The Community Forest Program is a US Forest Service competitive grant program whereby local governments, qualified nonprofit organizations, and Indian tribes are eligible to apply for grants to establish community forests through fee simple acquisition of private forest land from a willing seller. The purpose of the program is to establish community forests by protecting forest land from conversion to non-forest uses and to provide community benefits. Some of these benefits include sustainable forest management; clean air, water, wildlife habitat, and other environmental benefits: forest-based educational programs; service as models of effective forest stewardship; and, recreational benefits secured with public access.

Applicants shall work with the State Forester and equivalent officials of the Indian tribe to determine technical assistance needs and include the technical assistance request in the project budget.

All local government and qualified nonprofit organization applications must be submitted to the State Forester of the state where the property is located. All Tribal applications must be submitted to the equivalent Tribal government official.

Applicants are encouraged to contact and work with the Forest Service Region, Northeastern Area, or International Institute of Tropical Forestry, and the State Forester or equivalent Tribal government official in developing their proposal.

State Forester mailing address

Peter Church, Director of Forest Stewardship
251 Causeway Street, Suite 600
Boston, MA 02114

FY2015 US Forest Service “Request for Applications (RFA)”

We are pleased to announce the Request for Applications (RFA) for the US Forest Service Community Forest Program (CFP) that was published in the Federal Register on August 6, 2014 for 2015 selections (see attachment below). Please share widely with anyone who might be interested in creating new Community Forests.

Applications are due to the appropriate State Forester or Tribal Official, depending on the applicant, by January 16, 2015.

For your information, the 2014 RFA had similar submission dates for applications and the projects to receive funding were identified in late June 2014. Given a similar time for review and ranking for this round would mean funds for this request would likely be available around June 2015.

Community Forest Program (CFP) Federal Register Notice  pdf format of Community Forest Program (CFP) Federal Register Notice
Grant submission summary of the 2015 RFA for CFP  pdf format of Grant submission summary of the 2015 RFA for CFP
The CFP Final Rule  pdf format of The CFP Final Rule
- no changes to rule since published in 2011

For the 2014 CFP RFA 22 applications were received by the U.S. Forest Service and eight were selected for funding. If you were a past recipient of CFP funds in 2012 or 2014 you are still eligible to apply, at least one land conservation organization was successful in receiving funds in both the 2012 and 2014 selections.


US Forest Service: Community Forest and Open Space Program

Contact Us

Please contact us with any questions or comments concerning the Community Forest Program

Mike Fleming, DCR / Bureau of Forestry
phone: (978) 368-0126 x114

Neal Bungard, US Forest Service
phone: (603) 868-7719