National Forest Foundation

Innovative Finance for National Forests Grant Program

Program Update

UPDATE October 22, 2019 - 45 Preproposals have been received!

Preproposal review is underway. Applicants can expect to be contacted over the next 5-6 weeks.

Preproposal applicants will be notified no later than January 17, 2020, regarding an invitation to submit a full proposal.

We are no longer accepting Preproposals for this rounds of the program.

Program Summary

The Innovative Finance for National Forests (IFNF) is a grant program for local communities and stakeholders looking for new ways of funding healthy forests, project developers who can help connect investment capital to forested landscapes, and Forest Service managers and collaborators with projects that are ripe for private investment capital.

Innovative Finance for National Forests program success is developing, refining, or scaling tools, templates, and approaches that direct private investment capital to improve the health of the National Forest System through projects that deliver environmental and social outcomes and financial returns. Project activities may take place on the National Forest System, on adjacent state, private or tribal lands, or across boundaries provided outcomes of project activities contribute to the health of Forest Service ownership.

The IFNF grant program is a new approach. It provides grants to engage investment capital, to complement existing philanthropic and public resources, to meet National Forest System needs and the mission of the USDA Forest Service. It is funded by and administered by the USDA Forest Service (USFS) National Partnership Office (NPO), National Forest Foundation (NFF), and U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment).

The IFNF grant program welcomes both fully-developed concepts and discussion/joint development of nascent ideas. Many concepts may require significant input and support. Innovative Finance for National Forests program contacts are available to connect finance, land management, and Forest Service colleagues and to assist with concept development.

Webinars

Join us to learn more about the Innovative Finance for National Forests program through two webinars hosted by the National Forest Foundation.

These are open to interested applicants and Forest Service colleagues. There is no need to register. Please join by phone 1-800-576-6614 and online at http://nationalforestfoundation.adobeconnect.com/join/.

Webinar Dates:

RFP + Application

Timeframe

Current timeframes are below.

  • Program Announcement: week of September 9th
  • Webinar 1: 9/26/19
  • Webinar 2: 10/1/19
  • Pre-proposal concepts due: 10/21/19
  • Feedback and Coaching: September through February
  • Invitations to submit full proposals: 1/17/20
  • Full Proposal Submissions due: 2/18/20
  • Award Notification: Early April


Additional Resources

Program Contacts

Interested parties are encouraged to contact one of the below to discuss ideas or opportunities.