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Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, Tribes, and IHEs to Improve Forest Health and Local Economies

Community Wood Grant Program


Agency
Federal

GrantWatch ID#
200052

Funding Source
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Forest Service and Community Forestry
CFDA Number: 10.708
Funding or PIN Number: USDA-FS-COMMUNITY-WOOD-2024
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
All USA
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 Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and territories nonprofit and for-profit organizations, government agencies, Tribes, and IHEs to improve forest health and local economies. Applicants are advised that required registrations must be completed prior to applying. Funding is intended for projects that increase wood product manufacturing capacity and promote the use of renewable wood energy. Proposals incorporating commercially proven technologies will be the most competitive.

The intent of the Community Wood Energy and Wood Innovation Grant Program (referred to as Community Wood Grant Program) is to support forest health and stimulate local economies by expanding renewable wood energy use and innovative wood products manufacturing capacity. The Forest Service solicits proposals for projects that will achieve the following:

  • Expand thermally led community wood energy or innovative wood product opportunities,
  • Improve forest health; and
  • Stimulate local economies.

This funding opportunity is intended for shovel ready projects that will not require additional funding or time to complete after the award period. Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Install a thermally led community wood energy system for heating, cooling, and/or electricity that replaces fossil fuels such as coal, oil, propane, or natural gas.
  • Purchase and install manufacturing equipment at a mass timber production facility.
  • Expand a sawmill to add higher value production lines that incorporate innovative technologies and cost cutting measures.
  • Purchase and install equipment at a new facility to produce biofuels from forest residues.

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Are located where markets are needed for low-value or low-quality wood.
  • Are located where the project will aid forest restoration.
  • Use or retrofit an existing sawmill facility where the average annual unemployment rate exceeded the national average unemployment rate by more than one percent in calendar year 2022.
  • Use the most stringent control technology that has been required or achieved in practice for a wood-fired boiler and will operate in a location with limited access to natural gas pipelines.
  • Support, benefit, or engage communities that are historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by persistent poverty or inequality (pursuant to Executive Order 13985, Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government).


Recipient

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants are non-profits; local, state, and tribal governments; businesses, companies, and corporations (for profit); institutions of higher education; and special purpose districts (public utility districts, fire districts, conservation districts, school districts, and ports.)

Ineligible
For limitations on use of forest service funds, see p. 5 of the NOFO in Supporting Documents.

Pre-Application Information
Timeline:
- 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.

For questions regarding this Request for Proposals or administrative regulations, contact your respective Forest Service Regional Coordinator. Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with their designated Coordinator to determine whether a project idea will be competitive and to develop a competitive proposal.

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

Matching funds are not required; however, leveraging is required. Applicants must contribute the additional funds (leveraged funds) necessary to complete the project above and beyond the requested Forest Service funding.

View a recording of the webinar: https://vimeo.com/872989673

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=350243

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$6,000,000

Estimated Size of Grant
The maximum for each award is $1 million to pay for up to 35% of total capital costs. The Forest Service may consider awarding up to $1.5 million (for up to 50% of total capital costs) for a proposal that warrants special consideration, especially for projects located in areas of high unemployment.

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 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 julie.kies@usda.gov

Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region (Region 2) CO, KS, NE, SD, & WY
Todd Gardiner 970-210-9103 todd.gardiner@usda.gov

Forest Service Southwestern Region (Region 3) AZ & NM
Grace Sorenson 928-554-5770 grace.a.sorenson@usda.gov

Forest Service Intermountain Region (Region 4) Southern ID, NV, UT, & Western WY
Chris Clark 208-809-0999 christopher.clark2@usda.gov

Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region (Region 5) CA, HI, Guam, and Trust Territories of the Pacific Helena Murray 707-980-2375 helena.murray@usda.gov

Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region (Region 6) OR & WA
Terrie Jarrell 928-554-5770 terrie.jarrell@usda.gov

Forest Service Southern Region (Region 8) AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, Virgin Marcus Taylor 540-265-5120 marcus.taylor@usda.gov

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
ATTN: Lew McCreery 304-288-3655 sm.fs.r9_fm_wi@usda.gov

Forest Service Alaska Region (Region 10) AK
Priscilla Morris 907-743-9467 priscilla.morris@usda.gov

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