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Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program

    The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry will be accepting grant applications for the FY 2020 Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program beginning August 1th and continuing through September 4th, 2020. Communities who have developed a Community Wildfire Prevention Plan (CWPP) will be eligible for funding to implement hazard mitigation and community education projects identified in their CWPP.

    The Division of Forestry has partnered with the Appalachian Resource, Conservation and Development Council (ARCD) in the administration and management of the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant program. The Division reviews and approves all applications for grant assistance and provides direction to the ARCD for approved community grant expenditures. Communities will be required to sign an agreement with the ARCD in order to make authorized expenditures. The ARCD will provide the community with written guidelines on how to make expenditures and submit their expenses for reimbursement.

    Program Purpose 

    Hazard Mitigation and Community Education Grants are provided by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry to communities, groups, and organizations to make their homes safer from wildlife. Examples of program recipients are cities, towns and communities with a risk or potential for loss from wildland fires. 

    Eligibility 

    Hazard Mitigation Grants fund community outreach, education, emergency planning and hazard mitigation activities such as fuel reduction through thinning and prescribed burning. Necessary activities are identified through the development of a required Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). Initial grants provided to communities are limited to a maximum of $20,000 (depending on funding). Communities may apply annually for subsequent Hazard Mitigation Grants up to $10,000. Community Education Grants, up to $500 may be applied/awarded to any community with an approved CWPP with a current Action Plan. Grant funds may be utilized for items such as postal services, print services, prevention materials supporting community meetings and education events. Communities cannot receive a Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant and a Community Education Grant in the grant period.

    Hazard Mitigation Grants Timeline:

     Date Task 
     July 1, 2020   Hazard Mitigation Grant Announcement posted on BurnSafeTN.org and Appalachian RC&D (ARCD) website; TDA News Release
     August 1 -September 4, 2020   Grant Applications Received
      September 11, 2020   Applications are rated and approved by Steering Committee
    September 11 - 21, 2020  Grant contract negotiation period
      September 22, 2020   Approved grant applications forwarded to ARCD
      October 1, 2020   ARCD sends grant contracts to communities for signature
      October 1 - 12, 2020 Signed grant contracts returned from communities to ARCD  
      October 15, 2020   Grant beginning date*
      May 15, 2021   Grant ending date*
      May 31, 2021  All Grant Invoices are due and must be submitted to the ARCD*
      June 30, 2021 Grant reimbursements complete  
    *To be determined by ARCD
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