CPAW is not currently accepting applications.
Each year, communities apply to participate in CPAW. Selected communities receive free, customized technical consulting services and training over the course of one year from CPAW’s team of professional land use planners, foresters, risk modelers, and researchers. Specific services may include risk modeling, development of community planning policies and regulations to address wildfire, guidance on wildfire mitigation, and other recommendations to address local wildfire risk to the built environment.
CPAW assistance is voluntary and provided at the request of the local government. Local jurisdictions retain sole authority for implementation of any land use planning recommendations provided through CPAW. CPAW services come at no cost to the community.
Any community in the U.S. can apply, and eligible jurisdictions include towns, cities, or counties with authority over local land use and zoning decisions. (Unincorporated communities require county application). Only applications demonstrating support from both the community’s planning and fire departments will be considered. Communities should be willing to commit staff time and enter into a Memorandum of Understanding, but communities are not responsible for any direct costs associated with CPAW.
CPAW is not currently accepting applications, but during the call for proposals (typically in the late summer/early fall of each year), the application process is as follows:
1. Complete the application jointly with your community’s planning and fire departments.
2. Submit the application to CPAW.
3. Qualifying communities will be notified and scheduled for interviews. Interviews last approximately 1 hour and should include representation from your land use planning and fire departments
4. All applicants will be notified of their final selection status.
5. If selected to receive full assistance, two primary staff participants will be requested to attend a Land Use Planning and Wildfire Forum. All travel expenses for the Forum are paid by CPAW.