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Community Forest Program


The Community Forest Program (CFP) protects forests that are important for people and the places they call home. Community forests provide many benefits such as places to recreate and enjoy nature; they protect habitat, water quality and other environmental benefits, and they can provide economic benefits through timber resources. Community Forests have also long been sites for environmental and cultural education.

Applications Now Being Accepted

The Forest Service published a request for applications for the Community Forest Program in the Federal Register on October 20, 2016. Applications are due to the State Forester or the appropriate Tribal official by January 13, 2017.

Proposed Administration funding for community forest project is $2 million for fiscal year 2017. Individual grant applications may not exceed $400,000.

Click here for a copy of the Application Solicitation published on October 20, 2016

Click here for an application template sample

Click here for application scoring guidance

State Foresters contact information

Application Forms

Funded Projects

FY16 Funded Projects
FY15 Funded Projects
FY14 Funded Projects
FY13 Funded Projects
FY12 Funded Projects

Are you an interested Tribe?

Click here for more CFP information and how to apply as a Tribe
Click here to learn about Hall Mountain Community Forest-a successful Tribal CFP project

What is the Community Forest Program?

The Community Forest Program is a grant program that authorizes the Forest Service to provide financial assistance to local governments, Tribal governments, and qualified nonprofit entities to establish community forests that provide continuing and accessible community benefits.

The Community Forest Program was authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill (Section 8003 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-234)), which amends the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978. The full title is the “Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program.” The working title is the “Community Forest Program.”

Click here for a copy of the final rule published in the Federal Register on October 20, 2011. Click here to see the proposed rule revision published in the Federal Register on December 8, 2015.

Click here for a copy of the corrected Federal Register notice published March 6, 2012. This notice specifies the new funding level for the grant solicitation

Program basics:

  • Full fee title acquisition is required. Conservation easements are not eligible.
  • Community Forests can be owned by local governments, Tribal Governments, and qualified nonprofit entities.
  • The program pays up to 50% of the project costs and requires a 50% non-federal match
  • Public access is required for CFP projects
  • The community is involved in the establishment of the community forest and long-term management decisions.
  • Frequently Asked Questions

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Additional Information:

CFP Regional Contacts

Food Conservation and Energy Act

Community Forest Program Fact Sheet

Comparison of the Forest Legacy and Community Forest Programs





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