Forest Restoration & Wildfire Risk Mitigation Grant Program
The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) is not currently accepting applications for the Forest Restoration and Wildfire Risk Mitigation (FRWRM) grant program. Eligible applications received by the CSFS in May are under review. Applicants will be notified about awards in the summer of 2021.
The FRWRM grant program supports projects on non-federal lands in Colorado for the purposes of:
- Fuels and forest health projects, and/or
- Capacity building projects
Eligible applicants include local community groups, local government entities such as fire protection districts, public and private utilities, state agencies, and non-profit groups.
The FRWRM program was established through Senate Bill 17-050 to provide state support in the form of competitive grant funds that encourage community-level actions across the state to:
- Reduce the risk of wildfire to people, property, and infrastructure in the wildland-urban interface (WUI)
- Promote forest health and forest restoration projects
- Encourage utilization of woody material for traditional forest products and biomass energy
Additional information about the program purpose, requirements and eligibility can be found in the request for applications (RFA). Applicants should contact local CSFS Field Offices for support and guidance in developing projects and applications for future funding.
Past FRWRM grant recipients include non-profit groups, conservation districts, fire departments, fire protection districts, homeowners and road associations, counties and cities. Project awards have ranged from roughly $3,000 – $250,000 for both capacity and fuels and forest health treatments in communities across Colorado.
Note: Funds may be used for forest restoration, but they are not eligible for post-fire rehabilitation activities.
Request for Applications
2021 FRWRM Grant Program Request for Applications (230 KB PDF)
Fuels and Forest Health Projects
2021 FRWRM Grant Instructions & Score Sheet Fuels and Forest Health Projects (240 KB PDF)
2021 FRWRM Grant Application Fuels and Forest Health Projects (244 KB PDF)
Capacity Building Projects
2021 FRWRM Grant Instructions & Score Sheet Capacity Building (234 KB PDF)
2021 FRWRM Grant Application Capacity Building (240 KB PDF)
CSFS Field Offices
Colorado Forest Legacy Program
The Forest Legacy Program authorizes the Colorado State Forest Service or U.S. Forest Service to purchase permanent conservation easements on private
forestlands to prevent those lands from being converted to non-forest uses.
The program provides an opportunity for private landowners to retain ownership and management of their land, while receiving compensation for unrealized development rights. More about the Forest Legacy Program
For more information, contact Erik Castello
at (970) 491-3850.
Landowner & Community Assistance
A variety of programs for homeowners and landowners exist through the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) and other natural resource agencies to assist them in managing their forested property.
The CSFS is committed to helping homeowners and landowners promote healthy and sustainable forest conditions. One of the ways we do this is by emphasizing action on state, private and other non-federal lands, and providing technical and financial assistance to those that have demonstrated a commitment to effectively manage their property.
Programs Offered through CSFS
The following document outlines forestry/agroforestry and cost-share programs for Colorado landowners and communities.