The purpose of this program is to improve public health protection against smoke from wildfires by enhancing preparedness in community buildings. Awards will be provided to support enhancing community wildland fire smoke preparedness through the assessment, prevention, control, or abatement of wildfire smoke hazards in public community buildings and/or buildings that serve the public but are privately owned or operated, and related activities.
Awards are intended to support activities that will reduce indoor exposure to pollutants in wildfire smoke and, in turn, reduce the public health burden of wildfire smoke exposure. Support will be provided to conduct demonstrations, technical assistance, training, education, and/or outreach projects that seek to improve public health protection against smoke from wildfires by enhancing preparedness in community buildings.
Project activities will improve the capability and capacity of communities and buildings to effectively reduce indoor concentrations of air pollutants in wildfire smoke, especially particulate matter (PM). This may include improvements to building structures, and increasing the capacity of building owners, operators, service providers, occupants, and others to effectively manage buildings during wildfire smoke events. Specific activities may include:
- Smoke readiness planning to develop specific plans, procedures, and decision-making frameworks at the building or community level to be implemented before and during wildfire smoke events
- Outreach activities, such as translation and culturally appropriate adaptation of wildfire smoke preparedness materials, or targeted outreach to members of the public through community organizations and institutions
- Technical training on the effectiveness and implementation of ventilation and filtration strategies for wildfire smoke mitigation in different types of buildings with various heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems
- Deployment of portable air cleaners or do-it-yourself (DIY) air cleaners for use in community buildings
- Indoor and outdoor air quality monitoring to evaluate the effectiveness of wildfire smoke mitigation activities
- Identification and initial preparation of community cleaner air spaces or cleaner air shelters
- Significant improvements to buildings, such as upgrades and repairs to HVAC units or systems and weatherization
Projects must target public buildings or buildings that serve the public, and the degree to which projects demonstrate benefits to low-income and disadvantaged communities and vulnerable populations will be considered during the evaluation. In addition, applicants are encouraged to describe how the proposed project addresses multiple hazards that may be concurrent with wildfire smoke, such as extreme heat, power outages, and airborne infectious disease outbreaks, including COVID-19, and how the project improves overall capacity to comprehensively address indoor air quality issues.
Applicants are encouraged to integrate project activities under a comprehensive smoke management plan at the building or community level, where appropriate. Applicants are also encouraged to discuss how they will promote and continue or replicate efforts after the project has ended.
Project activities should support the funding agency's 2022-2026 strategic plan, attached as the StrategicPlan file. Additional anticipated project outputs, outcomes, and performance measures are detailed on pages 10-11 of the NOFA file.
An optional webinar is scheduled for this program. Refer to the Application section for details.
Program Office Notes:
The program officer provided the webinar information.
The program officer provided the intent to apply information.
Last Updated: February 05, 2024