Urban and Community Forestry Program
To plan for, establish, manage and protect trees, forests, green spaces and related natural resources in and adjacent to cities and towns. The urban and community forestry program provides ecosystem services, social and economic benefits. It links these benefits to governmental, private and grassroots organizations and resources to improve the quality of life in these cities and towns.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Forest Service, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978, Title 16, Part 2105, Section 9, Public Law 95-313, Statute 92,365
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
State Foresters or equivalent State agencies, Tribal nations, interested members of the public, private non-profit organizations and others. All States, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa and Guam, and other territories and possessions of the United States are eligible.
State Foresters or equivalent State agencies, local governments, tribes, and non-profit organizations, and other State, local and private agencies acting through State Foresters, equivalent State agencies or other official representatives as agreed by the State Forester, equivalent State agency, and the Secretary. (082a) Projects are to be national or multi-state in scope and benefit the nation as a whole or a multi-state region. Results are to benefit, but not limited to, State Foresters or equivalent State agencies, local governments, Tribal Nations, applicable non-profit organizations, and other State, local, and applicable private agencies.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. Regional or IITF offices provide states and territories with program funding advice each year.
The national competitive challenge cost share grant program. A Request for Proposals (RFP) is advertised with the criteria and eligibility. The RFP is available in hard copy, is published in the Federal Register and is posted to: : https://www.fs.usda.gov/managing-land/urban-forests/ucf. An electronic mailing list is also maintained by the Washington Office Headquarters Staff.
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 Form SF-424, SF-424(a) and SF-424(b) and other forms furnished by the Federal agency. Contact Regional or Institute Office listed in http://www.fs.fed.us/ucf/contact_regional.shtml For the national competitive challenge cost share grant program. 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 www.grants.gov or via electronic means or hardcopy to the Forest Service contact person noted on the RFP, accompanied by Form SF-424, SF-424(a) and SF-424(b) and other forms furnished by the Federal agency and required by the OMB Circulars.
Established by the Washington, Regional and Institute offices. http://www.fs.fed.us/ucf/contact_regional.shtml The national competitive challenge cost share grant program award procedures are established by the Washington Office and USDA.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Established by the Washington, Regional, Area, and Institute offices. http://www.fs.fed.us/ucf/contact_regional.shtml. Range of Approval/Disapproval varies between Forest Service offices depending on availability of funding. 095a: The national competitive challenge cost share grant program range of approval/disapproval varies between Forest Service Washington Office and Department of Agriculture and on the availability of funding.
Amended 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 Washington, Regional, Area or Institute offices.
How are proposals selected?
Most grants are approved on the basis of negotiated targets or objectives to be achieved. UCF community grants are based on local needs and resources. The national grant program selects proposals based on the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council's criteria established for a given year.
How may assistance be used?
To assist State Foresters, equivalent State agencies, Tribal nations, interested members of the public and private non-profit organizations in urban and community forestry programs in cities and communities.
070a. National Urban & Community Forestry Challenge Grant Program: Provides a national competitive urban and community forestry challenge cost share grant program to assist urban and community forestry efforts across the country and address strategic urban forestry-related issues and opportunities as identified by the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Forest Service program managers will conduct program monitoring for awards under this CFDA.
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
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching is mandatory. Applicant matching requirements are determined by the Washington office. If matching funds are required, the funds cannot come from Federal Sources. Cooperator matches may be non-Federal cash, in-kind and non-cash contributions. Matching requirements may range from 0 percent to 50 percent of the total award amount. 101a: For the national competitive challenge cost share grant program. Applicant match requirements are determined by the statutory authority which requires a 50:50 match. Matching funds may not come from other federal sources. The non-Federal share of the match may be in the form of cash, services or in-kind contributions.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Electronic transfer of payments are required. Grants are normally awarded for a period of 12 months. A no cost extension justification must be received and approved by the Forest Service. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded / released: Recipients submit invoices based on actual expenditures on a monthly, quarterly or bi-annual basis as established in the award terms.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
For Forest Service, State and Private Forestry office addresses and telephone numbers. Visit: http://www.fs.fed.us/ucf/contact_regional.shtml
201 14th St SW
Washington, DC 20024 USA
(Project Grants) FY 18$11,362,657.00; FY 19 est $10,000,000.00; FY 20 FY 17$6,960,009.00; FY 16$900,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
For all grant awards under this CFDA: The applicable OMB Circulars are available online at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/circulars/index.html. http://www.fs.fed.us/ucf/index.shtml http://www.fs.fed.us/ucf/nucfac.shtml
Examples of Funded Projects