A New Round of AIM Recipients Awarded
Action, Implementation and Mitigation Grants Awarded
Mentoring and Capacity Building for Local Organizations
Lake George, CO– Coalitions and Collaboratives, Inc. (COCO), has announced five recipients of their Action, Implementation and Mitigation Partnership (AIM) grant. In this round of funding, $220,120 will be awarded to five organizations, with funding generously provided by the U.S. Forest Service.
The competitive awards are geared towards helping organizations increase the scale and pace of wildfire mitigation activities, enhancing their capacity to increase on-the-ground mitigation. AIM funded projects have increased capacity through the addition of personnel, the purchase of equipment, by creating additional wildfire reduction planning efforts, and by funding key wildfire-risk reduction projects and programs.
The Round 3 recipients are:
- Cascadia Conservation District, Wenatchee, WA — Cascadia will be assisting Firewise USA communities to implement fire adaptation practices, reducing fuels to increase their resilience to wildfire.
- Island Park Sustainable Fire Community, Island Park, ID — Island Park will be hiring a Neighborhood Ambassador Program (NAP) Coordinator who will recruit, train and support 7 to 10 volunteer NAP leaders in high-risk subdivisions.
- Lake County and Cook County, Grand Marais, MN — Lake and Cook County will be hiring a natural resource summer intern that will: assist in the launch of a Neighborhood Ambassador Program (NAP), coordinate brush pick-up days, conduct home ignition zone evaluations and assist with implementing hazardous fuels reduction projects.
- United Way Missoula County, MT — United Way will be establishing a Home Ignition Zone (HIZ) program in collaboration with Missoula County Office of Emergency Management and Montanan Conservation Corps.
- Wildfire Network, Edgewood, NM — Wildfire Network will establish a cost-share program with work being performed by the Network’s youth crew of four to five young adults.
“Coalitions and Collaboratives, Inc. is currently supporting 16 organizations throughout the United States and looks forward to watching their programs grow and become more sustainable.” said Jon Bruno, Chief Operating Officer for COCO. “The AIM Team also supports funded organizations through an engaged mentorship program, assisting with mitigation challenges, reporting needs and training opportunities. This mentorship is available throughout the life of the project.”
COCO will be offering another round of AIM funding in 2020. Information on the AIM Program can be found at: https://co-co.org/programs/aim-partnership/.
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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