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 in 2018, we have supported over 90 organizations.  COCO hopes to increase community resilience, restore fire-adapted ecosystems and create safer conditions for residents and firefighters. 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.

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 larger 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. 

Scroll down to see eligibility requirements.

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
  • Tribal authorities
  • 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 funding and/or mentorship 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

 

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

If you are a previously funded AIM grantee, please click HERE to view funding eligibility.

How to Apply

COCO is excited to invite you to apply to a summer round of AIM funding. The AIM team will not be reviewing Concept Papers, and will instead, be requesting full final applications. Applications will be received on a rolling basis from June 1, 2022 through July 1, 2022. All applicants can expect to be notified of their project selection or non-selection within two weeks of their application submission, with notifications no later than July 15, 2022.

  • Review the RFP HERE
  • Download the application linked HERE. CLICKING HERE WILL AUTOMATICALLY DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION TO YOUR DEVICE. Please enable pop-ups or check your document/downloads folder prior to reaching out with questions.
  • Complete the application, ensuring you have read all instructions and requirements of the grant listed in the RFP.
  • Submit complete application and any additional required documents to Mitch Dahlke. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through July 15, 2022.
  • Expect your selection or non-selection notification within two weeks of application submittal. The team highly encourages you to submit your application as soon as possible.

Contracts are expected to be signed by August 1, 2022 and all organizations can expect to begin project spending upon contract completion.

Please see more information or examples of strategic value to aid in the completion of your application:
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

Funding Application Timeline

Request for Proposal (RFP) releaseMay 31, 2022

Application submittal period

Click the link above to download the application to your device.

June 1 – July 15, 2022 to Mitch Dahlke
Select and non-select notificationsNo later than July 30, 2022
Project funding start dateAugust 2022

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.