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Wood Products Infrastructure Assistance (WPIA) Grant Program

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Forest Service

Agency: Federal

GrantWatch ID #206715

Grant Description

Grants to USA and territories for-profits, government agencies, Tribes, IHEs, nonprofit organizations, and school districts for projects to restore ecosystems. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Funding is intended to support projects in areas at risk of unnaturally severe wildfires or insect or disease infestations.

The USDA Forest Service is announcing the availability of funding to provide financial assistance to facilities that purchase and process byproducts from ecosystem restoration projects in areas at risk of unnaturally severe wildfire or insect or disease infestation through funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). The intent is to substantially decrease the cost of conducting restoration projects involving vegetation removal on Federal and Tribal lands and invest in surrounding communities. These byproducts could include trees and woody biomass harvested through timber sales, thinning, hazardous fuels reduction treatments, or other restoration management activities.

Funding priority will be to provide financial assistance to an entity seeking to establish, reopen, retrofit, expand, or improve a sawmill or other wood-processing facility that will utilize the byproducts from projects on federal land, Tribal forestland, and Tribal rangeland that have been identified as at risk for fire, insect, or disease and a high priority for ecological restoration. To be eligible for funding, the project facility must be in close proximity to federal or Tribal lands and procure raw materials from federal or Tribal lands. Successful applicants will address how financial support will enable increased utilization of byproducts from ecosystem restoration projects on federal or Tribal lands that are in close proximity to a wood products processing facility and how this assistance will help reduce restoration costs. 

Project funding may be used to establish, reopen, retrofit, expand, or improve a sawmill or other wood-processing facility in close proximity to federal or Tribal lands that need ecosystem restoration and will generate byproducts from the restoration activities.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: For-profit entities; state, local governments; Indian Tribes; school districts; community, not-for-profit organizations; institutions of higher education; and special purpose districts (e.g., public utilities districts, fire districts, conservation districts, and ports)


While awarded federal funds cannot be used for construction of buildings (facilities), federal funds can be used to reimburse for facility engineering, permitting, or design costs. Procurement of mobile equipment (e.g., forklifts, skidders, feller bunchers, self-propelled in-woods chipping units) will NOT be funded under this funding opportunity. Use of federal funds to lease mobile equipment will be allowed if they are not lease-to-own arrangements. The purchase of mobile equipment will be allowed for Indian Tribes. USDA Forest Service funds cannot be used to fund USDA Forest Service or other federal involvement in the project

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to submit an application for financial assistance is 5:00 pm local time on December 20, 2022, with no exceptions. The full application package (Part I and Part II) is to be submitted by via email. No proposals will be accepted by fax or hard copy. Incomplete proposals and those received past the official deadline will not be accepted. If any part of the application is missing, the proposal will not be accepted.

Award of Funding Notice: It is planned that applicants will be notified by email about funding decisions in February 2023. Successful applicants will receive notification from the appropriate USDA Forest Service Grants and Agreements Office.

There are no requirements for match to the financial request; however, cooperator contribution funding level is a project selection criteria. Applicants are more likely to be funded if it can be shown that at least 25% of the total project cost originates from non-federal dollars.An exception to this preference is if the application demonstrates that the project will benefit a disadvantaged community.

Applicants must be registered with the System for Award Management (SAM), which is located at DO NOT go through a third party that may charge for registration. There is no charge for registering at This process may take time, so please register immediately.

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Funding Limitations: Minimum financial assistance request is $50,000. Maximum financial assistance request is $1,000,000.

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The full application package (Part I and Part II) is to be submitted by email to

Contact Information for Regional Wood Innovations
Coordinators by State
MT, ND, ID, NV, Northwestern SD, UT, & Western WY
Julie Kies 406-370-3297

CO, KS, NE, SD, & WY
Laura Wolf 303-275-5115

Marc Estrada 505-842-3423

CA, HI, Guam, and Trust Territories of the Pacific Islands
Helena Murray 707-980-2375

Jim Archuleta 503-680-6870
Adrian Kiser 503-808-2934

AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, Virgin Islands, & Puerto Rico
Marcus Taylor 540-265-5120

CT, DE, DC, IL, IN, IA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, WV, & WI
Lew McCreery 304-285-1538

Priscilla Morris 907-743-9467

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