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Wood Innovations Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, and IHEs in Multiple
States to Enhance the Wood Product and Energy Industries

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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US Forest Service

Deadline Date:

01/15/20 5:00 PM in the applicant's region of submission

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, for-profits, government agencies, institutions of higher education, and school districts in eligible states and territories to broaden the wood product and energy industrial markets. Funding is intended to support projects that improve the environmental and economic health of communities, lower costs of forest management on all land types, reduce hazardous fuels, and enhance forest health.

Eligible States:

  • For Statewide Wood Energy Team funding: All States except AK, AZ, CA, CO, ID, KY, MA, ME, MI, MN, MT, NE, NH, NM, NY, OR, PA, VA, VT, WA, WI, and WV. The States listed have already received funding to establish a Statewide Wood Energy Team.
  • For Statewide Wood Utilization Team funding: All States except for AL, AR, HI, MI, MN, MT, NC, OR, PR, SC, VA, and WI. The States listed have already received funding to establish a Statewide Wood Utilization Team. 

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.

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. 

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.

Preference will be given to proposals that:

• Make use of wood generated from National Forest System and other forest lands with high wildfire risk.

• Collaborate with industry partners.

• Support commercial building markets or other markets that use innovative wood products.

• Bundle or address multiple wood energy projects

Note:

1. Proposals incorporating technologies that are commercially viable will be competitive.

2. Applied research and demonstration projects will be considered. Applied versus basic research:

applied research helps address a real world problem with the potential to lead to commercial value, while basic research fills in data/knowledge gaps to help answer a scientific theory.

3. Expenses for self-marketing and self-promotion are not an eligible expense (company brochures, company business cards, company display materials,etc.).

4. Proposals should align with Forest Service regional priorities and State Forest Action Plans.

A cluster for the purpose of this funding opportunity is a wood energy system that serves multiple buildings at a single location (e.g., district heating) or wood energy systems installed at multiple locations in close proximity in an attempt to further expand the use of commercially available technology and/or expand wood fuel markets. A grant provided under this opportunity can support final engineering of the wood energy systems or production facilities prior to construction.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164183

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$8,000,000

Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 28

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum for each award is generally $250,000; however, the Forest Service may consider awarding more to a proposal that shows significant impact—closely aligns with program goals and yields significant hazardous fuel reduction in a timely manner.

Term of Contract:

Awards under this announcement are typically 2 to 3 years in length. Projects of greater complexity may be awarded for a longer period of time.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are for-profit entities; State, local, and Tribal governments; school districts; communities; not-for-profit organizations; institutions of higher education; and special purpose districts (e.g., public utilities districts, fire districts, conservation districts, and ports).

Only one team per State will be funded for each specific team type. Regional coordination across State lines can make a team more effective. Teams should cover the entire State unless there is adequate justification for a geographic location smaller than an entire State (e.g., specific fire-prone region within a State).

Multistate proposals will be considered. An applicant can submit individual proposals for multiple States but must have letters of support from officials in each State.

Equipment purchases, basic research, and construction will not be funded under this funding opportunity.

Proposals to establish or continue a Statewide Wood Energy Team or Statewide Wood Utilization (Innovation) Team in States that already have existing teams will not be considered.

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates:

- October 22, 2019: Issuance of Request for Proposals
- January 15, 2020: Proposal submission deadline
- May 1, 2020: Approximate date for the U.S. Forest Service to notify applicants of results
- August 1, 2020: Approximate date of award

The application deadline is Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. local time in the region you submit (see Section III, Part C). The Forest Service held an informational Pre-Application Webinar on November 7, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to work with their designated Regional Coordinator early in the application process to determine whether project ideas will be competitive.

Your organization must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) to apply. You must include a screenshot of the SAM registration page to be eligible for an award. There is no charge for registration. Active registration must be maintained throughout the life of the award.

Applicants must contribute at least 50% of the Forest Service requested funds.

An applicant can submit multiple applications.

Recording of the Pre-Application Webcast (2020): https://usfs.adobeconnect.com/pgl2ho1ye4l8/
2019 Wood Innovations Grants Pre-Application Webcast: https://usfs.adobeconnect.com/pb3onnf8vt4h/?proto=true

See this opportunity on Grants.Gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=322587

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Forest Service Region is generally determined by the State where the majority of the proposed work will be conducted. Two Forest Service regions may exist in one State.

Forest Service Region 1 (Northern Region)
(MT, ND, Northern ID, & Northwestern SD)
ATTN: Julie Kies
Building 26 Fort Missoula Road
Missoula, MT 59807
julie.kies@usda.gov (406) 329–3680

Forest Service Region 2 (Rocky Mountain Region)
(CO, KS, NE, SD, & WY)
ATTN: Laura Wolf
1617 Cole Boulevard, Building 17
Lakewood, CO 80401-3305
laura.wolf@usda.gov (303) 275–-5115

Forest Service Region 3 (Southwestern Region)
(AZ & NM)
ATTN: Buck Sanchez
333 Broadway Boulevard, SE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
buck.sanchez@usda.gov (505) 842–3498

Forest Service Region 4 (Intermountain Region)
(Southern ID, NV, UT, & Western WY)
ATTN: Julie Kies
Building 26 Fort Missoula Road
Missoula, MT 59807
julie.kies@usda.gov (406) 329–3680

Forest Service Region 5 (Pacific Southwest Region)
(CA, HI, Guam, and Trust Territories of the Pacific Islands)
ATTN: Larry Swan
1323 Club Drive
Vallejo, CA 95492-1110
larry.swan@usda.gov (707) 562–8917

Forest Service Region 6 (Pacific Northwest Region)
(OR & WA)
ATTN: Jim Archuleta
1220 SW 3rd Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
SM.FS.spfr6-wig@usda.gov (503) 808–2346

Forest Service Region 8 (Southern Region)
(AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, Virgin Islands, & Puerto Rico)
ATTN: Kevin Naranjo
1720 Peachtree Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
kevin.naranjo@usda.gov (404) 347–4034

Forest Service Region 9 (Eastern Region)
(CT, DE, DC, IL, IN, IA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, WV, WI)
ATTN: Lew McCreery
180 Canfield Street
Morgantown, WV 26505
lew.mccreery@usda.gov (304) 285–1538

Forest Service Region 10 (Alaska Region)
(AK)
ATTN: Daniel Parrent*
161 East 1st Avenue, Door 8
Anchorage, AK 99501
SM.FS.spf10-wig@usda.gov (907) 743–9467
*After December 24, 2019, please contact the Region 6 contact, Jim Archuleta

Grant Coverage Areas:

See this map for current Statewide Wood Energy Teams (not eligible): https://www.fs.fed.us/sites/default/files/swet-swut-utilization-map.pdf

See this map for current Statewide Utilization Energy Teams (not eligible): https://www.fs.fed.us/sites/default/files/swet-swut-utilization-map.pdf

CFDA Number:

10.674

Funding or Pin Number:

USDA-FS-WERC-2020

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Louisiana;   Maryland;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Nevada;   New Jersey;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Rhode Island;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Washington, DC;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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