International Forestry Programs


To extend Forest Service efforts to improve forest policies and practices internationally, address climate change, conserve and protect critical global forest environments and resources, and improve the lives of forest-dependent peoples by awarding grants to and entering into cooperative agreements with nonprofit organizations, multilateral organizations, and other individuals, organizations, institutions, and governments engaged in forest conservation and management.

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.
International Forestry Cooperation Act of 1990, Act of November 4, 1990, Public Law 101-513, Title VI; 104 Stat. 2070; 16 U.S.C 4501 (note), 4501-4503, 4503a-d, 4504-4505.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Potential applicants include U.S. and international organizations, educational institutions, government entities, and individuals. International applicants must be from countries sanctioned by the State Department.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Potential beneficiaries include host-country forest management agencies, non-profit organizations, forest landowners in the target countries, forest-dependent communities and peoples in the targeted countries, and U.S. landowners and organizations involved in or concerned with invasive species mitigation, migratory species conservation, legal trade in forest products, and the impact of climate change on forests.
Project managers and organizations must document competence in the field and activities of the project proposed. Eligible projects must fit within the U.S. Forest Service International Programs priorities, comply with all federal grants and agreements regulations, and be documented through a completed grant application.
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. A complete proposal must be submitted to International Programs and explain in detail the work to be undertaken, the qualifications of key personnel involved in the work, resources such as equipment, facilities, services available or needed, and a detailed proposed budget for each fiscal year during the life of the grant. All grant proposals must show technical competence and demonstrate ability to meet international, transnational, national, regional or local needs. Proposals for federal financial assistance must also submit a SF-424, SF-424(A) and SF-424(B).
Award Procedure
Proposals will be evaluated by the Forest Service Office of International Programs, in consultation with the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development, where relevant, for purposes of ensuring compliance with U.S. foreign policy and objectives. Proposed activities will be assessed for their ability to improve forest management and the welfare of forest-dependent peoples in the targeted country or countries, as well as their ability to enhance or complement existing or planned Forest Service programs and activities.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. 120 days.
Not applicable.
Requests for continued support will be considered as equal in importance and in competition with pending proposals. Applications submitted for continued support should be identical to a new proposal along with a detailed summary of progress to date. Applications for continued support must be received no later than 3 months prior to the expiration of the existing grant or agreement.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria are established on a program-by-program basis and approved based on the negotiated objectives to be achieved at international, national, regional and local levels.
How may assistance be used?
Grants and cooperative agreements are used to carry out, supplement and complement Forest Service international activities in a wide range of fields, including but not limited to forest policies and regulations, forest products trade, forest management practices, wildlife management, watershed management, recreation and tourism, fire management, forest insect and disease prevention and response, invasive species preventions and response, disaster response and mitigation, landscape planning, forest product development and utilization, climate change adaptation and mitigation, forest economics, and training and institutional strengthening. Grants and cooperative agreements will be limited to five years.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Technical progress reports are required at least annually, but not more than quarterly as detailed in the applicable OMB Circulars and the grant award.
Not applicable.
All related data, information, records and accounts shall be retained for 3 years beyond the expiration date of the grant unless other disposition is specified in writing by the awarding agency.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. The applicant's contribution is negotiated. The proposed budget by fiscal year shows the estimated cost of the complete project from grant funds and the value of resources to be contributed by the applicant. The non-Federal cost share may consist of: funds, donations, in-kind contributions, direct costs, indirect costs, and other as determined by the Forest Service. Funds will be provided on a per-project basis, as determined by annual budget allocations.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Up to 5 years. Billing and invoices for expenses incurred may be submitted quarterly or semi-annually. Electronic transfers of payments are encouraged. Payments made based on authorization and negotiation of provisions with cooperator.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Val Mezainis, Director, International Programs, 202-644-4600 Vanessa Felder-Pinkney, Grants and Agreements Specialist, International Programs,, 202-644-4613.
Headquarters Office
Vanessa Felder-Pinkney
1 Thomas Circle NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20005 US
Phone: 202-644-4613
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$10,499,084.00; FY 23 est $55,470,394.00; FY 24 FY 21$10,010,851.00; FY 20$18,188,742.00; FY 19$16,029,994.00; FY 18$3,557,236.00; FY 17$12,803,332.00; FY 16$4,535,457.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Please consult with International Programs for information relevant to a specific proposal.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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