Program Description

The Secretary of Agriculture has a congressionally designated advisory council that assists the U.S. Forest Service in establishing the grant categories and recommendations of final proposals for the Forest Service to consider. This is the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (Council).

The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council seeks innovative (new, cutting-edge or builds upon existing studies) grant proposals for program development, study, and collaboration that will launch some of the new strategies in the (2016-2026)Ten Year Urban Forestry Action Plan. Current year priority funding topics can be found on the National Urban and Community Advisory Council website (

General Program Requirements

Eligible Applicants: Any U.S. non-Federal organization and Tribal agencies, operating within the

United States or its territories, may apply for the Challenge Cost-Share grant. While collaboration with Federal agencies is encouraged, a Federal agency may not receive funding or be used as match to the Federal funds being requested. Individuals and private land are not eligible. Proposals are required to address National or multi-state, multi-tribal land urban forestry issues. A proposal’s content must meet the Urban and Community Forestry program authorities as designated by Congress in the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act, (Section 9 PDF, pp. 19-24) State & Private Cooperative Forestry Handbook of Programs ( and the annual criteria set forth by the Council. A listing of the previously funded projects can be viewed at Urban Forestry South list of past NUCFAC grants (

Not Eligible: Local/State tree-planting projects, capital improvements to property of any ownership, and/or projects that have only a local impact and applicability are not eligible.

All grant funds must be matched at least equally (dollar for dollar) with non-Federal source funds. This match may include in-kind donations, volunteer assistance, and private and public (non-federal) monetary contributions. All matching funds must be directly related to the proposed project. The source of matching funds must be identified and grantees must comply with all applicable Federal regulations.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

The Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost Share Grant Program will require pre-proposals and then full proposals from those selected during the review process.  The review process takes about a year to complete.

All application information is available on (Search: Opportunity: USDA-FS-UCF-01-2017, or CFDA, 10.675, Agency Forest Service).

A copy of the grant package will also be available on the Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council, (NUCFAC) Website:

All pre-proposal applications are to be submitted to

Program Contact Information

Executive Staff to NUCFAC

USDA Forest Service

201 14th. St. SW, Sidney Yates Bldg. 3SC-01C

Washington, D.C. 20024

Phone: 202-309-9873

Additional Information

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number10.675
Can the funding from the program be renewedNo
Funding TypeDiscretionary
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceState, local, and Tribal governments; school districts; communities; not-for-profit organizations; or special purpose districts (e.g., public utilities districts, fire districts, conservation districts, or ports)
Matching Funds RequiredYes
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?Yes
Tribes Funded by this ProgramFederally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations

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