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Wood Innovations Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, and Agencies
in Multiple States to Enhance the Forestry Industry

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01/22/18 5:00 PM in the applicant's region of submission


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Grants starting at $10,000 to multiple USA states nonprofits, for-profits, government agencies, communities, school districts, special purpose districts, and IHEs to enhance and promote forestry and wood product markets. Projects should reduce forest fires, be cost effective, and promote environmental and economic health.

Eligible states include Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, DC, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

The Forest Service seeks proposals that significantly stimulate or expand wood energy and wood products markets that support the long-term management of National Forest System and other forest lands.

This Request for Proposals focuses on these U.S. Forest Service Wood Innovations goals:

1. Reduce hazardous fuels and improve forest health on National Forest System and other forest lands.

2. Reduce the costs of forest management on all land types.

3. Promote economic and environmental health of communities.

Preference will be given to proposals that make use of wood generated from National Forest System and other forest lands with high wildfire risk; for institutions of higher education, preference will be given to proposals that collaborate with industry partners.

Funding will be evaluated and awarded in two separate categories.

Grant Category 1 - Expansion of Wood Energy Markets and Wood Energy Projects:

The intent of this category is to:
1. Stimulate, expand, or support wood energy markets that depend on forest residues or forest byproducts generated from all land types.

Projects can include, but are not limited to:
a. Developing a cluster of wood energy projects in a geographic area or specific sector (e.g., prisons, hospitals, universities, manufacturing sector, or industrial sector).
b. Overcoming market barriers and stimulating expansion of wood energy in the commercial sector.
2. Complete requirements, such as engineering designs, cost analyses, and permitting, necessary in the later stages of wood energy project development to secure financing. Early phase project development proposals will not be competitive.

Preference will be given to proposals that bundle or address multiple wood energy projects. Proposals incorporating technologies that are not commercially proven will not be competitive under this category. Proposals that generate immediate and measurable on-the-ground results or stimulate immediate adoption of wood energy will be most competitive.

Grant Category 2 - Expansion of Wood Products Markets:

The intent of this category is to promote markets that create or expand the demand for non-energy based wood products.

Projects can include, but are not limited to:

1. Completing engineering designs, cost analyses, permitting, or other requirements for the final stages of commercial construction projects that use wood as a primary building material.

2. Developing training or performing outreach/communications about innovative wood construction (e.g., structural roundwood or cross-laminated timber).

3. Showcasing quantifiable environmental and economic benefits of using wood as a green 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. Developing manufacturing capacity and markets for wood products that support forest ecosystem restoration.

5. Establishing statewide wood utilization teams that focus on using wood in support of Forest Service Regional/Area priorities and State Forest Action Plans.

Preference will be given to projects that support commercial building markets or other markets that use innovative wood products. Demonstration projects and applied research will be considered. No basic or fundamental research projects will be considered.

1. Wood energy projects will not be considered under this category; wood energy projects must apply for funding under Category 1.
2. 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 we do not currently have to help answer a scientific theory.

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GrantWatch ID#: 164183

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Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 28

Estimated Size of Grant:

The award floor is $10,000.

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 fuels reduction in a timely manner.

Term of Contract:

Grants and cooperative agreements awarded under this announcement are typically awarded for 2 to 3 years. 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).

The WERC mission is to facilitate interaction and information exchange with the forest products industry to enhance opportunities for sustained forest products production in the eastern hardwood forest region of the United States.

More information about WERC’s region may be found here:

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:

Matching Requirements: Applicants must contribute at least 50% of the Forest Service requested funds. For every $2 of Federal funding requested, applicants must provide at least $1 in match. For example, if the requested Federal amount is $100,000, the applicant match must be at least $50,000.

The applicant’s match must come from non- Federal sources. The match may include cash or in-kind contributions. All matching funds must be directly related to the proposed project. Applicants must submit letters of support from third-party organizations confirming the amount of cash or in-kind services to be provided, up to the minimum required match.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with their respective Regional Coordinator to develop proposals, which should align with Forest Service Regional/Area priorities and State Forest Action Plans.

The application deadline is Monday, January 22, 2018, at 5:00 PM in the region you submit. Applications may be submitted by email only.

Important Dates:
-October 18, 2017: Issuance of Request for Proposals
-January 22, 2018: Proposal submission deadline
-April 15, 2018: Approximate date for the U.S. Forest Service to notify applicants of results
-July 1, 2018: Approximate date of award

Pre-Application Webcast from October 30, 2017:

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Contact Information:

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

For questions regarding this Request for Proposals or administrative regulations, contact the respective Forest Service Regional Coordinator listed below.

Forest Service Region 1 (Northern Region - MT, ND, Northern ID, & Northwestern SD):
ATTN: Julie Kies
U.S. Forest Service, Northern Region (R1)
Building 26 Fort Missoula Road
Missoula, MT 59807
(406) 329-3680

Forest Service Region 2 (Rocky Mountain Region - CO, KS, NE, SD, & WY):
ATTN: Jeanna Leurck
U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region (R2)
740 Simms St
Golden, CO 80401
(303) 275–5239

Forest Service Region 3 (Southwestern Region - AZ & NM):
ATTN: Buck Sanchez
U.S. Forest Service, Southwestern Region (R3)
333 Broadway Blvd, SE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
(505) 842-3498

Forest Service Region 4 (Intermountain Region - Southern ID, NV, UT, & Western WY):
ATTN: Julie Kies
U.S. Forest Service, Intermountain Region (R4)
Building 26
Fort Missoula Road
Missoula, MT 59807
(406) 329-3680

Forest Service Region 5 (Pacific Southwest Region - CA, HI, Guam, and Trust Territories of the Pacific Islands):
ATTN: Larry Swan
U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region (R5)
1323 Club Drive
Vallejo, CA 95492-1110
(707) 562-8917

Forest Service Region 6 (Pacific Northwest Region - OR & WA):
ATTN: Karl R. Dalla Rosa
U.S. Forest Service
Pacific Northwest Region (R6)
1220 SW 3rd Ave
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 808–2913

Forest Service Region 8 (Southern Region - AL, AR, DC, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, Virgin Islands, & Puerto Rico):
ATTN: Dan Len or Amadou Diop
U.S. Forest Service, Southern Region (R8)
1720 Peachtree Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 347-4034 / (404) 347-4569 /

Please note: Submit your application to Amadou Diop at

Forest Service Region 9 (Northeastern Area - CT, DE, IL, IN, IA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO,
NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, WV, WI):
ATTN: Lew McCreery
U.S. Forest Service, Northeastern Area
State & Private Forestry
180 Canfield St
Morgantown, WV 26505
(304) 285–1538

Forest Service Region 10 (Alaska Region - AK)
ATTN: Daniel Parrent
U.S. Forest Service, Alaska Region (R10)
161 East 1st Avenue, Door 8
Anchorage, AK 99501
(907) 743–9467

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USA: Alabama;   Arkansas;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Nebraska;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin