Grants

Many state and federal programs provide funding to help communities in wildland/urban interface (WUI) areas reduce their wildfire risk. Funding has been awarded to Idaho’s county governments, fire-based emergency services, tribes, and nonprofit organizations. Grants support hazardous fuels reduction, improved readiness and capacity of local fire districts, and community planning. The focus is on reducing the threat of catastrophic wildfire and encouraging economic uses for small-diameter woody biomass.

Entities interested in large-scale fuel reduction grants should work with their County Emergency Manager to develop their project, coordinate efforts, and identify funding sources.

Idaho Firewise Grants

Idaho Firewise offers grants to fire departments, communities, and other organizations for educational projects that increase wildland fire awareness and preparedness. Possibilities include:

  • Production of a community calendar that educates homeowners about wildland fire safety
  • Development and printing of a handout to educate homeowners about wildland fire preparedness
  • Mailing of fire education materials to homeowners
  • Purchase of products/materials for a community wildland fire safety day

To apply for a grant from Idaho Firewise, please submit a proposal in accordance with the proposal requirements.

Over the past 5 years, Idaho Firewise has granted more than $37,000 to communities throughout Idaho.

2015

  • Idaho Project Learning Tree: $3,000 to implement Wildfires and Weeds workshops for teachers
  • Valley County: $7,000 to implement a woody debris collection program for the communities of McCall, Donnelly, and Cascade
  • Central Foothills Neighborhood Association: $2,290 to help elderly and disabled residents complete Firewise landscaping projects
  • Clearwater Soil and Water Conservation District: $1,760 to conduct home evaluations and implement the Clearwater County Firewise Education program

2014

  • Idaho Project Learning Tree: $3,000 to implement Wildfires and Weeds workshops for teachers
  • Nez Perce Tribe: $1,000 to print wrap graphics for their fire prevention/information trailer
  • Boise Fire Department: $1,500 for educational signs at the Station 12 Firewise Demonstration Garden
  • Valley County: $7,000 to implement a woody debris collection program for the communities of McCall, Donnelly, and Cascade
  • Treasure Valley Fire Prevention and Safety Coop: $400 to host a celebration of Smokey Bear’s 70th birthday at the Idaho Botanical Garden

2013

  • Idaho Project Learning Tree: $3,000 to implement Wildfires and Weeds workshops for teachers
  • Conkling Park Community Association: $200 to create fire restrictions signs
  • Ada County Soil and Water Conservation District: $600 to implement a fifth-grade field day
  • Valley County: $6,000 to implement a woody debris collection program for the communities of McCall, Donnelly, and Cascade
  • North Central Idaho Fire Prevention Coop: $4,700 to bring a troupe of performing artists to rural schools in north-central Idaho. They performed a program called Fire Speaks the Land.
  • Boise Fire Department: $1,500 for educational signs at the Station 1 Firewise Demonstration Garden

2012

  • Treasure Valley Fire Prevention Coop: $250 to purchase giveaways for their annual fire prevention event
  • Idaho Project Learning Tree: $3,000 to implement Wildfires and Weeds workshops for teachers
  • Central Foothills Neighborhood Association: $3,000 to create a Firewise demonstration site

2011

  • Eagle Fire Department: $8,000 to create a website and develop signs for the Healthy Hills Initiative
  • Silver City Fire and Rescue: $2,000 for the Owyhee Firewise Conference
  • Bonner County Weed Department: $5,000 to print weed control handbooks that include a section on wildland fire preparation and prevention