U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Forest Service
Grants to USA and Territories nonprofit organizations, local government agencies, and tribes to support the acquisition and preservation of forestlands. Projects involve private forests under threat of conversion to non-forest purposes that offer recreational opportunities and public access, protect wildlife habitat and water supplies, serve as demonstration sites for private forest landowners, and provide economic benefits from timber and non-timber products.
The Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program (Community Forest Program) of the Forest Service is a competitive grant program whereby local governments, qualified nonprofit organizations, and Indian tribes are eligible to apply for grants to establish community forests through fee simple acquisition of private forest land from a willing seller. The purpose of the program is to establish community forests by protecting forest land from conversion to non-forest uses and provide community benefits such as sustainable forest management, environmental benefits including clean air, water, and wildlife habitat; benefits from forest-based educational programs; benefits from serving as models of effective forest stewardship; and recreational benefits secured with public access.
Eligible lands for grants funded under this program are private forest that is at least five acres in size, suitable to sustain natural vegetation, and at least 75 percent forested. The lands must also be threatened by conversion to nonforest uses, must not be held in trust by the United States on behalf of any Indian Tribe, must not be Tribal allotment lands, must be offered for sale by a willing seller, and if acquired by an eligible entity, must provide defined community benefits under CFP and allow public access.
Allowable project & cost-share expenses:
Eligible lands: https://www.fs.fed.us/spf/coop/library/cfp_road_map.pdf#page=4.
GrantWatch ID#: 177342
Individual grant applications may not exceed $600,000, which does not include technical assistance requests.
The initial grant period shall be for two years, and the acquisition of lands should occur within that timeframe.
The grant may be reasonably extended by the Forest Service when necessary to accommodate unforeseen circumstances in the land acquisition process.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
If you are interested in applying, contact your CFP Regional Contact:
Scott Stewart, Forest Legacy Program Manager & Community Forest Program Manager
Email questions or comments to:
The list of Forest Service Region / Institute contacts divided by regions: https://www.fs.fed.us/about-agency/contact-us/community-forest-regional-coordinators
USA: Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York City; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington, DC; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA) Guam (USA) Puerto Rico (USA) Virgin Islands (USA) Northern Mariana Islands (USA)
USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA) Marshall Islands (USA) Republic of Palau (USA)