Hardwood Forestry Fund Members know that wood is a renewable resource, and that healthy, vibrant forests provide benefits to wildlife, the environment, and to people.


Our grant application deadline is September 30, 2017 for Spring planting the following year. 

Funding priority is hardwood seedling planting on state forest land managed for multiple use.

The Hardwood Forestry Fund promotes hardwood timber growth, management, education, and environmentally sound uses of renewable forest resources by providing grant funding to partnering organizations. The Hardwood Forestry Fund supports sustainable forestry by funding selective tree planting, direct seeding, natural regeneration, management, and hardwood research requests. Member forest products companies, foundations, and individuals provide funding for Hardwood Forestry Fund projects. Funding requests are restricted to $1/ seedling or less.

Evaluation Criteria
The criteria used in evaluating Hardwood Forestry Fund project proposals include:

1. Project Location: The Hardwood Forestry Fund supports projects on public land including state, local, or university land, or on property owned by non-profit organizations. The land must be allocated for multiple use. Appropriate planting sites include: idle land being converted to forest, sites damaged by wildfire, insect or disease, ice, or wind storm, and naturally regenerating sites lacking desired stocking or species composition.

2. Professional Forest Management: A natural resources professional responsible for the project should submit the application. Proposals should include brief sustainable management plans including statements that address sustainable timber production, wildlife habitat enhancement, and soil and water conservation.  All plans must include a harvest and regeneration schedule for the planted/managed trees.

3. Species: Funding requests are considered for the planting and/or management of commercial hardwood species, giving preference to cherry, red oak, white oak, hard maple, and walnut. See preferred species list.

Funding is available for, but is not limited to: site preparation, seedling purchase, seed purchase, planting labor, competition control, and signage. Seedling planting projects will receive priority consideration.

If your application is selected for funding:

  • You will be asked to sign a Basis of Understanding that includes a segment that says the money sought for the project will be used solely as described in the application.
  • The Hardwood Forestry Fund will ask for periodic updates on project success as well as photos of the site and help with press releases.
  • Please retain receipts for work related to this grant. The HFF requires copies of receipts to reimburse our grantees. Please discuss funding that may be needed up front (seedling reservation or other) with HFF staff.

How to Apply:
Complete the Hardwood Forestry Fund grant application and e-mail it to the Hardwood Forestry Fund. The Hardwood Forestry Fund Board of Directors reviews project applications twice each year

Download the Hardwood Forestry Fund grant application.

E-mail inquiries to: info@hardwoodforestryfund.org.

Applicants are encouraged to discuss project ideas with Hardwood Forestry Fund staff before investing time in the application process.

The Hardwood Forestry Fund is a 501 (c) (3) educational foundation that establishes sustainable forests for future generations' natural resource needs. Contributions are tax-deductible.

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