USDA Forest Service Competitive Allocation Grant

National State and Private Forestry Redesign Themes and Objectives:

  • Conserve and manage working forest landscapes for multiple values and uses.
  • Protect forests from threats.
  • Enhance public benefits from trees and forests.

About this funding opportunity:

  • State and local governments and non-profit entities are eligible to apply for funds. All work must be conducted on non-federal land. Work done on both non-federal public land and private land is eligible (as long as the public benefit is clearly articulated).
  • Applicants must provide a 50/50 fund match. Match eligibility This link leads to an external site.information.
  • This is a US Forest Service State and Private Forestry led opportunity. Funds come from the US Forest Service and are received by state forestry agencies, including pass-through grants awarded to third-parties. Only State Forestry agencies (in Minnesota this is the Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry) are eligible to submit proposals (including pass-through direct to third-parties) for consideration under this competitive grant process. The State Forester makes the final decision on what proposals will be submitted. The Minnesota DNR Division of Forestry conducts a process to assure proposals meet our standards for quality and are aligned with state forest action plan goals in Minnesota. Then, satisfactory proposals are given concurrence letters and forwarded to the US Forest Service. The US Forest Service conducts evaluation of proposals, and determines which proposals are awarded funds.
  • Funds available through this competitive grant process can only be spent on projects conducted on nonfederal lands.
  • Projects may span up to three years.
  • Project goals must address and be clearly linked to resource objectives and/or priorities in the State Forest Action Plan (formerly called the Minnesota Forest Resource Strategies document) by referencing the state plan page, section, or strategy number(s) and articulate how they contribute to the desired future forest condition therein. For multistate projects, the proposal needs to link to the Forest Strategies document of each state involved.
  • Project goals must be clearly linked to one or more of the national State and Private Forestry priorities: 1) conserve and manage working forest landscapes for multiple values and uses, 2) protect forests from threats, and 3) enhance public benefits from trees and forests. They should also be linked to other national or regional priorities as set out in the planning documents available on the FY2015 Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry (S&PF) Landscape Scale Restoration Request for Proposals website. This link leads to an external site.
  • Because this is a state and federal cooperative process, please follow the instructions for application on the US Forest Service website. This link leads to an external site.

For Questions Contact:

Amber Ellering
Forestry Analyst
Minnesota DNR Division of Forestry
500 Lafayette Rd
St. Paul, MN 55155-4044
Phone: 651-259-5904
Fax: (651) 296-5954
email: amber.ellering@state.mn.us