Coalitions & Collaboratives, Inc.

AIM Grants Announced

Second Round of AIM Grants Awarded

Action, Implementation and Mitigation Grants Awarded
Mentoring and Capacity Building for Local Organizations

Lake George, CO – Coalitions and Collaboratives Inc. (COCO), has announced six recipients of their Action, Implementation, and Mitigation Partnership (AIM-P) award. In this second round of the program, a combined $217,000 will be awarded to six organizations, with funding generously provided by the U.S. Forest Service. Competition this round was high, with 28 organizations seeking a combined total of just over $1 million dollars.

The competitive awards are geared towards helping organizations increase the scale and pace of wildfire mitigation activities by enhancing their capacity in some way – either through the addition of personnel, the purchase of equipment, wildfire reduction planning efforts, or funding a key wildfire-risk reduction project.

The Round 2 recipients are:

  • Blackfoot Challenge, Ovando, MT — Blackfoot will increase their capacity for essential prescribed fire cooperative burning in northern Montana. Funding and technical assistance will help the organization develop cross-boundary prescribed fire maintenance projects near high risk Wildland-Urban Interface communities.
  • Forest Stewards Guild, Santa Fe, NM — Will increase capacity through the development of a prescribed fire group, the Gravitas Peak Fire Module, which will work in Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona as well as other states to support training and implementation of prescribed fire in high-risk areas.  Their first projects are slated for Angel Fire, NM and Colorado Springs, CO.  The program trains underprivileged youth, providing them with meaningful and impactful work that will prepare them for future careers in fire and mitigation.
  • Klamath Watershed Partnership, Klamath Falls, OR — In a partnership with local fire departments, Oregon Division of Forestry and residents, the Partnership will purchase a piece of forestry equipment, available to all partners, that will increase acreage treatment from one acre a day to over six acres of reduced risk a day. Mentorship will help them create the lease agreements, develop maintenance plans and increase resident involvement.
  • Mt. Adams Resource Stewards, Glenwood, WA — With AIM-P support, MARS will be able to hire a Resources Crew Lead to support the implementation of a partnership project on federal and private lands and purchase essential fuels, forestry and safety equipment. COCO has supported Mt. Adams Resource Stewards with guidance in the creation of their crew.
  • Saws & Slaws, Boulder, CO — This grassroots, volunteer-powered organization will use their funding to increase their effectiveness and impact by hiring their first-ever, part-time Program Coordinator. Their model, people working to protect their homes, is one they hope to share across the country. Their activities include creating defensible space and providing firewood to low income residents.
  • Wildfire Adapted Partnership, Durango, CO — AIM funding will allow the organization to continue their cost-share program to implement defensible space projects in high-risk WUI areas. In addition, the organization will increase their capacity to complete structure risk assessments, which are proven to lead residents to take action and harden their structures. The demand for assessments is expected to increase after last year’s 53,000-acre 416 Fire.

The second prong of the AIM program, which separates it from other opportunities currently available, is its plan to provide guidance and mentorship, as needed.

“COCO is connected to many wildfire mitigation professionals through the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network,” said Jon Bruno, Chief Operating Officer for COCO. “Our plan is to connect recipients to some of these professionals through a mitigation mentorship program.” This mentorship will be available from project/program design throughout the life of the project.

COCO will be offering another round of AIM funding in fall 2019. More information on the AIM Partnership Program can be found at: https://co-co.org/programs/aim-partnership/.

About Coalitions and Collaboratives, Inc – COCO is a non-profit organization, formed to foster on-the-ground conservation efforts to protect and restore natural resources and local communities. COCO is committed to supporting collaborative conservation organizations to produce positive impacts through stakeholder-driven efforts.

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