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

Wood Innovations Grants Program

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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

Conf. Date:

11/09/21

Deadline Date:

01/19/22 5:00 PM in the applicant's region of submission

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, for-profits, government agencies, Tribal governments, IHEs, and school districts in eligible states and territories to broaden the wood product and energy industrial markets. Applicants are advised that required registrations must be completed prior to applying. 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.

The following states are eligible to apply for Statewide Wood Energy Team funding: All States except AK, AZ, CA, CO, ID, KY, MA, ME, MD, MI, MN, MT, NC, 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.

The following states are eligible to apply for  Statewide Wood Utilization Team funding: All States except for AL, AZ, AR, CO, HI, MI, MN, MS, MT, NC, NM, NY, OR, PR, SC, VA, and WI. The States listed have already received funding to establish a Statewide Wood Utilization Team.

Executive Order 13985: “Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government”: Applications that can show a clear benefit to underserved/historically marginalized people and the communities where they reside or the forest areas that they value are encouraged.

The intent of the Wood Innovations funding opportunity is to stimulate, expand, and support U.S. wood products markets and wood energy markets to support the long-term management of National Forest System and other forest lands.

Projects can include, but are not limited to:

  • Completing requirements, such as architectural and engineering designs, cost analyses, and permitting necessary for 1) commercial construction projects that use wood as a primary building material, and/or 2) wood energy project development to secure financing. Early phase project development proposals and feasibility studies will not be competitive.
  • Establishing or increasing wood products manufacturing capacity and/or markets that support forest ecosystem restoration
  • Showcasing quantifiable environmental and economic benefits of using wood as a sustainable building material in a constructed commercial building to increase acceptance and encourage growth in the construction industry.
  • Establishing statewide wood utilization teams or statewide wood energy teams. Only proposals from States without an existing or former team will be considered. Identification of currently and previously funded statewide teams can be done at Section VIII.A (Questions) of this document.
  • Developing a cluster of wood energy projects in a geographic area or specific sector; or installing a wood energy system at a facility (e.g., prisons, hospitals, universities, manufacturing, or industrial sector) that will use forest woody biomass or forest products manufacturing residues.
  • Developing commercial woody biomass and wood product utilization industrial parks.
  • Overcoming market barriers and stimulating expansion of wood energy in the institutional, commercial, or industrial sectors.
  • Implementing applied research projects that engage with or involve industry partners to resolve gaps in practical knowledge that can lead to readily applied and near-termadvances in the wood products or wood energy market.
  • Purchase stationary wood energy equipment to create markets to support forest management. 

Preference will be given to proposals that:

  • Create or expand markets for wood and biomass generated by forest health and hazardous fuels reduction projects on National Forest System and other U.S. forested lands.
  • Support development of domestically sourced timber and U.S. manufacturing of mass timber and other wood products.
  • Involve wood products or wood industry partners.
  • Support commercial building markets or other markets that use innovative wood products.
  • Bundle or address multiple wood energy or wood products projects.
  • Commit to utilizing domestically sourced timber for mass timber construction projects.
  • Support, benefit, or engage communities that are historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by persistent poverty or inequality (pursuant to Executive Order 13985, Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government).

Note:

  • Proposals incorporating commercially proven technologies will be competitive.
  • Construction and equipment purchases will NOT be funded under this funding opportunity with one exception: Stationary wood energy equipment is the only equipment purchase eligible for grant funds; however, wood energy equipment is subject to the regulations at 2 CFR § 200.310, 2 CFR § 200.313, and 2 CFR § 200.316.
  • Basic research will not be considered. Applied research and demonstrations projects will be considered.
  • Projects must provide a preference for the purchase, acquisition, or use of goods, products, or materials produced in the United States pursuant to 2 CFR § 200.322.
  • Expenses for self-marketing or self-promotion are not eligible expenses (e.g., company brochures, business cards, display materials, web sites, other electronic media, etc.).
  • 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164183

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$8,000,000

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 demonstrates the ability to have a significant and sizeable impact on wood product or energy markets.

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, not to exceed 5 years.

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).

Funding Restrictions:
Construction and equipment purchases will NOT be funded under this funding opportunity with one exception: Stationary wood energy equipment is the only equipment purchase eligible for grant funds; however, wood energy equipment is subject to the regulations at 2 CFR § 200.310, 2 CFR § 200.313, and 2 CFR § 200.316. Basic research will not be considered. Applied research and demonstrations projects will be considered. Expenses for self-marketing or self-promotion are not eligible expenses (e.g., company brochures, business cards, display materials, web sites, other electronic media, etc.).

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.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Forest Service will hold an informational Pre-Application Webinar on this and another related grant opportunity on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time to provide information and answer questions. The link is https://usfs.adobeconnect.com/wood-innovations/. For audio, dial in by phone: 888-844-9904; use access code 9780832. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 800-877-8339, 24 hours a day, every day of the year, including holidays. https://www.federalrelay.us/tty/

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 5:00 p.m. local time, in the Forest Service Region where you are to submit your application.

The agency anticipates announcing final selections in May 2022 and to execute awards in August 2022.

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

Applicants must obtain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet at https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform/. In addition, the applicant must be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM), which is located at https://sam.gov/content/home. Additionally, your agency must have attained an active registration prior to the final selection and announcements of grant awards on or about May 1, 2022 to be eligible for an award. There is no charge for registration. Active registration must be maintained throughout the life of the award. Note: The approval process for a new or renewal SAM’s registration can take several months.

For a checklist of administrative and national policy requirements, see page 9 of the Instructions, in Supporting Documents, below.

Applicants must contribute matching funds equal to at least 100% of the Forest Service requested funds. This means for every $1 of Federal funding requested applicants must provide at least $1 in match.

An applicant can submit multiple applications.

FY22 Pre-Application Webcast Recording: https://usfs.adobeconnect.com/pvs7p70t1cp4/

Contact Information:

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

E-mail submittal of Part 1 (includes appendices) and Part 2 (forms) at one time to the Forest Service Regional Coordinator.

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 Northern Region (Region 1) MT, ND, Northern ID, & Northwestern SD
ATTN: Julie Kies
Building 26 Fort Missoula Road
Missoula, MT 59807
julie.kies@usda.gov
(406) 370-3297

Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region (Region 2) CO, KS, NE, SD, & WY
ATTN: Laura Wolf
1617 Cole Boulevard, Building 17
Lakewood, CO 80401-3305
laura.wolf@usda.gov
(720) 830-6407

Forest Service Southwestern Region (Region 3) AZ & NM
ATTN: Marc Estrada
333 Broadway Boulevard, SE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
marc.estrada@usda.gov
(505) 842-3423

Forest Service Intermountain Region (Region 4) Southern ID, NV, UT, & Western WY
ATTN: Julie Kies
Building 26 Fort Missoula Road
Missoula, MT 59804
julie.kies@usda.gov
(406) 370-3297

Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region (Region 5) CA, HI, Guam, and Trust Territories of the Pacific Islands
ATTN: Larry Swan
1323 Club Drive
Vallejo, CA 95492-1110
larry.swan@usda.gov
(541) 891-7752

Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region(Region 6) OR & WA
ATTN: Jim Archuleta
1220 SW 3rd Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
SM.FS.spfr6-wig@usda.gov
(503) 680-6870

Forest Service Southern Region(Region 8) AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, Virgin Islands, & Puerto Rico
ATTN: Marcus Taylor
5162 Valleypointe Parkway
Roanoke, VA 24019
marcus.taylor@usda.gov
(540) 553-5476

Forest Service Eastern Region(Region 9)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 Alaska Region(Region 10) AK
ATTN: Priscilla Morris
161 East 1st Avenue, Door 8
Anchorage, AK 99501
priscilla.morris@usda.gov
(907) 743–9467

Grant Coverage Areas:

See this map for current Statewide Wood Energy Teams): https://www.fs.usda.gov/sites/default/files/SWET-SWUT-Map.pdf

See this map for current Statewide Utilization Energy Team: https://www.fs.usda.gov/sites/default/files/SWET-SWUT-Map.pdf

CFDA Number:

10.674

Funding or Pin Number:

USDA-FS-WOOD-INNOVATIONS-2022

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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