The State & Private Forestry Landscape Scale Restoration (LSR) Competitive Grant initiative is a partnership between states and the Northeastern Area State & Private Forestry (S&PF). Its goal is to focus federal investments on issues, challenges, opportunities and landscapes of state importance that also address national and regional themes.
The LSR grant requires a one to one match, and the minimum amount of Federal funds is $25,000. Units of local government, Tribes, non-profit organizations (defined as a 501c3), and universities are eligible to submit applications.
More Information and Resources
Prospective applicants should use the 2020 Wisconsin Forest Action Plan to align project proposals with state and regional strategies and goals. Additionally, refer to the USDA Forest Service S&PF National Guidance for eligibility, proposal requirements, necessary criteria for competitive proposals, changes in this year’s process, and the FY2021 focus achieving on-the-ground outcomes on rural forest land.
The USFS Northeastern Area S&PF LSR Grants web page includes the application form, information on the submission process, and links to useful resources. This page also includes a link to register for the FY2021 LSR webinar on July 9 hosted by the USFS. Note: USFS requires proposals be endorsed by the DNR Division of Forestry before being submitted.
Timeline and How to Apply
- To facilitate the development of proposals, the Division of Forestry can provide applicants with a liaison to help guide them. To request a liaison, please contact Paul Fricken (firstname.lastname@example.org) by July 31.
- Submit draft proposal and supplemental materials to Paul Fricken by 5 p.m. August 14. From August 17 – 28 the Division of Forestry will review and work with applicants to improve and enhance proposals.
- On August 31 Division of Forestry will notify applicants of successful proposals it endorses, or proposals it will not endorse for FY2021.
- Complete applications, including Division of Forestry letter of endorsement, are due to the USDA Forest Service by 5 p.m. CST on September 17, 2020. Applicants will submit their own applications through Grants.gov.