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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


GrantWatch ID# 205388
Agency: Federal

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service
CFDA Number: 10.664 -- Cooperative Forestry Assistance
Funding or PIN Number: USDA-FS-2023-LSR-TRIBES

Geographic Focus
USA: AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew York CityNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginiaWashington, DCWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyoming

Important Dates
Conference Date: 09/08/22
LOI Date: 10/30/22
Deadline: 12/15/22 6:00 PM Eastern

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.

This program supports high impact projects that lead to measurable outcomes on the landscape, leverage public and private resources, and further priorities identified in science-base restoration strategies.

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. The 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 trust land held in fee is also eligible. Landscape Scale Restoration funding cannot be used for work on Federal lands such as National Forests and Grasslands. 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.

Examples of Eligible Project Activities can be found on page 2 of the RFP. See Attached Files, below.

Program Requirements and Measurable Outcomes can be found on page 3 of the RFP.



Recipient

Eligibility
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
In addition to Federally Recognized Tribes, the following are also eligible: (1) Alaska Native Corporations/Villages and (2) Tribal organizations as defined in 25 USC 5304 (l) (requires a letter of support from a Federally Recognized Tribe or Alaska Native Corporation/Village).

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

Examples of Ineligible Project Activities can be found on page 3 of the RFP. See Attached Files, below.

Pre-Proposal Conference
The Forest Service will host an informational webinar Thursday, September 8, 2022. Please visit the Forest Service Landscape Scale Restoration Website for more details.
- https://www.fs.usda.gov/managing-land/private-land/landscape-scale-restoration

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 would submit a draft proposal to the relevant Forest Service regional contact by October 30, 2022. Regional staff can assist with navigating LSR program authorities, eligible activities, allowable costs and match, and other federal financial assistance questions.

All proposals must be submitted via email by December 15, 2022 by 6 PM Eastern, along with a cc to the appropriate Forest Service regional staff (Tribal Relations Program Manager/Liaison/Analyst or LSR Program Manager).

Tribes are strongly encouraged to contact and work with a Forest Service Region (e.g., Tribal Relations Program Manager/Liaison/Analyst 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.

While match is encouraged, the Forest Service will consider a match wavier or reduced match from Federally Recognized Tribes and Alaska Native Corporation/villages applicants. Match may include cash or in-kind contributions of goods, property, services. Match for the LSR grant program must be met by eligible and allowable costs and is subject to match provisions in grant regulations.

Registration in System for Award Management (SAM):
Please allow at least two (2) weeks to process a new registration or renew an existing registration in SAM. All prospective awardees must be registered in SAM: https://sam.gov/content/home.

View this opportunity on grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=342979

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.

Eastern Region (CT, DC, DE, IA, IL, IN, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, WI, WV)
- Sherri Wormstead, Eastern Region S&PF LSR Program Lead: 603-742-6712, sherri.j.wormstead@usda.gov
- Sierra Dawkins, Acting Tribal Relations Program Lead: 708-373-6259, sierra.dawkins@usda.gov

Intermountain Regions (ID, NV, UT)
- Jennifer Hensiek, Northern and Intermountain Regions LSR Program Lead: 406-529-8159, jennifer.hensiek@usda.gov
- Barbara Long, Intermountain Tribal Relations Program Manager: barbara.long2@usda.gov

Northern Region (MT, ND)
- Jennifer Hensiek, Northern and Intermountain Regions LSR Program Lead: 406-529-8159, jennifer.hensiek@usda.gov

Rocky Mountain Region (CO, KS, NE, SD, WY)
- Laura Wolf, Rocky Mountain Region LSR Program Lead: 720-830-6407, laura.wolf@usda.gov
- Sylvia Bierman, Director S&PF Cooperative Forestry and Tribal Relations: 303-304-0948, sylvia.bierman@usda.gov

Southwestern Region (AZ, NM)
- Laura Moser, Southwestern Region LSR Program Lead: 928-607-6040, laura.moser@usda.gov Pacific Southwest Region (CA, HI)
- Stacey Clark, LSR Program Lead: 707-562-8916, stacey.clark@usda.gov
- Rowena Yeahquo, Tribal Relations Specialist: 707-980-0390, rowena.yeahquo@usda.gov

Pacific Northwest (OR, WA)
- Karl Dalla Rosa, LSR Program Contact (Tribal and S&PF Point of Contact): 971-804-3626, karl.dallarosa@usda.gov

Southern Region (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, PR, SC, TN, TX, VA)
- Paul Gellerstedt, Southern Region LSR Program Lead: 470-585-9154, paul.gellerstedt@usda.gov
- Lexie Rue-Harris, Tribal Relations Program, 479-508-7553, lexie.rue-harris@usda.gov

Alaska Region
- Priscilla Morris, LSR Program Lead: 252-725-7524, priscilla.morris@usda.gov
- Kevin Hood, Acting Tribal Relations Program Manager: 907-586-7829, kevin.e.hood@usda.gov

RFP & Supporting Documents
Full Grant Text RFP

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates / changes / addendums / conferences / LOIs.


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