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Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, Tribes, and IHEs to Enhance the Wood Product and Energy Industries

Wood Innovations Grants Program


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Forest Service and Community Forestry
CFDA Number: 10.674
Funding or PIN Number: USDA-FS-WOOD-INNOVATIONS-2024
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/15/23 5:00 PM Local Time Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA nonprofit and for-profit organizations, government agencies, Tribal governments, IHEs, and school districts to broaden the wood product and energy industrial markets. Applicants are advised that required registrations must be completed prior to applying. Funding is intended to support projects that improve the environmental and economic health of communities, lower costs of forest management on all land types, reduce hazardous fuels, and enhance forest health.

The intent of the Wood Innovations funding opportunity is to stimulate, expand, and support U.S. wood products markets and wood energy markets to support the long-term management of National Forest System and other forest lands.

This Request for Proposals focuses on the Wood Innovations program goals:

  • Reduce hazardous fuels and improve forest health on National Forest System and other forest lands.
  • Reduce the costs of forest management on all land types.
  • Promote economic and environmental health of communities.

Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Completing requirements, such as architectural and engineering designs, cost analyses, and permitting necessary for 1) commercial construction projects that use wood as a primary building material, and/or 2) wood energy project development to secure financing. Early phase project development proposals and feasibility studies will not be competitive.
  • Establishing or increasing wood products manufacturing capacity and/or markets that support forest ecosystem restoration.
  • Showcasing quantifiable environmental and economic benefits of using wood as a sustainable building material in a constructed commercial building to increase acceptance and encourage growth in the construction industry.
  • Establishing statewide wood utilization teams or statewide wood energy teams. Only proposals from States without an existing or former team will be considered.
  • Developing a cluster of wood energy projects in a geographic area or specific sector; or installing a wood energy system at a facility (e.g., prisons, hospitals, universities, manufacturing, or industrial sector) that will use forest woody biomass or forest products manufacturing residues.
  • Developing commercial woody biomass and wood product utilization industrial parks.
  • Overcoming market barriers and stimulating expansion of wood energy in the institutional, commercial, or industrial sectors.
  • Purchase stationary wood energy equipment, sawmill equipment, or other wood products equipment to create markets to support forest management.
  • Stationary wood energy system rated greater than 5 Megawatts in thermal output.

For funding priorities and preferences, see p. 4 of the NOFO in Supporting Documents.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants are for-profit entities; state, and local governments; Indian Tribes; school districts; community, not-for-profit organizations; institutions of higher education; and special purpose districts (e.g., public utilities districts, fire districts, conservation districts, and ports).

Additional Geographic Information:

See this map for current Statewide Wood Energy Teams):

See this map for current Statewide Utilization Energy Team:

Construction, production expenses, or labor for operation will NOT be funded under this funding opportunity. Equipment is subject to the regulations at 2 CFR § 200.310, 2 CFR § 200.313, and 2 CFR § 200.316. Basic research will not be considered. Applied research and demonstrations projects will be considered. Expenses for self-marketing or self-promotion are not eligible expenses (e.g., company brochures, business cards, display materials, web sites, other electronic media, etc.).

Pre-Application Information
- October 18, 2023: Issuance of Request for Proposals
- December 15, 2023: Proposal submission deadline
- May 2024: Approximate date for award announcement
- August/September 2024: Approximate date of award

The application deadline is Friday, December 15, 2023, 5:00 p.m. local time, in the Forest Service Region where you are to submit your application.

The agency anticipates announcing final selections in May 2024 and to execute awards in August/September 2024.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to work with their designated Regional Coordinator early in the application process to determine whether project ideas will be competitive and to improve proposal quality. Regional Coordinators may have additional tools and resources to help with your application development process.

Applicant agencies, businesses or organizations must have an active registration (preferred) or have initiated the registration process in the to apply. registration process can take time; please ensure your registration is up to date, if awarded.

Applicants must contribute matching funds equal to at least 100% of the Forest Service requested funds. This means for every $1 of Federal funding requested applicants must provide at least $1 in match.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
The maximum for each award is generally $ 300,000; however, the Forest Service may consider awarding up to $500,000 to a proposal that demonstrates the ability to have a significant and sizeable impact on wood product or energy markets.

Term of Contract
Awards under this announcement are typically 2 to 3 years in length. Projects of greater complexity may be awarded for a longer period of time, not to exceed 5 years.

Contact Information
Applicants must e-mail all parts of the application at one time to the Forest Service Regional Coordinator.

Forest Service Region is generally determined by the State where most of the proposed work will be conducted. Two Forest Service regions may exist in one State.

Forest Service Northern Region (Region 1) MT, ND, Northern ID, & Northwestern SD
Julie Kies, (406) 370-3297

Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region (Region 2) CO, KS, NE, SD, & WY
Todd Gardiner, (970) 210-9103

Forest Service Southwestern Region (Region 3) AZ & NM
Grace Sorenson, (928) 635-8240

Forest Service Intermountain Region (Region 4) Southern ID, NV, UT, & Western WY
Christopher Clark, (208) 630-3642

Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region (Region 5) CA, HI, Guam, and Trust Territories of the Pacific Islands
Helena Murray, (707) 980-2375

Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region (Region 6) OR & WA
Terrie Jarrell, (503) 808-2375

Forest Service Southern Region (Region 8) AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, Virgin Islands, & Puerto Rico
Marcus Taylor, (540) 553-5476
Jaime Hernandez,

Forest Service Eastern Region (Region 9) CT, DE, DC, IL, IN, IA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, WV, WI
Lew McCreery, (304) 288-3655

Forest Service Alaska Region (Region 10) AK
Priscilla Morris, (907) 743-9467

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