The US Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service has announced (1-31-23) that it has begun accepting applications for the Wood Innovations Grant and Community Wood Grant programs. Totaling $41 million, the grant programs are intended to spark innovations and create new markets for wood products and renewable energy.
In a press release, the Forest Service said that applications should show a clear benefit to underserved or historically marginalized people, communities, and the forests they value. For-profit entities, state and local governments, Indian Tribes, school districts, non-profit organizations, higher education institutions, public utilities, and fire and conservation districts are eligible to apply.
Funding for the grant programs is made possible in part by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act. These grants are intended to expand wood product use and strengthen emerging wood energy markets, while supporting sustainable forest management—particularly in areas of high wildfire risk.
The application deadline for both grant programs is March 23, 2023.