Urban and Community Forestry Program

To plan for, establish, manage and protect trees, forests, green spaces and related resources in and adjacent to cities and towns to improve urban livability; to link governmental, private and grassroots organizations and resources to address environmental issues at the local, regional and national level;
to engage people in citizen-based, grassroots volunteer efforts to assist in retaining and protecting their natural environment to provide a balance between quality of life and land consumption associated with urban sprawl; and to improve the ecological function, and social and economic stability of cities and communities.
Examples of Funded Projects

Funding is for programs by State Forestry Agencies and others as set forth in Uses and Use Restrictions.

Examples include but are not limited to tree inventories, tree planting, training and education for proper tree care, establishment of urban foresters in communities, etc.

For examples of current and completed projects, see the Challenge Cost Share Program at: http://www.treelink.org/nucfac/general_info.html.

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

Visit: http://www.fs.fed.us/ucf/Regional_Offices.htm.

Program Accomplishments

In FY 2006 and FY 2007, 6,364 and 5,800 communities received technical assistance, respectively. In 2006, 164,136,406 people lived in communities that had received program assistance and that were managing or developing urban forestry capacity according to accepted national performance measures: (1) hired professional staff, (2) adopted tree ordinances and policies, (3) implemented an urban forest management plan, and 4) established a local advocacy/advisory organization.

Uses and Use Restrictions

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

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State Foresters or equivalent State agencies, 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.


Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 For State and local governments, as implemented by 7 CFR Part 3016.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Regional/Area/IITF Offices provide States and teritories with program funding advice each year.

This program is excluded for coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Contact Regional, Area or Institute Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog http://www.fs.fed.us/ucf/Regional_Offices.htm.

Award Procedures

Established by the Regional, Area and Institute offices. http://www.fs.fed.us/ucf/Regional_Offices.htm.


Contact Regional, Area or Institute Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog http://www.fs.fed.us/ucf/Regional_Offices.htm.


The Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978, Public Law 95-313,92 Stat. 365, 16 U.S.C. 2102 et seq. (As Amended Through Public Law 107-195, June 16, 2002) Section 9 (16 U.S.C. 2105) Urban and Community Forestry Assistance.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Established by the Regional, Area, and Institute offices. http://www.fs.fed.us/ucf/Regional_Offices.htm.


Not applicable.


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 Regional, Area or Institute offices.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statistical factors for eligibility do not apply to this program. Funds reimbursed by the Federal Government may not exceed 50 percent of the total project budget expended by a grantee. The non-Federal share of the match may be in the form of cash, services or in-kind contributions.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Electronic transfer of payments are encouraged. Grants are normally awarded for a period of 12 months. A no cost extension justification must be received and approved by the Forest Service.

Post Assistance Requirements


Each State forestry agency or equivalent is required to submit annual accomplishment reports on the program, and have an approved 5-year strategic plan.


Use of all funds will have to meet Federal and State audit requirements. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," non federal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


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



FY 07 $30,130,000; FY 08 est $17,436,000; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

OMB Circular Nos. A-102 and A-87, as implemented by 7 CFR Part 3016, are applicable to State and local government grantees. Available online at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/circulars/index.html.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

For Forest Service, State and Private Forestry office addresses and telephone numbers. Visit: http://www.fs.fed.us/ucf/Regional_Offices.htm.

Headquarters Office

Deputy Chief, State and Private Forestry, Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Mailstop: 1123, Washington, DC 20250-1123 . Telephone: (202) 205-1657.

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.

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