This program is part of the Inflation Reduction Act and provides financial help in the form of grants for projects that assist forest landowners with smaller areas of land (less than 2,500 acres) and underserved communities who don’t usually get as much support. These projects help them take part in new markets focused on fighting climate change and making forests more resistant to problems.
Track A: Proposal budgets greater than or equal to $2 million and less than $25 million. The application deadline has passed.
Track B: Proposal budgets less than $2 million will be considered for funding on a quarterly basis until 8/21/2024.
Track C: Budgets greater than or equal to $5 million, less than $50 million, and include at least 80% sub-awards. Proposals will be considered on a rolling basis and reviewed at least quarterly until 8/21/2024. NOTE: These programs will include substantive involvement by the USDA Forest Service and be best suited for cooperative agreements rather than grants.
Entities US State Government; US Local Governments; Tribal Governments; Alaska Native Corporations and Villages; Other Tribal Entities; Education Institutions; Non-profit Entities; For-Profit Entities
Land Program activities must target nonindustrial private forest land, which is defined as meeting all of the following criteria: Rural (all areas outside US Census areas with 50,000 or more people); has existing tree cover or is suitable for growing trees; is owned by any private individual, group, association, corporation, Indian Tribe, or other private legal entity or is Tribal land held in trust by the Federal government.
Beneficiaries Focus Area 1: Underserved Landowners. Forest landowner(s) belonging to one or more of the following groups: forest landowners living in high-poverty areas; Federally recognized Tribes; beginning forest landowners (<10 years); limited resource producers (use self-determination tool); veterans (obtained status within last 10 years). Focus Area 2: Small-acreage landowners, less than 2,500 acres.
Markets Markets currently exist around greenhouse gases (including carbon), water quality, biodiversity/habitat, and wetland restoration. Additional emerging market innovations include certification for products and supply chains that address conservation objectives. Market drivers related to cost savings and risk reduction, such as source water protection or restoration, may also be addressed.