Sign-up for our email newsletter and stay connected.
- Our Forests
- Who We Are
- Regional Programs
- Get Involved
The Innovative Finance for National Forests (IFNF) grant program supports the development and implementation of innovative finance models that leverage private and public capital other than US Forest Service (USFS) appropriations to support the resilience of the National Forest System (NFS).
The IFNF grant program seeks to:
IFNF grants could, but are not limited to, support of innovative finance models that:
UPDATE April 26, 2021
A second round of IFNF grant funding will be issued through a competitive grant process. The IFNF grant program seeks to fund innovative projects that might offer completely new ideas, new applications of approaches used in other sectors, or new applications of models used for land management to the National Forest System context.
This round of grant funding will support projects across three focal areas that represent major Forest Service challenges:
Across these focus areas, IFNF provides funding for three types of projects:
Project activities may take place on a National Forest, on adjacent state, private or tribal lands, or across boundaries as long as project outcomes contribute to the health of Forest Service ownership. IFNF grants support the design and execution of innovative finance models that show potential to address land management challenges at scale; the program does not support implementation of on-the-ground project activities.
IFNF Proposal Application Form: The application form is hosted on the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities online portal. The application form and all attachments should be submitted via the portal. The online application form will be available in the online portal on May 3rd.
The Conservation Finance Opportunities Map, developed by the USFS National Partnerships Office (NPO) and Geospatial Technology and Applications Center identifies landscapes with National Forest System properties that have demonstrated needs, are a Forest Service priority, and possess initial readiness conditions for conservation finance. In two tabs, it presents an index of conservation finance opportunity around watershed enhancement and recreation infrastructure improvements. In another tab, it collects existing data layers to enable user-directed exploration. The map is presented using a story map to frame the ‘why’ and ‘how’ behind the project.
The Conservation Finance Opportunities Map is intended as a tool to help USFS and partner organizations to:
The IFNF grant program is funded by the USDA Forest Service (USFS) National Partnership Office (NPO) and U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment). Additional administrative and technical support is provided by the National Forest Foundation (NFF). Interested parties are encouraged to contact one of the representatives below to discuss ideas or opportunities.