Rural Development, Forestry, and Communities

To help rural areas analyze and assess forest resource opportunities, maximize local economic potential through market development and expansion, and diversify communities' economic base.

Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
State Lands And Investments, Wyoming Office Of $ 303,311   2015-06-292021-03-31
Board Of Regents Of The University Of Nebraska $ 431,970   2015-07-092020-07-09
Colorado State University $ 581,130   2015-07-082020-06-30
Public Safety, South Dakota Department Of $ 0   2015-07-082019-09-30
Eureka Conservation District $ 0   2015-05-282018-09-30
Natural Resources & Conservation, Montana Dept Of $ 191,500   2011-08-252016-08-25
Public Safety, South Dakota Department Of $ 1,002,245   2011-08-232016-08-23
Nevada System Of Higher Education $ 298,783   2011-06-062016-06-16
Klamath Community Development Corporation $ 179,321   2011-09-262015-12-31
Board Of Regents Of The University Of Nebraska $ 220,000   2011-08-252015-08-31

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funding may be allocated for such things as technical assistance, training and education, equipment, marketing, and all costs associated with making these services available to tribal nations, State and Federal agencies, State Foresters, local governments, not-for-profit organizations, and others who are extending services to rural communities.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Tribal nations, State and Federal agencies, State Foresters, local governments, not-for-profit organizations, and others working in support of community identified goals.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Tribal nations, State and Federal agencies, State Foresters, local governments, not-for-profit organizations, and others. Forest Service Regions/Areas/Institutes are encouraged to further define program policies that focus resources to meet the regional, State and local needs of communities.


Assistance is in response to a community or a group of communities' request for assistance in identifying opportunities and implementing action that will promote natural resource-based economic diversification and opportunities, technology transfer, market development and/or expansion. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Application procedure depends on annual Congressional direction.

Award Procedures

Established by the Regional Office in support of an overall regional strategic plan.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Executive Order Requires Annual Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations direction to implement.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.


SF-424(A) with SF-424 application is required to amend the awarded amount or length of commitment. Other requirements may be established by the Regional Office.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program has no matching requirements- The Federal contribution to the overall implementation of a planned project may have a matching requirement, but that match is negotiated. No statutory match unless assigned by congress through annual appropriation direction. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Financial assistance may be a combination of different interests that seek to support planned action by the community or a group of communities to diversify the local economy and to improve its social, economic, and environmental well being. Limitation on length of funded projects will be established at the Forest Service administrative unit (generally, will not exceed 5 years). See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Determined based on agreement and authority.

Post Assistance Requirements


Periodic and final reports are required- no more than quarterly and no less than annually.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Periodic and final reports are required- no more than quarterly and no less than annually.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


State and other generally accepted accounting systems can be used if control procedures allow for proper audit and reconciliation. All grantees must maintain adequate systems for collecting and recording statistical data.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants (Special)) FY 16 $0; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Legislative history found in Senate and Conference reports 1988, 1989, and 1990 and Forest Service revised guidelines (May 2000).

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Steve Marshall 201 14th St. SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20024 Phone: 202-205-1380

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Regional/Area/Institute administrative units are given the flexibility to make funding decisions based on their specific community and regional priorities documented in a regional strategy for their respective administrative areas. These overall strategies are identified through input by States, tribal nations, local agencies and organizations.

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