Cooperative Forestry Assistance
With respect to nonfederal forest and other rural lands to assist in the advancement of forest resources management and conservation; the encouragement of active forest management; the control of insects and diseases affecting trees and forests; the control of rural fires; the efficient utilization of wood and wood residues/biomass, including the recycling of wood fiber and biomass utilization; the improvement and maintenance of fish and wildlife habitat; and the planning and implementation of urban and community forestry programs; broaden existing programs on non-federal forest lands to meet the multiple use objectives of landowners; provide opportunities to private landowners to protect ecologically valuable and threatened non-Federal forest land; and strengthen educational, technical, and financial assistance programs that provide assistance to owners of non-Federal forest lands.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: Forest Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
FORMULA GRANTS; PROJECT GRANTS
Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978, Public Law 95-313, as amended.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
State Forestry or equivalent State agencies, Tribes, non-profits, and municipalities are eligible. All States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands of the United States, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau, and the territories and possessions of the United States are eligible.
Landowners of nonfederal lands; rural community fire fighting forces; urban and municipal governments, non-profit organizations, Tribes and other State, local, and private agencies acting through State Foresters, equivalent State officials, or other official representatives.
No credentials or documentation. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Contact Regional Office, Northeastern Area Office, or International Institute of Tropical Forestry Office listed at www.fs.fed.us/contactus/regions.shtml
Established by the Regional Office, Northeastern Area, or International Institute of Tropical Forestry.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 10 to 60 days. State single point of contact will have 30 days from notification of tentative allotments to comment.
Amend SF-424(A) with SF 424 application is required to amend the allotment amount or length of commitment, other requirements may be established by the Regional Office, Northeastern Area, or International Institute of Tropical Forestry.
How are proposals selected?
Most grants to State Forestry Agencies are approved on the basis of negotiated targets or objectives to be achieved. UCF community grants are based on local needs and resources. A specific project focus may be developed by State Urban Forestry Councils.
How may assistance be used?
To assist State Forester or equivalent agencies in forest stewardship programs on private, State, local, and other nonfederal forest and rural lands. Programs may include production of timber and efficient processing and use of wood products; developing genetically improved tree seeds and seedlings; producing and distributing tree seeds and seedlings; promoting afforestation and reforestation; timber stand improvement; improving wildlife habitat; assisting private woodland owners in harvesting, processing, and marketing activities; conversion of wood to energy; protection and improvement of forest soil fertility; forest insect and disease management; urban and community forestry; development and transfer of new and improved fire prevention, control, suppression and prescribed fire technologies; organization of shared fire suppression resources, and achievement of more efficient fire protection for States and local communities; provision of financial, technical and related assistance to local rural fire fighting forces; acquisition and loan of Federal excess property; organizational improvement; forestry resources planning; conservation of forest land; and technology transfer.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance reports are required at least annually, but not more than quarterly as detailed in the applicable OMB Circulars and the grant award. Cash reports are not applicable. Performance reports are required at least annually, but not more than quarterly as detailed in the applicable OMB Circulars and the grant award. SF-425 must be submitted at least annually and no more than quarterly as detailed in the applicable OMB Circulars and the grant award. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
State and other generally accepted accounting systems are permissible, if acceptable to audit and reconciliation. All grantees need to maintain adequate systems for collecting and recording statistical data.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Government shall not exceed the amount expended by a State grantee or grantee for all programs except those covered by Section 11 of Public Law 95-313. Section 10(b)(2), State Fire Assistance program funds require a 50 percent match by the grantee, unless reduced with a waiver. Section 10(b)(3) Volunteer Fire Assistance program funds require a 50 percent match by the grantee. Cost-sharing ratios for Section 11(a) Management Assistance and Section 11(c), Technology Implementation programs shall be negotiated. Section 11(b), Forest Resource Planning program funds require 20 percent matching by the State. Amount of grant based on negotiated targets to be achieved.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants may be awarded for up to 5 years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Payments made based on authorization and negotiation of provisions with cooperator.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Refer http://www.fs.fed.us/contactus/regions.shtml for local State and Private Forestry offices of the Forest Service and for addresses and telephone numbers of Region, Area, and Insittute Directors of State & Private Forestry.
Deputy Chief, State and Private Forestry, 1400 Independence Ave, SW, MS 1109, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Phone: (202) 205-1657.
(Project Grants) FY 14 $153,667,245; FY 15 est $127,500,000; and FY 16 Estimate Not Available - FY2015 projection based on current agreements and request.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$25,000 to $6,000,000. Average $1,000,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Forest Service Manual- Titles 3000, 3100, 3200, 3300, 3400, 3500, 3600, 3700, 3800, and 3900 available in all Forest Service offices, and State Forestry agency offices. Grant regulations found at 2 CFR 200 as implemented and supplemented by USDA at 2 CFR 400.
Examples of Funded Projects