Posted: November 6, 2020

Applications due Feb 3, 2021

The U.S. Forest Service (Forest Service) requests proposals for projects to install a thermally led community wood energy system or build an innovative wood product facility. The grants awarded under this announcement are authorized by the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (7 U.S. Code § 8113) and intended to support forest health and stimulate local economies by expanding renewable wood energy use and innovative wood products manufacturing capacity.  

The Forest Service solicits proposals for projects that will achieve the following:

  1. Expand thermally led community wood energy or innovative wood product opportunities
  2. Improve forest health; and
  3. Stimulate local economies.

This funding opportunity is intended for shovel ready projects that will not require additional funding or time to complete after the award period.

Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

  1. Install a thermally led community wood energy system for heating, cooling, and/or electricity that replaces fossil fuels such as coal, oil, propane, or natural gas. 
  2. Purchase and install manufacturing equipment at a mass timber production facility.
  3. Expand a sawmill to add higher value production lines that incorporate innovative technologies and cost cutting measures.
  4. Purchase and install equipment at a new facility to produce renewable natural gas or other biofuels from forest residues.

See full solicitation here

Office of Grants and Contracts


107 Ag Administration Building
University Park, PA 16802