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Innovative Finance for National Forests IFNF

  • Granting Agency: USFS National Partnership Office (NPO) and US Endowment for Forestry and Communities
  • Appropriation Amount: $2,000,000
  • Grant Amount: Award Ceiling $500,000, Match 20%
  • Announcement Date: June 1, 2021
  • Closing Date: July 12, 2021

County Governments and USDA Forest Service: A guidebook for Working Together

Purpose: Support the development and implementation of innovative finance models that leverage private and public capital other than U.S. Forest Service (USFS) appropriations to support the resilience of the National Forest System.

Eligible Expenditures:
Projects must address the most pressing environmental and budgetary challenges faced by the USFS and present the best opportunities to demonstrate the viability for new financial tools. IFNF projects must address one or more of the following focus areas:
1) Watershed Health
2)Sustainable Recreation Infrastructure and Access
3) Wildfire Resilience and Recovery
Applications will be considered for the following project types:
1) Pilot Projects
2) Scaling Projects
3) Research and Development

Eligible Applicants: Not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organizations; for-profit companies; tribes; intertribal consortia; state and local government agencies, and colleges and universities. A single organization or a
consortia/team of organizations may apply. Applicants may submit multiple proposals if projects or geographic areas are distinct. Unincorporated individuals are not eligible. Forest Service units and programs cannot receive funding directly.