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Bipartisan Legislation Resources Playbook
A roadmap for delivering opportunity and investments in rural America

Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool
The CEJST is a geospatial mapping tool designed to identify disadvantaged communities that are marginalized and overburdened by pollution and underinvestment. The CEJST was developed to ensure the benefits of certain Federal investments reach communities that need them most.

Pre-Award Guide for federal grants
This guide addresses high level and routine components of a grant application. It does not replace requirements outlined in the Notice of Funding Opportunity or Detailed Instructions required for any funding opportunity.

Climate Resilience Resources

Wildfire Risk to Communities
Wildfire Risk to Communities is a free, easy-to-use website created by the USDA Forest Service with interactive maps, charts, and resources to help communities understand, explore, and reduce wildfire risk.

Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) Portal and Data Library
A Data Library for Practitioners and Researchers

Webinars: Learning About Developing Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP)
The Ember Alliance (with FAC Net, COCO, and HAF) is hosting 3 virtual sessions about developing Community Wildfire Protection Plans.
November 29, 2023: 12-1:30 Mountain / 2-3:30 Eastern Registration link
December 14, 2023: 11-12:30 Mountain / 1-2:30 Eastern Registration link
January 10, 2024: 1-2:30 Mountain / 3-4:30 Eastern Registration link *this session will be available in English and Spanish

Community Wildfire Mitigation Best Practices Toolbox
The Community Wildfire Mitigation Best Practices toolbox is a collection of resources, research papers, templates, forms, articles, and examples that highlight Community Wildfire Mitigation Best Practices (CWMBPs). This toolbox is not all-inclusive, nor is it exhaustive, but we believe the resources will help you as you reduce risk in your place.

CWDG Focused Grant Writing Workshop
A grant writing workshop facilitated by Western Region Program Managers to help potential applicants through the grant application. The workshop covers the application process, answering the questions effectively and finalizing responses, as well as helpful tips for improved grant writing. Specific grant program questions and eligibility questions will not be covered.

National Mitigation Planning Program (FEMA)
FEMA’s National Mitigation Planning Program hosts an ongoing webinar series for anyone involved in hazard mitigation. This webinar highlights updates to FEMA’s mitigation planning policy and the data and tools you can use to plan for climate change.

National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy
The National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy is a strategic push to work collaboratively among all stakeholders and across all landscapes, using best science, to make meaningful progress towards the three goals: Resilient Landscapes, Fire Adapted Communities, and Safe and Effective Wildfire Response.

Desk Guide to Accelerating Implementation of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy
This guide is intended to help conservation districts understand the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy and provide resources to support locally-led natural resource management and disaster preparedness.

FAC Pathways Tool
Fire Adapted Communities Pathways Tool is now available with an online builder interface. This Tool combines decades of research on community wildfire adaptation with practitioner-based knowledge and experience. It helps users identify a community, determine an initial “community archetype” and suggest fire adaptation practices, tools and approaches suited to similar communities. FAC Pathways Online Tool User Guide.

Organizations and Programs

The Watershed Research and Training Center
The Watershed Center stewards a national network of communities learning to live better with fire. This network is shaping what living with fire means, and demonstrating new approaches to fire and land management.

Coalitions & Collaboratives
COCO is a nonprofit organization, based in Colorado, dedicated to providing direct funding, technical support, mentorship, and leadership to organizations across the United States.

Hispanic Access Foundation
Establishing bridges of access that provide a path for the development and rise of Latino leaders and elevates their voices in areas where they are underrepresented.

Headwaters Economics
Independent, nonprofit research group that works to improve community development and land management decisions

Rural Partners Network
Alliance of federal agencies and civic partners working to expand rural prosperity through job creation, infrastructure development, and community improvement.

The Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Centers Program
Helping underserved and overburdened communities across the country to remove barriers and improve accessibility for communities with environmental justice concerns.

Other Opportunities

Action, Implementation, and Mitigation Program (AIM)
The AIM Program grant, administered through Coalitions and Collaboratives, is available for a wide variety of capacity-building activities, including personnel, planning efforts, and wildfire risk reduction work on non-federal lands. 2024 funding round TBA.

Aspen Institute List of Federal Resources
You’ll find resources explaining federal opportunities for rural people and places. Understanding how these bills affect rural America is evolving, so check back regularly for more information.