This program works in partnership with State and local forestry agencies, educational institutes, and different kinds of organizations to restore, sustain, and manage more than 140 million acres of urban and community forest lands for the benefit of communities in the United States. These forest land infrastructures are critical to all our nation’s forests, but research and studies have also shown that our urban and community forests are essential to the economic, environmental, physical, and mental well-being of our citizens. In this Notice of Funding Availability, the Forest Service seeks to address the National Ten Year Urban and Community Forestry Action Plan (2016-2026), (Action Plan) - Goal 5 Improve Urban and Community Forest Management, Maintenance, and Stewardship. The funding aligns with the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (P.L. 116- 260), the U.S. Forest Service may provide approximately $500,000 - based on availability.
Eligible applicants include: Non-Profits, educational institutions of higher learning, and U.S. federally recognized Tribal Organization that is operating within the United States or its territories, and state organizations representing multi-state or national proposals are eligible. Local governments may apply if their proposal includes other local governments/eligible entities around the country that can implement their process and demonstrate national application within the grant period. Private entities are not eligible but may be partners in the project.
Grants are completed within 2-3 years and the award process may take up to two months. We encourage eligible municipalities to apply for the USDA Forestry Grant before the due date as it is quickly approaching!