Now Accepting Applications for 2018:

The Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire (CPAW) Program


The Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire (CPAW) program works with communities to reduce wildfire risk within the wildland-urban interface through improved land use planning. Read more about what we do and the 18 communities we’ve worked in to date.

CPAW is now accepting applications from eligible communities for 2018. Proposals are due September 29, 2017 (5:00 p.m. Mountain Time). Four communities will be selected through a competitive application process.

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.

Applicant Eligibility

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.

Application Instructions & Process

1. Complete the application jointly with your community’s planning and fire departments.

2. Submit the application to CPAW by September 29, 2017 (5:00 p.m., Mountain Time). Completed applications should be emailed as a Word Document or PDF attachment with “CPAW Application” in the subject line to Ben Yellin (

3. Qualifying communities will be notified and scheduled for interviews October 12-19, 2017. Interviews last approximately 1 hour and should include representation from your land use planning and fire departments

4. All applicants will be notified by November 15, 2017 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 in Boulder, CO on January 24-25, 2018. All travel expenses for the Forum are paid by CPAW.