Urban and Community Forestry Program

To plan for, establish, manage and protect trees, forests, green spaces and related natural resources in and adjacent to cities and towns.

The urban and community forestry program provides ecosystem services, social and economic benefits.

It links these benefits to governmental, private
and grassroots organizations and resources to improve the quality of life in these cities and towns.

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.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

For Forest Service, State and Private Forestry office addresses and telephone numbers.

Visit: http://www.fs.fed.us/ucf/contact_regional.shtml.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Casey Trees Endowment Fund $ 129,680   2017-09-112021-08-31
National Arbor Day Foundation $ 450,000   2021-06-30
Natural Resources, Wisconsin Dept Of $ 256,000   2018-08-212021-06-30
Pennsylvania State University, The $ 399,667   2017-08-082021-06-30
New Jersey Tree Foundation, Inc $ 150,000   2017-09-142021-06-30
Alabama Forestry Commission $ 240,000   2018-08-032021-06-30
Baltimore, City Of $ 100,000   2017-04-172021-06-30
Pennsylvania Urban And Community Forestry Council $ 22,553   2017-08-082021-06-30
Center For Watershed Protection, Inc $ 15,000   2017-08-292021-06-30
Natural Resources, Minnesota Department Of $ 190,762   2018-02-262020-12-31



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

To assist State Foresters, equivalent State agencies, Tribal nations, interested members of the public and private non-profit organizations in urban and community forestry programs in cities and communities. 070a.

National Urban & Community Forestry Challenge Grant Program: Provides a national competitive urban and community forestry challenge cost share grant program to assist urban and community forestry efforts across the country and address strategic urban forestry-related issues and opportunities as identified by the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council.

Approximately $1,000,000 of total annual appropriations is set aside to support activities under the national competitive challenge cost share grant program.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State Foresters or equivalent State agencies, Tribal nations, interested members of the public, private non-profit organizations and others.

All States, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa and Guam, and other territories and possessions of the United States are eligible.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State Foresters or equivalent State agencies, local governments, tribes, and non-profit organizations, and other State, local and private agencies acting through State Foresters, equivalent State agencies or other official representatives as agreed by the State Forester, equivalent State agency, and the Secretary. (082a) Projects are to be national or multi-state in scope and benefit the nation as a whole or a multi-state region. Results are to benefit, but not limited to, State Foresters or equivalent State agencies, local governments, Tribal Nations, applicable non-profit organizations, and other State, local, and applicable private agencies.

Credentials/Documentation

No credentials are required. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Area/Station/IITF offices provide states and territories with program funding advice each year.

091a: The national competitive challenge cost share grant program.

A Request for Proposals (RFP) is advertised with the criteria and eligibility.

The RFP is available in hard copy, is published in the Federal Register and is posted to: http://www.fs.fed.us/ucf/nucfac.shtml.

An electronic mailing list is also maintained by the Washington Office Headquarters Staff.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. States and other eligible applicants prepare grant proposal narratives for submittal to Regional and Area Offices, accompanied by Form SF-424, SF-424(a) and SF-424(b) and other forms furnished by the Federal agency. Contact Regional, Area or Institute Office listed in http://www.fs.fed.us/ucf/contact_regional.shtml 092a: For the national competitive challenge cost share grant program. 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. States and other eligible applicants prepare grant proposal narratives for submittal to www.grants.gov or via electronic means or hardcopy to the Forest Service contact person noted on the RFP, accompanied by Form SF-424, SF-424(a) and SF-424(b) and other forms furnished by the Federal agency and required by the OMB Circulars.

Award Procedures

Established by the Washington, Regional, Area and Institute offices. http://www.fs.fed.us/ucf/contact_regional.shtml 093a: The national competitive challenge cost share grant program award procedures are established by the Washington Office and USDA.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978, Title 16, Part 2105, Section 9, Public Law 95-313, 92 Stat. 365.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Established by the Washington, Regional, Area, and Institute offices. http://www.fs.fed.us/ucf/contact_regional.shtml. Range of Approval/Disapproval varies between Forest Service offices depending on availability of funding. 095a: The national competitive challenge cost share grant program range of approval/disapproval varies between Forest Service Washington Office and Department of Agriculture and on the availability of funding.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Amended SF-424 (a) with SF 424 application is required to amend the allotment amount or length of commitment, other requirements may be established by the Washington, Regional, Area or Institute offices.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: Applicant matching requirements are determined by the Washington office. If matching funds are required, the funds cannot come from Federal Sources. Cooperator matches may be non-Federal cash, in-kind and non-cash contributions. Matching requirements may range from 0 percent to 50 percent of the total award amount. 101a: For the national competitive challenge cost share grant program. Applicant match requirements are determined by the statutory authority which requires a 50:50 match. Matching funds may not come from other federal sources. The non-Federal share of the match may be in the form of cash, services or in-kind contributions. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Electronic transfer of payments are required. Grants are normally awarded for a period of 12 months. A no cost extension justification must be received and approved by the Forest Service. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: See the following for information on how assistance is awarded / released: Recipients submit invoices based on actual expenditures on a monthly, quarterly or bi-annual basis as established in the award terms.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Annual accomplishment reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

For the national competitive challenge cost share grant program, narrative progress reports are required at mid-year and year-end.

SF-425s are required quarterly.

Invoices should provide sufficient additional detail to explain the amount requested for reimbursement.

Forest Service program managers will conduct program monitoring for awards under this CFDA.

Audits

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. Use of all funds will have to meet Federal and State audit requirements.

Records

State and other generally accepted accounting systems are permissible, if acceptable to audit and reconciliation. All grantees need to maintain adequate systems for collecting and recording statistical data.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-1105-0-1-302.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 $900,000; FY 17 est $900,000; and FY 18 est $900,000 - Estimated FY 18 $900,000 is based on availability of funding.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

For all grant awards under this CFDA: The applicable OMB Circulars are available online at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/circulars/index.html. http://www.fs.fed.us/ucf/index.shtml http://www.fs.fed.us/ucf/nucfac.shtml

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. For Forest Service, State and Private Forestry office addresses and telephone numbers. Visit: http://www.fs.fed.us/ucf/contact_regional.shtml.

Headquarters Office

Jan Davis 1400 Independence Ave. SW, MS-1151, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: jkdavis@fs.fed.us Phone: 202-401-4416

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Most grants are approved on the basis of negotiated targets or objectives to be achieved. UCF community grants are based on local needs and resources. 180a: The national grant program selects proposals based on the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council's criteria established for a given year.



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