Community Wood Energy and Wood Innovation Program

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Funding Opportunity ID:329495
Opportunity Number:USDA-FS-COMMUNITY-WOOD-2021
Opportunity Title:Community Wood Energy and Wood Innovation Program
Opportunity Category:Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type:Grant
Category of Funding Activity:Natural Resources
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s):10.708
Eligible Applicants:Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility:Eligible applicants are non-profits; local, state, and tribal governments; businesses, companies, corporations (for profit); institutions of higher education; and special purpose districts (public utility districts, fire districts, conservation districts, school districts, and ports.)
Agency Code:USDA-FS
Agency Name:Department of Agriculture
Forest Service
Posted Date:Oct 20, 2020
Close Date:Feb 03, 2021
Last Updated Date:Oct 19, 2020
Award Ceiling:$1,000,000
Award Floor:$10,000
Estimated Total Program Funding:$5,000,000
Expected Number of Awards:
Description: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: Expand thermally led community wood energy or innovative wood product opportunities Improve forest health; and 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: 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. Purchase and install manufacturing equipment at a mass timber production facility. Expand a sawmill to add higher value production lines that incorporate innovative technologies and cost cutting measures. Purchase and install equipment at a new facility to produce renewable natural gas or other biofuels from forest residues. All awards are based on funding availability. The Forest Service plans to award approximately $5 million in total awards under this announcement. The maximum for each award is $1 million to pay for up to 35% of total capital costs. The Forest Service may consider awarding up to $1.5 million (for up to 50% of total capital costs) for a proposal that warrants special consideration, especially for projects located in areas of high unemployment. Matching funds are not required; however leveraging is required. Applicants must contribute the remaining funds (leveraged funds) necessary to complete the project above and beyond the requested Forest Service funding. For example, if an applicant requests Forest Service funding for 35% of the total capital costs of the project, then the applicant must commit to providing 65% of the total capital costs of the project. In this example, the 65% of the total capital costs are considered the required leveraged funds. Even though leveraged funds have a lower reporting burden and fewer legal requirements than matching funds, applicants must adhere to requirements for leveraged funds. Leveraged funds must be from non-federal sources and be committed within the grant timeframe. Moreover, if third-party organizations contribute to the leveraged funds requirement, then applicants must submit with their proposal package commitment letters from the third-party organizations confirming the amount of leveraging being committed. The Forest Service will hold an informational pre-application webinar on this and another related grant opportunity on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time to provide information and answer questions. The webinar can be accessed at: https://usfs.adobeconnect.com/wood-innovations/. To call in by phone, dial: 888-844-9904 and use access code 9780832. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339, 24 hours a day, every day of the year, including holidays. https://www.federalrelay.us/tty
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