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2019 Wood Innovations Grants – due date Jan 23, 2019

A Wood Innovations Grant awarded in 2015 funded blast testing of cross-laminated timber, a revolutionary new sustainable wood building material. Photo courtesy of WoodWorks.

WASHINGTON D.C. – USDA Forest Service announced the request for proposals for Wood Innovations Grants for projects that stimulate, expand and support wood products markets and wood energy markets, with the goal of reducing wildfire risk and improving forest health. Applications will be accepted through Jan. 23, 2019.

The program will award up to $8 million in 2019 for projects designed to have a long-term impact on both Forest Service and other forested lands. Information on how to apply is available on the Wood Innovations homepage.

Funding is available to support a diverse range of activities, such as developing manufacturing capacity and markets for wood products that support forest ecosystem restoration, such as cross laminated timber; establishing Statewide Wood Utilization Teams and Statewide Wood Energy Teams; and developing clusters of wood energy projects in a given geographic area.

Since 2005, more than 310 grants have been awarded to small businesses, non-profits, institutions of higher education, tribes, states and local governments to promote the economic and environmental health of communities. Since 2013, this funding has also helped establish 10 Statewide Wood Utilization Teams and 22 Statewide Wood Energy Teams that collectively expand and support wood products and wood energy markets in the US.

A 2017 Wood Innovations Grant helped fund the construction of “Conversation Plinth”, the first use of hardwood cross laminated timber in the United States. Photo courtesy of Hadley Fruits/IKD.