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Woody Biomass Utilization

Wood Innovations Grant Program

USDA Forest Service Wood Innovations Program (formerly known as the Wood-to-Energy, and Woody Biomass Utilization Grant programs) is a annual national grant program.  The program supports traditional wood utilization projects, expands wood energy markets, and promotes using wood as a construction material in commercial buildings. 

2020 Wood Innovations Request for Proposals - Applications Due January 15, 2020

The Forest Service supports proposals that significantly stimulate or expand wood energy and wood products markets that support the long-term management of National Forest System and other forest lands.  The Forest Service supports proposals that significantly stimulate or expand wood energy and wood products markets that support the long-term management of National Forest System and other forest lands. The 2020 Request for Proposals focuses on the following priorities:

  • Reduce hazardous fuels and improve forest health on National Forest System and other forest lands;
  • Reduce costs of forest management on all land types; and
  • Promote economic and environmental health of communities.

The US Forest Service Region 5 led a webinar on November 18, 2019 to discuss the 2020 Wood Innovations Grant Request for Proposal.

For full instructions on how to apply, visit the official Wood Innovations Request for Proposal

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It is recommended that applicants consult with Regional Biomass Coordinators (Larry Swan and Helena Murray) to develop proposals that align with Forest Service Regional/Area priorities and State Forest Action Plans.

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More Information

US Forest Service Wood Innovations Home:
http://www.na.fs.fed.us/werc/

Grant Background

From 2007 to 2013, this program was managed by the State and Private Forestry Technology Marketing Unit located at the Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, WI.  For each of these years, approximately $4m was made available for projects that increase the utilization of woody biomass from federal lands and reduce the risk of wildfire and disease across the country. In 2012, the name was changed to the Forest Service National Hazardous Fuels Woody Biomass Utilization Grant Program.

More recently, in 2014, the Woody Biomass Utilization Grant was renamed the Hazardous Fuels Wood to Energy (W2E) Grant Program and administration was transferred to the US Forest Service Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC).  The grant is currently referred to as the Wood Innovations Funding Opportunity.  

The application and award schedule varies from year to year as does the funding available. For more information and up-to-date announcements visit the Wood Innovations Home.

Previously Funded Woody Biomass Projects
Learn more about the types of projects funded by the Wood Innovations Funding Opportunity in past years, search projects by state, or review funding allocations here.

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