The Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program (Community Forest Program) of the Forest Service offers a unique opportunity for communities to acquire and conserve forests.

Eligible Uses

Funding can be used to acquire and conserve forests to provide public access and recreational opportunities, protect vital water supplies and wildlife habitat, serve as demonstration sites for private forest landowners, and provide economic benefits from timber and non-timber products.

Eligible Recipients

Local governments, tribal governments, non-profits, and U.S. territories are eligible recipients.

Approx Annual Funding Amount

The annual funding amount varies depending on Federal Offshore drilling fees, but typically ranges from $2 to $4 million.

Cost Share Requirements

The program requires a 1:1 non-federal cost-share match. In-kind contributions are accepted.

Application Cycle

Deadlines are typically early January, check here for updates on the next fiscal year’s deadline.