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Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and Tribes for
Activities to Conserve Forested Areas

Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program - Community Forest Program (CFP)

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Forest Service

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01/10/22 Receipt


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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, local government agencies, and tribes for activities to conserve forestlands. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Funding is intended to support projects involving private forests under threat of conversion to non-forest purposes, which offer recreational opportunities and public access, protect wildlife habitat and water supplies, serve as demonstration sites for private forest landowners, and provide economic benefits from timber and non-timber products.

The Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program (Community Forest Program) of the Forest Service offers a unique opportunity for communities to acquire and conserve forests that provide public access and recreational opportunities, protect vital water supplies and wildlife habitat, serve as demonstration sites for private forest landowners, and provide economic benefits from timber and non-timber products.

Program Basics:

  •  Full fee title acquisition is required. Conservation easements are not eligible.
  •  Community Forests can be owned by local governments, tribal governments, and qualified nonprofit entities.
  •  Public access is required for Community Forest Program projects.
  •  Lands acquired through the program are actively managed in accordance with a community forest plan to provide community benefits.

Eligible lands for grants funded under this program are private forest that are at least five acres in size, suitable to sustain natural vegetation, and at least 75 percent forested. The lands must also be threatened by conversion to non-forest uses, must not be held in trust by the United States on behalf of any Indian Tribe, must not be Tribal allotment lands, must be offered for sale by a willing seller, and if acquired by an eligible entity, must provide defined community benefits under CFP and allow public access.

Technical assistance funds, totaling not more than 10 percent of all funds, may be allocated to State Foresters and equivalent officials of the Indian tribe. Technical assistance, if provided, will be awarded at the time of the grant. Applicants shall work with State Foresters and equivalent officials of the Indian Tribe to determine technical assistance needs and include the technical assistance request in the project budget.

For eligible costs, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177342

Estimated Size of Grant:

Individual grant applications may not exceed $600,000, which does not include technical assistance requests.

Term of Contract:

The initial grant period shall be for two years, and acquisition of lands should occur within that timeframe.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants. A local governmental entity, Indian Tribe (including Alaska Native Corporations), or a qualified nonprofit organization that is qualified to acquire and manage land. Individuals are not eligible to receive funds through this program.

Community Forest Program Eligible Entities include:
- Local governments: Any municipal government, county government, or other local government with jurisdiction over local land use decisions.
- Indian Tribes: Federally recognized Indian tribes and Alaska Native Corporations, as defined by Section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (U.S.C. 450b).
- Qualified nonprofit organizations: Consistent with Section 170(h) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and existing primarily for one or more of the following conservation purposes:
(1) The preservation of land areas for outdoor recreation by, or for the education of, the general public,
(2) The protection of a relatively natural habitat of fish, wildlife, or plants, or similar ecosystem,
(3) The preservation of open space (including farmland and forest land) where such preservation is for the scenic enjoyment of the general public, or
(4) The preservation of a historically important land area or certified historic structure

For land eligibility, see:

For ineligible costs, see:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due to State Foresters or equivalent Tribal officials by January 10, 2022.

State Foresters or Tribal government officials must forward applications to the appropriate Forest Service Regional office or International Institute of Tropical Forestry by February 7th, 2022.

All local government and qualified nonprofit organization applications must be submitted to the State Forester of the State where the property is located. All Tribal applications must be submitted to the equivalent Tribal government official. Applicants are encouraged to contact and work with the Forest Service Region or International Institute of Tropical Forestry, and State Forester or equivalent Tribal government official when developing their proposal.

Applicants must consult with the State Forester and equivalent Tribal government official prior to requesting technical assistance for a project.

Cost Sharing (Matching Requirement). All applicants must demonstrate a 50 percent match of the total project cost. The match can include cash, in-kind services, or donations, which shall be from a non-Federal source. For additional information, please see § 230.6 of the final rule.

DUNS Number. All applicants shall include a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number in their application. For this requirement, the applicant is the entity that meets the eligibility criteria and has the legal authority to apply for and receive the grant. For assistance in obtaining a DUNS number at no cost, call the DUNS number request line 1-866-705-5711 or register on-line at​webform.

System for Award Management. All prospective awardees shall be registered in the System for Award Management prior to award, during performance, and through final payment of any grant resulting from this solicitation. Further information can be found at:​SAM/​. For assistance, contact the Federal Service Desk 1-866-606-8220.

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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.

National Contact:
Scott Stewart
Forest Legacy Program Manager & Community Forest Program Manager
(202) 205-1618

Email questions or comments to All applicants must also send an email to this address to confirm an application has been submitted for funding consideration.

If you are interested in applying, contact your CFP Regional Contact at

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