The HFI Grant Program focuses on fire prevention, critical infrastructure protection, and forest and watershed restoration through reduction of hazardous vegetation. Projects should complement strategically planned or existing fuels management initiatives, such as State of Arizona, US Forest Service, or Bureau of Land Management thinning projects. Priority will be given to projects that target high risk areas - identified within the Arizona Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal - have a clear sustainability plan, and that support Arizona's vegetation management, and/or wood product industries.
Eligible applicants include, fire departments and fire districts, government organizations - including state, county, and local - public educational institutions, 501 (c) non-profit organizations, and Indian Tribes. Private landowners qualify if working through one of the eligible applicants listed above, but cannot directly apply. For-profit companies do not qualify. Projects may occur on state, private, federal, and tribal lands in Arizona.
Fuels mitigation is a vital component to reducing the threat of wildfires across Arizona. But, it also protects the health of our forests by removing diseased vegetation, invasive species, and dense fuel. Plus, fuels reduction work aids in the health of our watersheds and our wildlife habitat.
How to Apply
***The 2023 Healthy Forest Initiative Supplemental Application Period is Now Open! ***
This year, the Department of Forestry and Fire Management is running a second and supplemental round of the HFI grant program. Even with all the great projects we received from the first round - we still have funding available. Now, DFFM with funding provided by the State of Arizona, the USDA Forest Service, and DOI Bureau of Land Management is soliciting project proposals from $60,000 to $500,000. Applications are due no later than Friday, December 1, 2023, at COB.
All applications must be submitted online through our grants application portal. Instructions and all other information related to the grant application process are available on the portal page.