AIM Program Grant

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

Grant Overview

Coalitions and Collaboratives Inc. (COCO), a Colorado-based nonprofit, started the Action, Implementation and Mitigation (AIM) Program to accelerate fire adaptation concepts and reduce the risk from wildfire across the U.S. by increasing capacity and on-the-ground work. Since inception we have supported over 90 organizations.  COCO hopes to increase community resilience, restore fire-adapted ecosystems and create safer conditions for firefighters and residents. This funding opportunity is open to organizations working to advance wildfire risk reduction.
 
The AIM grant is available for a wide variety of capacity-building activities, including personnel, planning efforts and wildfire risk reduction work on non-federal lands. 
 
COCO funds organizations across the country with a focus on programs and projects that increase communities’ ability to overcome barriers to successful community wildfire mitigation, multiplies the efforts, achieves quantifiable outcomes, supports equitable and inclusive community wildfire mitigation programs across the fence, and supports place-based solutions.

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 strategy, 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. 

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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 Spring 2022 AIM opportunity for funding will open on January 21, 2022.

DOWNLOAD AIM CONCEPT PAPER
Download Instructions and the AIM Concept Paper RFP.
View and download the AIM Informational Slide Deck here.
Click here to access a past recording of an AIM Informational Webinar.

Webinar Q&A
AIM Budget and Match Examples
Examples of Strategic Value
AIM Grant FAQs

Timeline Spring 2022

Successful applicants can anticipate project commencement in May 2022.

Concept Paper Request Release

January  21

Concept Paper Deadline

February 18

Notification of Advancement to Final Application

 March 7

Final Application Deadline

 April 1

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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.