Grant Opportunity: Cohesive Fire Strategy

The shared commitment of reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfires doesn’t stop at a jurisdictional boundary. Through the Cohesive Fire Strategy grant program, the Forest Service supports states, Sovereign Tribal nations and partners in their efforts of developing resilient landscapes, encouraging fire-adapted communities and reducing wildfire risk on non-federal land.

Criteria Information
Available Grants
  1. Cross‐Boundary Wildfire Hazard Mitigation on Non‐Federal Lands
    (Cross-Boundary Mitigation)

  2. Wildfire Risk Reduction (WRR)

Eligibility Eligible applicants vary by grant category, but include state forestry agencies, Sovereign Tribal nations, non-profit organizations, forest fire compacts, and academic institutions.
Application Open Period

November 15, 2023-January 16, 2024

Find the opportunity on under USDA-FS-2024-cohesive-strategy.

Upcoming Application Period

Closed for 2024.

2025 dates TBD.

Recorded Webinars

Information provided on eligibility, funding limits, application requirements, timelines, and how to apply.

Upcoming webinar dates:

  • Webinar #1: November 27, 2023 11:30-12:30 Central / 12:30-1:30 Eastern

  • Webinar #2: December 4, 2023 11:30-12:30 Central / 12:30-1:30 Eastern - Click here to register


2024 Grant Information


Contact Information

National Association of State Foresters

Forest Service Eastern Region

  • For Cross-Boundary Mitigation and all Eastern Region States with National Forests/Prairie, contact:

    Brian Schaffler
    Fuels Program Manager
    (517) 285-9258 

  • For WRR in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia or Connecticut, contact:

    Maris Gabliks
    Cooperative Fire Specialist
    (609) 235-7524

  • For WRR in Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Minnesota, Wisconsin, or Michigan, contact:

    Caleb Schreiber
    Cooperative Fire Specialist
    (715) 628-6999

  • For WRR in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, or Vermont, contact:

    Helene Hochholzer
    Cooperative Fire Specialist
    (860) 861-7322