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New Forest Service Grant Opportunities for Underserved and Small Acreage Forest Landowners

Forest Service News Release

Yreka, Calif., October 4, 2023— USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announcedthe Forest Service is making $150 million available in grant funding to support participation of underserved and small acreage forest landowners in emerging markets for climate mitigation or forest resilience. The program targets private individuals who own less than 2,500 acres of forested land. The program, called Forest Landowner Support, is funded through the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). No match is required–though a match is encouraged.  

The grant program is divided into categories (or “tracks”) defined by budget size (from $2 million to $50 million) and purpose. Entities eligible to submit proposals include: state and local governments; Tribal governments; Alaska Native Corporations; education entities; non-profit entities and for-profit entities.

All proposals must meet the following criteria: 1) rural location—defined as areas outside census areas of 50,000+ people; 2) existing tree cover or suitable for growing trees; 3) owned by any private individual, group, association, corporation, Indian Tribe, other private legal entity or Tribal land held in trust by the Federal government. The deadline for grant proposal submission depends on the category of grant—with the earliest due date being October 21, 2023. 

Additional information is available at the web site:   

  • On the home page for–enter Forest Landowner Supportin the search window
  • At the top of the list of grant opportunities click on USDA-FS-2023-IRA-FLS-01
  •   Review the information under the tab titled Synopsis.
  •   Review the information under the tab titled Related Documents…in particular the PDF document “USDA Forest Service Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) Forest Landowner Support Notice of Funding Opportunity 1”

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