Community Wood Energy Program

Encourage the development of community wood energy plans and/or acquire or upgrade community wood energy systems.

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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.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

A community wood energy system acquired with grant funds or receiving technical assistance shall not exceed an output of 50 million Btu per hour for heating and/or 2 megawatts for electric power production.

A community wood energy system acquired with grant funds or receiving technical assistance shall not exceed an output of 50 million Btu per hour for heating and/or 2 megawatts for electric power production.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State, Tribal, and local governments (or designees).

Beneficiary Eligibility

Public facilities owned or operated by State or local governments, including schools, town halls, libraries, hospitals and other public buildings which use woody biomass as the primary fuel. Tribal governments are eligible.


No credentials or documentation are required. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program.

Award Procedures

Applicants will submit SF 424 forms as applicable, a proposal, budget and budget narrative along with other information specifically required in the public announcement.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008, Title IX, Section 9013, Public Law 110-246.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 120 to 180 days.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 50.%. At least 50 percent match is required from Non-Federal funds for grants. Technical Assistance will be based on previous work and commitment to future work demonstrated by the applicant.
This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Not established at this time, although no more than three years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Reimbursement and/or advance payment on a monthly, quarterly or bi-annual basis.

Post Assistance Requirements


The recipient will complete programmatic reports, including an annual report, as indicated in OMB Circulars and award terms.

No cash reports are required.

This requirement is not fully established at this time.

However, programmatic reporting is required and may include progress to date requirements.

The recipient will complete required financial reports as indicated in OMB Circulars and award terms.

The Forest Service will monitor the progress of recipient perform under awards.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal 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.


The recipient shall make all program and financial records pertaining to an award available for Forest Service or other designated federal agency auditors for a period of 3 years from the date of award completion.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 12 $0; FY 13 est $0; and FY 14 Not Seperately Identifiable - Funding is contingent on appropriation in the pending Farm Bill.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not established at this time.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Dave Atkins, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20024 Email: Phone: 202-205-0929

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

National merit based criteria will be set for competitive grants. State, Tribal or local government request for technical assistance will be competitively selected based on established criteria.

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