoption and continuous use of a well-prepared CWPP. In some cases, a community may choose to utilize a FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plan or Tribal hazard mitigation plan with a wildfire component that meets the same objectives of a CWPP.
  • For project implementation: The project must be described in a Community Wildfire Protection Plan that is not more than 10-years old.
  • Funding is not available for fire suppression training, equipment, or supplies.

Individual grants will fund up to $250,000 to create and update community wildfire protection plans or conduct outreach and education, and up to $10 million for associated infrastructure and resilience projects. Projects must be completed within five years of the award obligation.

ONLINE GRANT WRITING WORKSHOP: This Professional Grant Development Workshop, hosted by UAA will be held online April 9-10th from 6:30am to 2pm AK time. This course is sponsored by the Grant Training Center and does require registration and a course fee.

To register call 1 (866)704-7268 or email

The DOF hosted an Alaskan Applicant Informational webinar on 9/12. The webinar recording can be viewed here:

The slide deck used for the webinar presentation can be found here:



  • Important: Applicants must register in to apply for a grant. Organizations must have an active registration with the System for Award Management (, which will generate a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI). Creating a SAM registration may take several weeks or more to complete. Therefore, ensure you apply for your SAM registration promptly.

How to Apply for the Community Wildfire Defense Grant Program

  • To apply, follow the instructions in the Notices of Funding Opportunity or search for the grant opportunity number specific for your notice (USDA-FS-2023-CWDG-TRIBES, USDA-FS-2023-CWDG-CWSF, USDA-FS-2023-CWDG-NEMW, USDA-FS-2023-CWDG-SGSF) at
  • To receive a unique link to the application portal, contact the Point of Contact (POC) listed in the NOFO. For the State of Alaska, the contact is

The Wildfire Risk To Communities CWDG Web Tool is a new tool for Round 2 that is covered further in the applicant webinars.

Important Resources:

We highly recommend viewing the recorded webinar(s) from USFS for Western States and/or Tribal application instructions. These webinars cover the application process, scoring criteria, and prioritization factors:

September 12th, 2023 CWDG Program Webinar for Applicants

August 10th, 2023 CWDG Program Webinar for Applicants

August 4th, 2023 CWDG Program Webinar for Applicants

Community Wildfire Defense Grant Program