U.S. Forest Service State Fire Assistance (SFA)
PROGRAM & ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION
Funds are available for all fire management activities including training, planning, hazardous fuel treatments, and fire prevention education programs. This program emphasizes fire risk reduction activities by landowners and residents in at-risk communities to restore and maintain resilient landscapes and create fire-adapted communities.
Programs or activities proposed for SFA funds must meet the following criteria:
- Projects must be in the WUI and protecting a Community-at-Risk (CAR).
- Projects not on Federal lands.
- Programs, projects, or activities must address areas identified and prioritized in a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) or equivalent document.
- Proposed projects should align with the applicable primary factors, guiding principles and core values identified in Phase I of the Cohesive Strategy.
Hazardous fuel reduction proposals can include the purchase of needed supplies and tools (such as chainsaws, personal protective supplies, hand tools, etc.).
Applicants should be able to complete projects within a 24-month grant term. If funded, applicants will be asked to report specific accomplishments, such as acres treated, and provide before, during and after photos.
PROHIBITED PROGRAM EXPENDITURES
Purchase of vehicles or heavy equipment such as tub grinders and other expensive assets will not be funded (suggest rental or lease of these items). Construction and purchasing land are not allowable under the State Fire Assistance Program.
There are two SFA grant programs with available funds in the 2013 cycle.
- $4.5 million in State Fire Assistance or “SFA” funds.
- These funds require a 50/50 cost share/match, which means the federal funding can account for up to 50% of the project’s cost. The remaining 50% must come from non-federal sources and can include cash and/or third-party in-kind.
- $1.93 million in State Fire Assistance or “SFAX” funds.
- These funds require a 50/50 cost share/match, which means the federal funding can account for up to 50% of the project’s cost. The remaining 50% must come from non-federal sources and can include cash and/or third-party in-kind
- These funds have an additional emphasis on aligning with the applicable primary factors, guiding principles and core values identified in Phase I of the Cohesive Strategy.
- Information on matching contributions or in-kind goods and services:
- They shall not be derived from other federal assistance programs
- They shall not be used as an in-kind contribution toward cost matching requirements for any other grant program
- Their value will be determined using scales and estimate appropriate for the local area
- They will not include grant application preparation fees
Total value of USFS projects selected for funding in FFY 2012: $4.1 million
Average size of USFS grants in FFY 2012: $100,000