The Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program

Type: 
Funding
Organization: 
Forest Service, Department of Agriculture
Description: 

Deadline Passed 06/29/2018. Deadline Unknown for 2019. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, State and Private Forestry, Cooperative Forestry staff, requests applications for the Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program (Community Forest Program or CFP). This is a competitive grant program whereby local governments, qualified nonprofit organizations, and Indian tribes are eligible to apply for grants to establish community forests through fee simple acquisition of private forest land from a willing seller. The purpose of the program is to establish community forests by protecting forest land from conversion to non-forest uses and provide community benefits such as sustainable forest management, environmental benefits including clean air, water, and wildlife habitat; benefits from forest-based educational programs; benefits from serving as models of effective forest stewardship; and recreational benefits secured with public access. Eligible lands for grants funded under this program are private forest that is at least five acres in size, suitable to sustain natural vegetation, and at least 75 percent forested. The lands must also be threatened by conversion to non-forest uses, must not be held in trust by the United States on behalf of any Indian Tribe, must not be Tribal allotment lands, must be offered for sale by a willing seller, and if acquired by an eligible entity, must provide defined community benefits under CFP and allow public access.

Category: 
forest conservation, community, sustainable forestry, management, education, stewardship, recreation, collaboration
Funding Amount: 
Individual grant applications may not exceed $600,000, which does not include technical assistance requests.
Matching Funds: 
Yes, must demonstrate a 50 percent match of the total project cost. The match can include cash, in-kind services, or donations, which shall be from a non-Federal source.

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Eligibility: 
Indian Tribes (including Alaska Native Corporations) are included in elgibility