Good Neighbor Authority
To permit the head of any state agency (including the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico) to perform restoration and protection services on Federal land. Note: Appropriations version limits cooperator to State Forestry. Federal land means land that is National Forest System land. It does not include a component of the National Wilderness Preservation System; Federal land on which the removal of vegetation is prohibited or restricted by Act of Congress or Presidential proclamation; or a wilderness study area.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Forest Service, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Section 8206 of Public Law 113-79, the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill) as amended.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
State includes state agencies that are part of a State university system. State universities are not eligible. State includes the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
Program authorized for states containing or affected by National Forest System Land, including the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this listing. An environmental impact assessment is not required for this listing. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. If necessary or as part of the agreement, appropriate environmental documentation (NEPA) should be completed prior to project implementation. Any decision required to be made under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 USC 4321 et seq.) with respect to any authorized restoration services on Federal land to be provided remains the responsiblity of the Forest Service. Additional,
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The Forest Service and the State agency mutually agree to projects that are appropriate under this authority.
The law authorizes sole source award of included projects. Projects and associated funding will be negotiated between the Forest Service and the State agency.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Negotiated between the Forest Service and the State agency.
How are proposals selected?
All Good Neighbor Agreements are approved on the basis of negotiated work products, project objectives to be achieved, and the relationship to regional forest and watershed health issues, priorities and needs.
How may assistance be used?
Restoration services provided are on a project-by-project basis as planned or made ready for implementation under existing Forest Service authorities. Types of projects include treatment of insect infected trees, reduction of hazardous fuels, and other activities to restore or improve forest, rangeland, and watershed health including fish and wildlife habitat. Projects may be completed by the states or subcontracts utilizing state contract procedures.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
All related data, information, records and accounts shall be retained for a period of 3 years beyond the date of submission of final financial reports. Financial and programmatic records will be made available to the Forest Service or its designated agent upon request.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Good Neighbor Agreements may be executed for up to 10 years. As specified in award terms.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See regional and local Forest Service offices
201 14th St SW
Washington, DC 20250 US
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18$23,711,893.00; FY 19 est $25,000,000.00; FY 20 FY 17$11,799,404.00; FY 16$37,720,435.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Variable. Projects may range from $5,000 - $1,000,000
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Examples of Funded Projects