Fully Involved: Fire safety grants available
Ryan Summerlin March 1, 2013
Most grant opportunities related to fire prevention and safety are directed toward organizations that assist individuals.
There are many types of organizations that are eligible to apply for government grants, including local fire districts, school districts, homeowners associations, and other non-profit groups. Locally, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Community Assistance Program has helped Grand County and all five fire districts develop their Community Wildfire Protection Plans so that all private properties are covered under the plans.
The BLM has also financially supported hazardous fuel reduction projects with Grand County, Mountain Parks Electric, Grand Lake Fire and six HOAs/subdivisions in the county. Visit www.blm.gov and search for “community assistance.”
Colorado State Forest Service grant information may be accessed at csfs.colostate.edu/pages/funding.html. The CSFS has funded many projects in Grand County and continues to be a huge source for assistance. HB12-1032 Colorado Restoration Grant was due Feb. 27. Those Grand County HOA applicants should be notified of the status of their applications sometime this Spring/Summer.
Here are some other websites you can access for possible grant opportunities:
www.colorado .gov (Dept. of Local Affairs)
Keep checking back to these sites as they are updated as funds become available. If you are good at grant-writing and your neighborhood has an HOA, consider volunteering to help search for and write grants to receive funding for projects such as wildfire mitigation, additional water supplies, and reforestation.
If you performed any wildfire mitigation on your property, you may be eligible for an up to $2,500 tax subtraction. Colorado landowners with property located in a wildland-urban interface may qualify to receive this tax subtraction for the costs of wildfire mitigation work. Go to www.colorado.gov, search “wildfire tax,” then click on the link to FYI Income 65 Wildfire Mitigation Measures Subtraction .pdf. If you have any specific questions, please contact your tax specialist.
The Grand County Firefighters Association (GCFFA) is a consortium of Fire Officers from all five Fire Districts in the county.
Schelly Olson is Public Information Officer for Grand Fire Protection District No. 1 in Granby. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (970) 887-3380.