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2021 Wood Innovations Grant Program Request for Proposals

2021 RFP process is open

Overview Information

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number is 10.674

CFDA Title is Wood Utilization Assistance

Important Dates:

October 20, 2020   Issuance of Request for Proposals

January 20, 2021   Proposal submission deadline

May 2021               Approximate date for the U.S. Forest Service to notify applicants of results.

August 2021          Approximate date of award

The Forest Service will hold an informational Pre-Application Webinar on this and another related grant opportunity on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time to provide information and answer questions. 

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Synopsis of Funding Opportunity:

The U.S. Forest Service requests proposals to substantially expand and accelerate wood energy and wood products markets throughout the United States to support forest management needs on National Forest System and other forest lands.

This Request for Proposals focuses on the following priorities to:

  • Reduce hazardous fuels and improve forest health on National Forest System and other forest lands.
  • Reduce costs of forest management on all land types.
  • Promote economic and environmental health of communities.

The intent of the Wood Innovations Funding Opportunity is to stimulate, expand, and support wood products markets and wood energy markets.

Projects can include, but are not limited to:

  1. Completing requirements, such as engineering designs, cost analyses, and permitting necessary, in the later stages of commercial construction projects that use wood as a primary building material and in the later stages of wood energy project development to secure financing. Early phase project development proposals will not be competitive.
  2. Developing manufacturing capacity, other necessary wood products infrastructure, and markets for wood products that support forest ecosystem restoration.
  3. Showcasing quantifiable environmental and economic benefits of using wood as a sustainable building material in an actual commercial building and the projected benefits achieved if replicated across the United States based on commercial construction market trends.
  4. Establishing statewide wood utilization teams and statewide wood energy teams. Only proposals from States without an existing (or former) team will be considered. Current teams are found on this map.
  5. Developing a cluster of wood energy projects in a geographic area or specific sector (e.g., prisons, hospitals, universities, manufacturing sector, or industrial sector).
  6. Overcoming market barriers and stimulating expansion of wood energy in the commercial sector.


Past funded projects can be explored from the Wood Innovations funded projects searchable database.  All funded projects are required to provide reports (annual progress reports and final reports as project is completed).

 

Instructions, Application, and FAQ's

1. Instructions

2. Application (Word Version)

3. Frequently Asked Questions and Definitions

4. Example of a successful Wood Energy grant application

5. Example of a successful Wood Products Markets grant application

 

2020 Wood Innovation Funding Opportunity Recipients

USDA Forest Service awards Wood Innovations Grants to reduce wildfire risk, invest in rural economies and support healthy forests

2019 Wood Innovations Funding Opportunity Successful Applicants:

Forest Service announces 2019 Wood Innovation Grant Awards Reducing wildfire risk and supporting healthy forests with our public partners

2018 Wood Innovations Funding Opportunity Successful Applicants:

USDA Forest Service Awards Wood Innovation Grants to Expand and Accelerate Wood Products Markets in 20 States

2017 Wood Innovations Funding Opportunity Successful Applicants:

U.S. Forest Service Awards Grants to Expand and Accelerate Wood Energy and Wood Products Markets in 19 States

2017 Wood Innovations Grant Recipients

2016 Wood Innovations Funding Opportunity Successful Applicants:

USDA Awards Funds to Expand, Accelerate Wood Energy and Wood Products Markets in 19 States

2016 Wood Innovations Grant Recipients

2015 Wood Innovations Funding Opportunity Successful Applicants:

USDA Awards Funds to Expand and Accelerate Wood Energy and Wood Product Markets in 23 States

2015 Wood Innovations Grant Recipients

 

 

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