Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire Application Process


The 2019 application cycle for the Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire (CPAW) program is closed. CPAW typically accepts applications in the late summer and early fall. Sign up to receive our newsletter to learn about our next call for proposals.

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 assessments, 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.

The application cycle is typically open each fall. Communities submit a brief written application and qualified communities will be invited to interview with the CPAW team. Communities are typically selected by December of each year.