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Grants to USA Tribal Entities and Alaska Native Corporations and Villages for Projects to Preserve Forests on Tribal Lands

Landscape Scale Restoration (LSR) Grant for Federally Recognized Tribes and Alaska Native Corporations


Agency
Federal

GrantWatch ID#
205388

Funding Source
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Forest Service and Community Forestry
CFDA Number: 10.664 -- Cooperative Forestry Assistance
Funding or PIN Number: USDA-FS-2024-LSR-NATIONAL-TRIBAL
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
Conference Date: 09/28/23
Deadline: 12/15/23 6:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and territories tribal governments, Alaska Native corporations and villages, and tribal organizations for projects to preserve forests on tribal lands. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Funding is intended to encourage collaborative, science-based restoration of priority rural forest landscapes.

Authorized by the 2018 Farm Bill (which amended the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act), the purpose of the Landscape Scale Restoration Program is to encourage collaborative, science-based restoration of priority forest landscapes. This competitive grant program supports collaborative high impact projects that lead to measurable outcomes on the landscape, leverage public and private resources, and further priorities identified in a science-based restoration strategy (for example a Tribal Forest Plan, State Forest Action Plan, or other equivalent restoration strategy). Program objectives include reduced wildfire risk; improved fish and wildlife habitats; maintained or improved water quality; and mitigated invasive plants, insects, and disease.

Eligible Land/Location of Projects: Landscape Scale Restoration projects must be conducted on rural non-industrial private forest land, rural State Forest land, and/or Indian trust lands. USDA Office of General Counsel has determined that Indian trust lands are included within the definition of non-industrial private forest land. Indian trust lands held both by Indian tribes and by individual Indians are eligible for participation in the Landscape Scale Restoration program. Indian forest land held “in fee” is also eligible. For the purposes of this program, “rural” is defined as all areas outside Census places with 50,000 or more people according to the latest United States Census.

For examples of eligible project activities, see p. 2 of the RFP in Attached Files.

For program requirements, see p. 4 of the RFP in Attached Files.



Recipient

Eligibility
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
For the purposes of this Request for Proposals (RFP), Federally Recognized Tribes, Alaska Native Corporations/villages, and Tribal organizations as defined by the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act 25 USC 5304 and operating within the United States, or its territories, are eligible to submit proposals.

Ineligible
Landscape Scale Restoration funding cannot be used for work on Federal lands such as National Forests and Grasslands.

Projects which do not take place within this geographic area of eligibility will not be considered.

Grant funds cannot be used for research projects, construction, and/or land acquisitions.

For project activities not eligible under LSR, see p. 3 of the RFP in Attached Files.

Pre-Proposal Conference
The Forest Service will host a Tribal Information Session about the Landscape Scale Restoration Program on September 28, 2023 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time.

Please register in advance: https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItf-qoqTkpHQnVQW7ft40CuJcKmLr1J54

Pre-Application Information
Applicants are encouraged to contact and request technical assistance from a Forest Service staff person before proposal submission. This includes an optional review of your proposal narrative. Those interested in an optional review: Please submit a draft proposal to the relevant Forest Service regional contact by October 30, 2023. Regional staff can assist with navigating LSR program authorities, eligible activities, allowable costs and match, and other federal financial assistance questions.

Final applications must be submitted to the LSR program email address by 6p.m. Eastern, December 15, 2023, with a copy provided to the regional Forest Service staff e.g.,Regional Tribal Relations Program Manager and LSR Program Manager.

Tribes are strongly encouraged to contact and work with the relevant Forest Service Region (e.g., Tribal Relations Program Manager and LSR Program Manager) during the application process and before submission. Regional staff can assist with navigating LSR program authorities, eligible activities, allowable costs and match, and other Federal financial assistance questions.

All grantees must have an active registration at sam.gov and maintain active registration throughout the life of the award. Please allow at least two (2) weeks to process a new registration or renew an existing registration in SAM.

All Federal grant funds are to be matched at least equally (dollar for dollar) with non-Federal match which may include allowable and allocable in-kind contributions (i.e., personnel salary, fringe, and indirect costs; services, materials, supplies, equipment donations; and volunteer assistance), and private and public (non- Federal) monetary contributions.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=349892

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$2,000,000

Estimated Size of Grant
The program offers several tiers of support to accommodate a range of project scales and administrative capacity considerations.
- The minimum funding request per project for all applicants is $50,000 and the maximum is $300,000.
- Cross-boundary projects that span more than one Tribe with corresponding restoration activities on more than one Tribal ownership may be considered for up to $600,000 per project.

Term of Contract
Grants or agreements should be completed within 3 years from when the grant is awarded.

Contact Information
All proposals must be submitted to the following email address: SM.FS.LSR@usda.gov.

For a full list of all regional contacts, see p. 8 of the RFP in Attached Files.

RFP & Supporting Documents
Full Grant Text RFP

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