USDA Forest Service Urban & Community Forestry (U&CF) Program

Posted by: CAKE Team
Post Date: 12/21/2023
Opportunity Type: Funding
Organization/Grantor: USDA Forest Service
Position/Title/Fund: USDA Forest Service Urban & Community Forestry (U&CF) Program
Deadline: February 29, 2024

Available Funding: approximately $1,000,000

Time Frame: to be completed within 3 years

Urban forests are trees for people, where they live, work and play, which includes natural resources on public and private property that contribute to quality of life, supports community development, green infrastructure, and provide a wealth of benefits to cities and towns.

The USDA Forest Service Urban & Community Forestry (U&CF) Program is the only dedicated urban forest program in the federal government.  It is a technical, financial, and educational assistance program delivers nature-based solutions to more than 84 percent of Americans.  The program works in partnership 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. Healthy urban & community forests and green infrastructure are not only 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.

Through the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), the Forest Service is seeking proposals to address the National Ten Year Urban and Community Forestry Action Plan (2016-2026), (Action Plan) - Goal 4 and Goal 5 in the Ten Year Action Plan.

Eligiblility: Non-Profits, educational institutions of higher learning, any U.S. state and 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 proposed messaging 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.

How to Apply:

Apply online. The online application process steps you through the application workflow processes allowing you to complete online web-forms and upload required .pdf documents* so that your entire application package is submitted online.

You will be notified by email during each of the following steps taken by the grant program review committee:

  • application received
  • application accepted for review or rejected and reason why
  • grant awarded