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Community Wildfire Defense Grant Program

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The Community Wildfire Defense Program (CWDG) is a grant program intended to help at-risk local communities and Tribes plan for and reduce wildfire risk.

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law authorizes the $1 billion, five-year CWDG Program, which prioritizes at-risk communities: 

  1. In an area identified as having high or very high wildfire hazard potential, 

  2. Are low income or,

  3. Have been impacted by a severe disaster that affects the risk of wildfire. 

The program provides funding to communities for two primary purposes:

The Community Wildfire Defense Grant Program also helps communities in the wildland urban interface implement the three goals of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy.


What is the Community Wildfire Defense Grant Program?

Are you interested in helping to protect your community and/or the natural resources in your area, but are unsure where to start? Begin here by discovering:

Who is Eligible to Apply and How?

2023 Funded Projects


News and Announcements 2024

Biden-Harris Administration invests $250M to reduce wildfire risk to communities across state, private, and Tribal lands as part of Investing in America agenda

2024 Funded Proposals

Press Kits - 2024 Community Wildfire Defense Grant

From Federal Support to Local Action

Learn how the CWDG has reduced wildfire risk to communities across the country. 


  • Going on the Offensive in the South

    A man and a woman sit on either side of a table with a map spread out between them. The woman is pointing to areas on the map as the man looks on. 

    Communities across the South are taking action now to mitigate against the risk of catastrophic wildfires.

  • Evacuation Highway

    Busy city intersection with smoke coming off mountain in background

    Grant paves the way for safer wildfire escape in rural central Washington.

  • A Blueprint for Fire Prevention

    Landscape image of houses surrounded by green trees with large lake and mountains in the background.

    Lake County California puts federal support to local action.

  • Powering Through

    White utility trucks along rural road inspect a powerline next to a forest.

    Protecting the wires in the face of wildfire threats.