Recipients of the 2015 Wildfire Community Preparedness Day $500 project funding awards have been selected, and sixty-five projects from twenty-six states will receive $500 to fund a project on May 2. More than 300 entries were received from throughout thirty-seven states. The monetary awards were sponsored by State Farm, a co-sponsor of the second annual national campaign.
Project submissions covered a broad range of activities and the review panel had an incredibly difficult task of narrowing it down to only sixty-five recipients, since the caliber of applications were extremely high and provided multiple benefits to communities.
Applicants provided a brief description of the proposed project and how the funding would be used to reduce the risk of a wildfire, the impact(s) of a recent wildfire, or advance preparedness for wildfire.
The funding awards were done in conjunction with Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, which was developed to raise awareness, promote collaboration and bring residents together to implement projects that can help protect homes, neighborhoods and entire communities from future wildfire risks or current post-fire impacts.