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Woody Biomass Utilization


There are a number of grants available that are relevant to woody biomass utilization projects.  This section explains and identifies relevant programs.  Although there are many woody biomass to energy grant and secured loan programs from the Department of Energy and USDA, there are actually very few programs that can benefit smaller and non energy projects.

Grant programs are constantly changing and we aim to keep you up to date with the latest developments in the most relevant programs.

Current Grants (Updated 7/15/2014)

USDA Forest Service Wood-to-Energy (Woody Biomass Utilization) Grant Program
(Woody Biomass Utilization Grant)

This is a national program that has operated annually since 2005.  It has undergone some changes in recent years; in 2011, the program changed to only fund engineering studies of wood to energy projects, in 2014, management of the program changed from the USFS State and Private Forestry Technology Marketing Unit (TMU homepage) to the USFS Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC). 

Current updates on this grant program including announcements on application deadlines and informational webinars can be found on our Woody Biomass Utilization Grant page. Maps of successful applicant locations and funding amounts over the past several years can also be found there. For additional information on this grant, check the WERC homepage.


USDA Farm Service Agency Biomass Crop Assistance Program
(FSA Biomass Crop Assistance Program)

BCAP provides financial assistance to producers or entities that deliver eligible biomass material to designated biomass conversion facilities for use as heat, power, biobased product, or biofuels. Initial assistance will be for the Collection, Harvest, Storage and Transportation (CHST) costs associated with the delivery of eligible materials. For additional information, please see the Farm Services BCAP homepage.


Cool California Funding Wizard

CoolCalifornia is a website developed by a partnership of State Government Agencies, Universities, and Next10, a nonprofit organization. CoolCalifornia is designed to provide all Californians with quick, easy-to-use and reliable tools for all Californians to protect the climate and keep California cool. The Funding Wizard provides an exhaustive list of available grants, loans, and other funding opportunities to assist with development of renewable energy projects.


Previous Grant Opportunities

California Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils (CARC&DC) Biomass Technical Assistance Grant
(CARC&DC Technical Assistance Grant)

This grant was aimed at biomass conversion technologies which utilize large amounts of wood fuel from national forests and other areas to reduce wild fire hazards, especially in the wildland urban interface. The program ended in December 2010.


ShadeFund: A program of The Conservation Fund
(ShadeFund Loans)

ShadeFund is a new progressive group encouraging green business. Established by The Conservation Fund in 2010, this organization provides loans to entrepreneurs whose models use natural resources in innovative and responsible ways.

Types of Loans: ShadeFund is a non-profit lender providing loans up to $50,000 to forest related businesses and other green small businesses throughout the US. Most ShadeFund loans are expected be $20,000 or less.

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