Community Wildfire Defense Grant

Last update: 9/29/2022
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What is the Community Wildfire Defense Grant (CWDG)?

The CWDG is a federal grant program that is intended to help at-risk, local communities and tribes with planning for and mitigating against the risk created by wildfire. Applications are now open for the USDA Community Wildfire Defense Grants and must be submitted by October 5 at 8:00 p.m. 
There is $160M available per year over the next five years through CWDG nationally.

What does the CWDG fund?

There are three types of projects for which the grant provides funding:
  • The development of Community Wildfire Protection Plans
  • The updating of Community Wildfire Protection Plans
  • The implementation of projects described in a Community Wildfire Protection Plan and/or Hazard Mitigation Plan with a Wildfire Section that is less than ten years old.
  • Funding is not available for fire suppression training, equipment, or supplies.

Who can apply for CWDG funds?

Any community at risk to wildfire can apply, including:
  • Local government
  • Tribes
  • Non-profit organizations (including Homeowner Associations)
  • State forestry agency

How are CWDG funds prioritized?

Applications will be prioritized by areas of high or very high wildfire hazard, low income communities, communities impacted by a severe disaster within the last ten years.

How do I apply?

Applicants will need to request a unique application link for each proposal through the WA State Point-of-Contact, Guy Gifford at Applicants also will need to complete and submit an online grant proposal by October 5 at 8:00 p.m. through A fillable PDF version of the application can be found here to use while developing the content for the application. If you do not already have one, you must also register at to create a Unique Entity ID.
Detailed grant information and eligible project examples can be found below under "CWDG Resources" in the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Western States and Territories.
Washington State Department of Natural Resources is hosting four more Q&A sessions over Zoom.
CWDG Weekly Sessions
September 14, 21, 28, and October 5 
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Meeting ID: 849 9994 7843
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WA State Point-of-Contact
Guy Gifford
(509) 990-6218
Additional Contacts

General CWDG Information

CWDG Application Resources