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USDA Forest Service & National Association of State Foresters (NASF)
2021 State Urban Forest Resilience Grant Program

Online Grant Portal

Request for Proposals:

Application Deadline: April 19th, 2021 11:59 PM
Note
The application period is currently closed.

Welcome to the Online Grant Application Portal for the USDA Forest Service & National Association of State Foresters (NASF) State Urban Forest Resilience Grant Program (SUFR)

Please note the application submission deadline has been extended to April 19th, 2021 11:59PM Eastern.

The USDA Forest Service Urban & Community Forestry (U&CF) Program restores, sustains, and manages more than 140 million acres of urban and community forest lands for the benefit of communities in the United States. Healthy urban & community forests are essential to the economic, environmental, physical and mental well-being of our population. Proposals are encouraged that complement existing regional and national initiatives, such as Trillion Trees, Healthy Trees, Healthy Lives, and responds to the Administration’s goals around social justice and climate adaptation. Resources and mapping tools are included in the application portal to inform disparities to urban communities and landscapes. Increasingly, our urban and community forests are facing threats such as insects, diseases, extreme weather events and other hazards. Proposals should align with State Urban Forest Action Plans.

Proposals can include up to 20 percent of project cost for administrative costs, final determination will be made by Forest Service and NASF SUFR review panel. An applicant may apply to both categories but will only receive up to one award per organization.

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To begin your grant application, click the Apply Online link in the menu bar above.  The Grant Portal's online application process utilizes workflow based web-form and document upload processes that allow you to apply and submit your application online.

Grant Categories:

(1)   Emerald Ash Borer Urban Forestry Reforestation Projects -- $2,000,000

Proposals should address the critical need to restore and improve urban forests due to catastrophic losses from Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), while building resiliency through reforestation, tree planting in urban communities where trees are critical to human health and to reducing the impact of climate change. Urban forests affected by EAB can be found at the Emerald Ash Borer Information Network.

FY 2021 Congressional Directive-- Emerald Ash Borer Urban Reforestation--HR 116‐448: Of the funds provided within Urban and Community Forestry the Committee directs an additional $2,000,000 to be used for reforestation, to include tree planting, in urban communities most severely impacted by the Emerald Ash Borer. This funding is to be in addition to funds otherwise provided to regions for the Urban and Community Forestry program.

(2)   Other State Urban Forest Resilience Projects -- $500,000

Proposals should address the management of our existing and future urban and community forests—urban forests resilient to impacts of invasive pathogens, pests and environmental stressors. There is an urgent need to restore and improve urban forests by building community resilience, with a focus on equity, environmental justice, climate change and public health initiatives.

Projects that involve planting trees should account for tree establishment and maintenance over the span of the project in their proposals and budgets as appropriate. To the extent possible, planting activities should align and advance urban forest master plans or other cohesive urban forestry-related plans.

Additional Information

Proposals must meet the Urban and Community Forestry Program Authorities as designated by Congress in the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act, (Section 9 PDF, pp. 19-24) State & Private Cooperative Forestry Handbook of Programs and align with the National Ten Year Urban and Community Forestry Action Plan (2016-2026).

• All applicants are to contact their Forest Service Regional Coordinators before applying to provide program guidance and address any program questions.  Please click on the link to find your Forest Service Urban Regional Forestry Program Manager.

An applicant organization may apply to both categories but will only receive up to one award per organization.Eligibility Requirements: State forestry agencies are eligible to submit proposals for projects on non-federal public lands, only.

Proposal Narrative: Submit up to a 3-page project narrative describing the project scope and alignment with Congressional priorities described above, document project partners and their roles, and attach supporting materials (i.e. equity maps, canopy data, inventories, UF master/management plans).  Use the Proposal Narrative Template as the starting point for your narrative.

Proposal Budget: A detailed budget reflecting budget items by object class, match type and source is required. Administrative assistance requires 1:1 match and should not exceed 20 percent of project cost, final assistance funds to be determined by FS and NASF SUFR Review Panel.  Use the Budget Narrative Template to detail your budget proposal.

Reporting Requirements: Initial progress report demonstrating measurable progress will be required within 6-months of award. At project completion, recipients will be expected to submit a final report describing the project outcomes and any deliverables for congressional directive reporting requirement.

Available Funding:

  • $2,000,000 available for Emerald Ash Borer Urban Forest Reforestation Proposals. Awards will  range from $50,000 - $250,000.
  • $500,000 available for Other State Urban Forest Resilience Proposals. Awards will range from $50,000 - $100,000.
Matching Requirements: All grant funds MUST be matched at least equally, dollar for dollar. Non-federal match may include in-kind donations, volunteer assistance, and private and public (non-federal) monetary contributions. While other Federal dollars or technical support may contribute to the project, they may not be used to match the Urban and Community Federal grant program dollars.

• Resources and Tools


• Evaluation Criteria: (Possible 100 points)
See the Proposal Evaluation Criteria Reference for details.

a.  Significance of Problem - Science & Social (30 points)
b.  Proposed Approach (25 points)
c.  Institutional Capability & Capacity Building (20 points)
d.  Key Personnel (15 points)
e.  Budget & Cost-Effectiveness (10 points)


• Budget Template


Apply Online / Update Your Online Application

The online application process steps you through the application workflow processes allowing you to complete online web-forms and upload required .pdf documents* so that your entire application package is submitted online.

Apply online now or continue/edit your previously started application.

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Application Deadline

All proposals must be received by received by April 16, 2021 11:59 PM Eastern. Proposals must be submitted using the Online Grant Portal at https://sufrgrants2021.urbanandcommunityforests.org.  Once your application is successfully submitted online via the Online Grant Portal, you will receive an email confirmation.

Online Application Instructions

To begin your online application, you'll need to enter your name and email address along with the project title and the grant category for which you are applying. For added security, you will also be required to setup a secret question and answer.

Once you complete this information, you will be sent an email with a unique online grant application tracking-id that you will need to access your online application.

Each time you access your online application, you'll need your email address, the answer to your secret question and your tracking-id to gain access.

To enter and upload the required application information, you'll follow the workflow process presented when you access your application. The final step to the workflow process is the application submission step. You should carefully review your online application before submitting. Once successfully submitted, you will receive an email with a time stamp confirming your submission. This email is your receipt for timely submission.

You will be notified by email during each of the following steps taken by the grant program review committee:

  • application received
  • application accepted for review or rejected and reason why
  • written responses requested
  • grant awarded

* NOTE: Files and documents uploaded to the Grant Portal MUST be Adobe Acrobat .pdf formatted files.  For more information, please read our FAQ section.

For Additional Grant Program Information or Grant Portal Help:

For grant program assistance and questions, contact:

USDA Forest Service Contact:
Quin Holifield
National Urban and Community Forestry Specialist
quintaniay.holifield@usda.gov

NASF Urban Committee Contact:
Keith Wood
National Association of State Foresters, UCF Committee
Keith.Wood750@gmail.com


For technical assistance with the Grant Portal, contact:

Darryl Outlaw or Daniel Drummond
University of Georgia IT Support
Athens, GA
Phone: 706.224.1685 (cell)
email: contact@sref.info <-- primary contact method

 

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