Grant opportunity: USDA National Forest Resiliency Innovation 2020 Challenge

Are you seeking funding for an urban and community forestry project with multi-state or national impact? If so, consider applying for the USDA Forest Service National Forest Resiliency Innovation 2020 Challenge Cost Share Grant Program.

  • Deadline: March 30th, 2020
  • Total funding available: approximately $900,000 (based on the availability of funding, which may be subject to change).

The USDA seeks innovative (new, cutting-edge or builds upon existing studies) grant proposals for program development, study, and collaboration that will address urban and community forest resilience and aligns with one or more applicable goals in the National Ten Year Urban and Community Forestry Action Plan (2016-2026):

  •      Integrate Urban and Community Forestry into All Scales of Planning
  •      Promote the Role of Urban and Community Forestry in Human Health and Wellness
  •      Cultivate Diversity, Equity and Leadership within the Urban Forestry Community
  •      Strengthen Urban and Community Forest Health and Biodiversity for Long-Term Resilience
  •      Improve Urban and Community Forest Management, Maintenance and Stewardship
  •      Diversify, Leverage and Increase Funding for Urban and Community Forestry
  •      Increase Public Awareness and Environmental Education to Promote Stewardship

US non-federal organizations and Tribal agencies operating within the United States or its territories are encouraged to apply.  Funds are to support national urban and community forestry projects on non-federal public land that have a national or multi-state impact and application.

Not Eligible: 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/single state impact and applicability are not eligible. See the Grant Program RFP for complete eligibility details.

All grant funds must be matched at least equally (dollar for dollar) with non-Federal source funds.  The match may include in-kind donations, volunteer assistance, and private and public (non-federal) monetary contributions.

For more information and to apply, please visit

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