Forest Stewardship Program


To promote and enable the long-term active management of non-industrial private and other non-federal forest land to sustain the multiple values and uses that depend on such lands.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Forest Service, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978, Public Law 95-313 as amended; 16 U.S.C. 2103a
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
State forestry or equivalent State agencies, tribes, non-profits, and municipalities are eligible. All States, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, and territories and possessions of the United States may be eligible.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Landowners of non-federal lands, non-profit organizations, tribes and other State, local, and private agencies acting through State Foresters, equivalent State officials, or other official representatives are eligible. Landowners seeking assistance through the Forest Stewardship Program should contact their state forest agency directly. Program guidelines differ from state to state.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. States and other eligible applicants prepare grant proposal narratives for submittal to Regional and Area Offices, accompanied by completed standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency (i.e., SF-424).
Award Procedure
Established by Regional and Area Offices.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 10 to 60 days after the application is filed with the Forest Service Regional or Area Office. States and eligible applicants are requested to submit Form SF-424(A) with SF-424 application and other required narratives, forms and assurances as advised by the Regional and Area Offices within 10 to 60 days following official funding advice notification.
Not applicable.
SF-424(A) with SF-424 application is required to amend the grant amount or length of commitment. Other requirements may be established by the Regional or Area Office.
How are proposals selected?
Applicant grant proposals are reviewed, and funds are granted by Regional and Area Offices.
How may assistance be used?
To provide financial, technical, educational, and related assistance to State foresters or equivalent State officials for: The delivery of information and professional assistance to owners of nonindustrial private forest lands; The afforestation, reforestation and active management of state and other non-federal forest land; and Improved forest seedling production and distribution.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Reporting of accomplishments and expenditure is required under this program as outlined above.
Program grant recipients may be subject to audit by the Office of Inspector General, USDA.
State and other grant recipients and Regional and Area Offices must retain records pertaining to grant payments received for a minimum period of five years. State and other generally accepted accounting systems are permissible, if acceptable to audit and reconciliation.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is mandatory. Applicant matching requirements are determined by Regional and Area Offices. Matching funds cannot come from other federal sources.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants are normally awarded for a period of 12 to 18 months. Payments made based on authorization of provisions with cooperator.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Refer to the Forest Service directory for address and telephone number of the State and Private Forestry Directory in your Region or Area of the Forest Service.
Headquarters Office
Caroline Kuebler
201 14th St SW
Washington, DC 20250 USA
Phone: 414-267-7030
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$9,200,226.00; FY 23 est $10,000,000.00; FY 24 FY 21$15,426,632.00; FY 20$8,016,900.00; FY 19$6,263,302.00; FY 18$9,082,072.00; FY 17$8,000,000.00; FY 16$7,774,163.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$50,000 to $400,000
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Forest Service Manual Titles 3000 and 3200 and the Forest Stewardship Program National Standards and Guidelines.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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