Community Navigator Program

Grants & Funding Opportunities

Finding and managing funding for climate mitigation and forest resilience may appear challenging, but fear not. There exists a multitude of financial resources dedicated to support creating sustainable and fire-adapted communities, creating healthy and resilient landscapes, and safe and effective wildfire response. 

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Featured BIL/iRA Opportunities

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act provisions and funding broadly support these efforts through grants and agreements. The four main grant categories are listed below.

Round 2 awards announced. Round 3 TBA.

The Community Wildfire Defense Grant (CWDG) program is designed to assist communities and Tribes that are at risk of wildfires. CWDG helps communities plan for and lower the chances of wildfires happening, giving special attention to those that are in areas where wildfires are likely to occur, those that have lower income, and/or those that have been seriously affected by disasters that make wildfires more likely. 

CWDG offers funding to communities and Tribes for two purposes:

  1. Creating and updating Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs)
  2. Implementing projects mentioned in a CWPP that is less than ten years old.

Program Information:

Website

https://www.fs.usda.gov/managing-land/fire/grants

Email

sm.fs.usfs_cwdg@usda.gov

Grants.gov ID Number

Round 3 ID numbers TBA

Eligible entities

Local governments; Non-profit organizations including homeowner associations; Indian Tribes; State forestry agencies (including U.S. territories and interests); Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs)

Eligible lands

Non-federal

Funding amount

Max $250k for CWPP development or update

Max $10M for implementation

Match

10% for proposals to develop or update a CWPP.

25% for proposals to plan and/or implement projects described within a CWPP

Communities meeting the definition of underserved, Indian Tribes/Alaska Native Corporations, and Pacific Islands may request a waiver of match.

Priority status determination; match waiver eligibility

Wildfire hazard potential, low income, impacted by severe disaster; CEJST disadvantaged status: https://wildfirerisk.org/cwdg-tool/

Reporting

Funded CWDG projects will be required to provide financial reports to the grant’s administrator on a quarterly basis, and project performance reports on an annual basis. The annual performance report shall include a spatial data component.

Funding administration

Opt-in states will administer funds to applicants. If it is in a State that has not fully opted-in to run CWDG, the US Forest Service will administer funds.

 Resources:

CWDG Frequently Asked Questions 2023
CWDG Dashboard (to determine eligibility)
FY23 CWDG Applicant Webinar – August 4, 2023
Round 2 Contacts

Round 2 Primer (FAC Net)
CWDG Focused Grant Writing Workshop (facilitated by Western Region Program Managers)

Application deadline is August 21, 2024 at 11:59 pm EST.

The Inflation Reduction Act Forest Landowner Support provides grant opportunities to entities and organizations delivering technical and financial assistance to private forest landowners – including Tribes, underserved landowners, and small-acreage landowners – to participate in emerging private markets for forest resilience and climate mitigation.

Two funding opportunities are open:

  1. Supporting Underserved and Small-Acreage Landowner Participation in Emerging Private Markets
  2. Tribal Access to Emerging Private Markets for Climate Mitigation or Forest Resilience

General Program Information:

Website

https://www.fs.usda.gov/about-agency/state-private-forestry/coop-forestry/ira-forest-landowner-support

Email

SM.FS.LandownerIRA@usda.gov

Application Deadline

August 21, 2024 at 11:59 pm EST; Applications must be submitted through grants.gov.

Eligible lands

Nonindustrial private forest land that is (1) Rural, as defined by LSR tool and (2) Has existing tree cover or is suitable for growing trees and (3) Is owned by any private individual, group, association, corporation, Indian Tribe, other private legal entity or is Tribal land held in trust by the federal government.

Funding amount

$2 million limit

Match

There is no match requirement for proposals to be funded through this NOFO.

Reporting Requirements

Awardees submit a detailed financial report (standard SF-425 “Federal Financial Report” form) and narrative progress report; there is no required format or form for these reporting documents. Reports must be submitted with frequency determined by agency guidance and specified in final signed award documents, at least annually and not more frequently than quarterly.

Office Hours

Forest Service staff will host live Office Hours to answer questions from participants. Office hours are:

  • April 5, 2024, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Eastern
  • May 3, 2024, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Eastern
  • June 7, 2024, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Eastern

To participate, visit the Forest Landowner Support Office Hours Microsoft Teams room at any point during the times listed above. Pre-registration is not required.

Resources:
Webinar Recording: Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) Forest Landowner Support Notice of Funding Opportunity #1 September 6, 2023, General Audience.
Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool
Limited Resource Farmer/Rancher FY 2024 Self-Determination Tool

Fact Sheet: Emerging Markets for Climate Mitigation and Forest Resilience

Opportunity #1: Supporting Underserved and Small-Acreage Landowner Participation in Emerging Private Markets

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

https://grants.gov/search-results-detail/349857

Eligible entities

County governments
Private institutions of higher education
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
For profit organizations other than small businesses
City or township governments
State governments
Special district governments
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Independent school districts
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Small businesses

#1 Resources:

IRA-FLS NOFO1 Frequently Asked Questions (available in Related Documents under the “full announcement materials” dropdown)

Opportunity #2: Tribal Access to Emerging Private Markets for Climate Mitigation or Forest Resilience

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

https://www.grants.gov/search-results-detail/351844

Eligible entities

Federally recognized Tribes, Alaska Native Corporations/Villages, and Tribal Organizations (as defined in the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, 25 U.S. Code § 5304).

#2 Resources:
NOFO #2 Frequently Asked Questions (available in Related Documents under the “full announcement materials” dropdown)
NOFO Application Assistance Webinar (February 16, 2024)
USDA Press Release (February 14, 2024)

Firewood Banks Funding Program – Applications for start-up and new grants are open now (May 2024). Renewal grants will open on September 1, 2024.

Provide financial and educational resources to public and tribal firewood bank programs in the United States to support access to wood heat for low- to moderate-income individuals who are struggling to pay for home heating fuel and deal with emergency situations such as power outages. (Through a partnership between the Forest Service and the Alliance for Green Heat; Bipartisan Infrastructure Act, Section 40803c17)

Website

https://www.firewoodbanks.org/applynow

Email

info@forgreenheat.org

Application Instructions

  • New firewood banks (existing firewood banks that have not received funding previously) – Application form
  • Start-up firewood banks (individuals or organizations launching new firewood banks in 2024-2025) – Application form
  • Renewal firewood banks (firewood banks that have received funding previously) may apply beginning September 1st, 2024.

Eligible entities

Non-profit, church, town or tribe OR individual, company, tree service, or firewood business in partnership with a non-profit, church, town or tribe.

Eligible expenses

Almost any item needed to run your firewood bank is an eligible expense except for food & drink, entertainment, lobbying, and items over $5,000.

Eligible expenses include chain saws (electric or gas), splitters, tarps, moisture meters, conveyor belts, trailers, wheelbarrows, safety equipment, first aid kits, equipment repair, building materials for firewood sheds or tool sheds, educational materials/activities, sales tax, signage, travel, gas money, and miscellaneous supplies like small tools that cost less than $20.

Funding amount

  • New firewood banks: up to $15,000 on a sliding scale
  • Start-up firewood banks: up to $10,000
  • Renewal firewood banks: up to $10,000

Resources

Temporary Bridge Funding Opportunity Program – OPEN – Rolling applications are due by April 27, 2024, August 30, 2024, or December 27, 2024

Support the establishment of temporary bridge rental/loan/cost-share programs with States and federally recognized Indian Tribes to protect water resources and reduce water quality degradation during forestry-related operations.

Website

https://www.fs.usda.gov/science-technology/energy-forest-products/wood-innovation/temporary-water-crossing

Email

jeffrey.c.high@usda.gov

Notice of Funding Opportunity

https://usfs-public.app.box.com/s/az8cdck67js0o3xpmj3xbagfu6k93hd4

Application Deadline

Rolling applications due by April 27, 2024, August 30, 2024, or December 27, 2024. Link to Program Application.

Application Instructions

Submit your application in a PDF format to jeffrey.c.high@usda.gov

Eligible entities

State Governments and Indian Tribes. States may defer the grant authority to another responsible entity through a letter of designation.

Eligible lands

Non-Federal land and Federal land.

Funding amount

up to $17.6 million; applications for $400,000 or less will be prioritized for funding

Match

Applicants are not required to provide a match

Resources

Deadlines have passed for the following. Application periods are expected to reopen in October 2024

Wood Innovations Grant Funding Opportunity

Provides funding for grants to install thermally led community wood energy systems or to build innovative wood product manufacturing facilities. Program goals are:  (1) Install thermally led wood energy system or to build or expand innovative wood products. (2) Improve forest health. (3) Stimulate local economies.

Website

https://www.fs.usda.gov/science-technology/energy-forest-products/wood-innovation

Email

Contact Collin Buntrock collin.buntrock@usda.gov for more information.

Community Wood Grant Funding Opportunity

Provides funding for grants to install thermally led community wood energy systems or to build innovative wood product manufacturing facilities. Program goals are: (1) Install thermally led wood energy system or to build or expand innovative wood product. (2) Improve forest health. (3) Stimulate local economies.

Website

https://www.fs.usda.gov/science-technology/energy-forest-products/wood-innovation

Email

Contact Sabina Dhungana sabina.dhungana@usda.gov for more information.

Wood Products Infrastructure Assistance (WPIA) Grant Funding Opportunity

Funding may be used to provide support for facilities that purchase and process byproducts of ecosystem restoration projects.  This includes applications to establish, reopen, retrofit, expand, or improve a sawmill or other wood-processing facility in close proximity to federal or Indian lands that need ecosystem restoration and will generate byproducts.

Website

https://www.fs.usda.gov/science-technology/energy-forest-products/wood-innovation

Email

Contact Adam Smith adam.smith5@usda.gov for more information.

The Urban and Community Forestry Program is dedicated to enhancing and expanding the nation’s urban forest resources via tree planting, restoration, maintenance, and resilience. Additional programmatic goals are workforce development, planning and community engagement, and extreme heat mitigation.

Since the Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry program received $1.5 billion in funding rom the Inflation Reduction Act. That funding has been distributed to states and national nonprofits to subgrant to smaller partners. Many states have opened grant opportunities for this funding, which carries the opportunity for a match waiver for projects that benefit disadvantaged communities.

Website

https://www.fs.usda.gov/managing-land/urban-forests/ucf

Email

SM.FS.UCF_IRA@usda.gov

State agency funding opportunities

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vTy2RwN1U-n3Gm9bE25rwVrBAAmZNv9aVsXb-5MYkJesP8TfDWYLjld_ypzMRBrbip1yDlfaZXmhllz/pubhtml?gid=0&single=true

Other Funding Opportunities

Combining grants from various sources broadens the pool of funding, lessening reliance on any single source and bolstering financial stability and resilience. Below are potential funding avenues to fortify your community’s capacity for climate resilience.

The table below can be searched, filtered, or sorted based on funding source, entity or eligible applicants.

The table below includes a search function and filtering and sorting by funding source, entity, and eligible applicants.

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