U.S. Forest Service FY2015 Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost Share Grant Program

Deadline: May 15, 2014

The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (NUCFAC) announces the posting of the U.S. Forest Service Fiscal Year 2015 Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost Share grant program. This year, there are three grant categories:

  • Incorporating Urban Forests as Green Infrastructure into Urban Planning Practices that will result in improvements for ecologically underserved communities and regions.
  • Green Infrastructure Jobs Analysis.
  • Utilizing Green Infrastructure to Manage and Mitigate Stormwater to Improve Water Quality.

Available Funding:

The U.S. Forest Service anticipates that the statutory authority (Sub Title 9 of the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act) for the Fiscal Year 2015 Urban and Community Forestry (U&CF) Program may provide, approximately $900,000 ($300,000 per category) in grant funds to be awarded through the 2015 National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost-Share Grant Program. Funds are to support national urban and community forestry projects on nonfederal public land that have a national or multi-state impact and application. All awards are based on the availability of funding, which may be subject to change.

Eligible Applicants:

Any U.S. non-Federal organization and Tribal agencies, operating within the United States or its territories, may apply for the Challenge Cost-Share grant. While collaboration with Federal agencies is encouraged, a Federal agency may not receive funding or be used as match to the Federal funds being requested. Individuals and private land are not eligible. The Forest Service will address any conflicts of interest.

If an entity has a local/State tree-planting projects, capital improvements to property of any ownership, and/or projects that have only a local impact and applicability are not eligible and they should contact their State Urban and Community Forestry Coordinator for assistance in identifying funding alternatives at the local level. The list of State Coordinators may be found at the following website: http://www.fs.fed.us/ucf/contact_state.shtml

Matching Requirements:

All grant funds must be matched at least equally (dollar for dollar) with non-Federal source funds. This match may include in-kind donations, volunteer assistance, and private and public (non-federal) monetary contributions. All matching funds must be directly related to the proposed project. The source of matching funds must be identified and grantees must comply with all applicable Federal regulations.

Download the application, instructions, and required forms.