Now Accepting Applications!


The Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire (CPAW) program is accepting applications through October 18, 2019.

CPAW works with communities to reduce wildfire risk through improved land use planning. 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 analysts, and researchers. Specific services may include detailed land use planning recommendations, hazard assessments, custom research, and training. Read more about what we do and the communities we’ve worked with to date.

CPAW assistance is voluntary and provided at the request of the local government. Local jurisdictions retain sole authority for implementation of land use planning recommendations provided through CPAW. CPAW services are provided at no cost to the community.

Applicant Eligibility

Any community in the United States can apply. Eligible jurisdictions include towns, cities, tribal communities, and 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 sign a Memorandum of Understanding, but communities are not responsible for any direct costs associated with CPAW.

Application Process

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

2. Submit the application to CPAW by October 18, 2019. See application for submittal instructions.

3. CPAW will schedule phone interviews with top candidates to be conducted in mid-November. Interviews should include representation from your land use planning and fire departments.

4. All applicants will be notified of their final selection status by the end of November.

5. CPAW requires accepted communities to participate in the Wildfire and Land Use Planning Forum in Boulder, Colorado, December 10-12, 2019. Travel expenses are paid by CPAW. The Forum brings together CPAW communities, wildfire experts, and national leaders to share information and strategies.