AIM Program Grant

AIMing for better wildfire outcomes before, during and after a fire.

Grant Overview

Action, Implementation and Mitigation (AIM) is a unique funding opportunity. At COCO, we understand that funding is only part of the picture. If awarded funding, awardees join a partnership of fellow fire and fuel-reduction practitioners. COCO recognizes that different groups are in different places in terms of partners and mentors and will provide training, mentorship and guidance to awardees throughout the term of their grant agreement. If you anticipate you will need some mentorship or guidance, please build time into your proposal to accommodate that.

Reimbursement funding is available for a wide variety of capacity building  activities, including personnel,  planning efforts and wildfire risk reduction work on nonfederal lands. COCO will be looking to fund a variety of different types of projects across the country. Applicants must demonstrate how their proposal fits into the bigger community wildfire picture, including coordination with federal partners on nearby public lands. Applicants must contribute a 100% match (cash or in-kind match is eligible).  Award funding may range from $10,000 – $75,000. Grants are contracted for a period of one year. Funding will be provided on a reimbursement basis.

Scroll down to see eligibility requirements. If you know of an eligible organization interested in this opportunity, please share!

The AIM Program is co-sponsored by the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Who Is Eligible?

The organization must have a nonprofit (501c3) status or have a nonprofit or local government fiscal sponsor that may include:

  • Conservation District
  • Regional and local collaborative efforts
  • Fire Safe Councils and/or Wildfire Councils
  • Non-profit groups that promote hazardous forest fuel reduction treatment projects in partnership with local, state or private entities
  • Fire departments
  • Tribes
  • City or county government
 
Additional eligibility qualifications:
  • Communities at high risk to wildfire in proximity to public lands
  • Organizations or community groups currently conducting or planning pre-fire mitigation activities aimed at protecting their communities, watersheds and ecosystems
  • Groups seeking mentorship and/or funding to increase local capacity and conduct pre-fire mitigation/risk reduction activities
  • Organizations willing to collaboratively work with COCO staff to develop their mitigation projects and proposal for funding
  • Organizations willing to share their lessons, challenges and successes with national, state and/or local Fire Adapted Communities Networks
  • Organizations that can provide  match in the form of cash or in-kind services (including volunteer hours)
  • Organizations must comply with all grant reporting requirements and meet project completion milestones and deadlines

 

Due to limited funding availability Homeowner and Property Owner Associations (HOA/POA), Metro Districts and other similar homeowner groups are not eligible to apply.

How to Apply

The AIM grant has a two-step application process. The first step is to submit a Concept Paper.  AIM team members rank Concept Papers and send invitations to submit a final application (step two), or will provide feedback in regards to how your proposal can be improved for future funding opportunities.

The Fall 2021 AIM opportunity for funding will open on August 30, 2021. COCO will host an informational webinar on Wednesday, September 1 at 10:00 AM MDT.  

 Request for Concept Papers
Download AIM Concept Paper
Webinar Q&A
AIM Budget and Match Examples
Examples of Strategic Value
AIM Grant FAQs

Timeline Fall 2021

Successful applicants can anticipate project commencement in January 2021

Concept Paper Request Release

August  30

Access the recording to the Informational Webinar here

September 1
Concept Paper Deadline September 30, 5:00 PM MT
Notification of Advancement to Final ApplicationWeek of October 11

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