FRANKFORT, KY (5/29/12) – The Kentucky Division of Forestry is currently accepting applications for this year’s Firewise Community Grant Program.
Kentucky Firewise is a program designed to provide technical and financial assistance to communities, counties and organizations in fire-prone areas known as the wildland/urban interface.
Firewise grants provide funding for a variety of activities and projects that emphasize safe planning and design, effective emergency response and individual responsibility for safer home design. Specifically, the grant program includes the following objectives:
• Provides cost-share funds for fire mitigation and Firewise activities;
• Fosters closer relationships with fire departments and communities;
• Educates the public about the benefits of fire mitigation;
• Reduces the risks of wildfire in wildland/urban interface areas; and
• Requires completion of a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP).
Requests for grant funding range from $1,000 to $20,000 and will be administered through a cost-share reimbursement system. All grant recipients must provide a match of 20 percent of the total project costs with non-federal or in-kind contributions. Eligible projects include development of local Firewise Councils; GIS mapping of at-risk communities; mechanical removal or reduction of hazardous fuels; Firewise or fire mitigation educational activities; and consulting services to complete a community wildfire hazard assessment or a CWPP.
Additional details about eligibility and program objectives along with application forms and proposal instructions are available on the division’s website:
Grant proposals must be received by the Kentucky Division of Forestry, 627 Comanche Trail, Frankfort, KY 40601 by 4:30 p.m. EDT on July 15, 2012. For additional information, please contact Jennifer Turner at 1-800-866-0555.
Information provided by Lynn True
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