RFP: 2010 National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost Share Grant


The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council works to establish long-term sustainable urban and community forests by encouraging communities of all sizes to manage and protect their natural resources, which may improve the public’s health, well-being, and economic vitality while also creating resilient ecosystems for current and future generations.

The Council only funds urban and community forestry projects that have a national or worldwide impact through the competitive Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost-Share Grant Program administered by the U.S. Forest Service. All proposals must meet the following requirements: apply to Urban and Community Forestry program authorities as established by Congress in the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act (Section 9).

Urban and Community Forestry: The art, science, and technology of managing trees, forests, and natural systems in and around cities, towns, and suburbs for the health and well-being of all citizens. To find out more about this topic, go to the link below and input 10:675 from the CFDA number.

The Council is providing Innovation Grants to organizations that are developing, researching, and collaborating on programs addressing the following four (4) major strategic priority issues that are widely recognized as facing the urban and community forestry sector at a national or multi-state level: Energy Savings, Climate Change, Public Health, and Green Infrastructure Assessment. The Council defines innovation to mean.

The Council is looking for proposals from organizations, agencies, and partnerships that want to fund creative initiatives that demonstrate the reach, resources, and expertise needed to address the four priority problems in a way that leads to meaningful, replicable results. For each of these Innovation Grants in 2009-2010, up to $900,000 is available.

Potential Innovation grantees are urged to collaborate with other groups, especially those who aren’t typically engaged in urban and community forestry. Applicants should think about multiyear activities and other funding options, such as Federal cooperative conservation programs.

(Grantseekers are encouraged to create clear and transparent letter of intent that include stories describing the issue, general approaches, expected results, partners (with letters verifying participation and support), post-project information, technology transfer, and budget.


Natural Environment

Built Environment

Social/Economic Health

Historical/Cultural Heritage






Funding Source


USDA Forest Service

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