DOF Financial Assistance Programs

Virginia Department of Forestry administers numerous financial assistance programs for landowners, communities, loggers and more. The following table provides a brief overlook at various programs available.

Click the links on the program names to explore the program further. Click on a column heading to sort by that column, or type in the search box.

ProgramSponsorEligible ApplicantsEligible AreasEligible LandsDeadlinesCategories
Agricultural BMP Cost-Share Program (VACS)DCRPrivate LandownersStatewidePrivate Lands
Open Lands
Private Lands along Waterways
Continuous Sign-upContinuous Signup
Community Forest Revitalization ProgramDOFCommunities
Local Government
Nonprofit Organizations
Public Educational Institutions
Tribal Organizations
StatewidePublic Lands
Tribal Lands
December 31, 2023Direct Technical Assistance
Community Planning
Education
Community Wildfire Defense Grant ProgramDOF/USFSCommunitiesStatewidePrivate Lands
Public Lands
Tribal Lands
October 7 AnnuallyHazard Mitigation
Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)USDA Farm Service AgencyPrivate LandownersStatewide
Private Lands along WaterwaysContinuous Sign-upTree Planting
Open Field Site Preparation
Riparian Forest Buffers
Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)USDA Farm Service Agency

Private LandownersStatewide
Private LandsContinuous Sign-upTree Planting
Open Field Site Preparation
Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)USDA Natural Resources and Conservation ServicePrivate LandownersStatewide
Private LandsContinuous Sign-upTree Planting
Forest Improvement
Invasive Plant Control
Dry Hydrant Grant ProgramDOFFire DepartmentsStatewiden/aMarch 31 AnnuallyFire Suppression Equipment
Emerald Ash Borer Treatment Cost-Share Program (EAB)DOFPrivate Landowners
Communities
Statewide
Private Lands
Public Lands
Communities
April 20 - June 16, 2023Insect/Disease
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)USDA Natural Resources and Conservation ServicePrivate LandownersStatewide
Private Lands
Open and Forested lands
Continuous Sign-up
Approvals November - February
Tree Planting
Forest Improvement
Invasive Plant Control
Federal Firefighter Property ProgramDOFFire DepartmentsStatewiden/aContinuous Sign-upFire Suppression Equipment
Firewise Virginia Community Hazard Mitigation Grant ProgramDOFCommunitiesStatewidePrivate Lands
Public Lands
Tribal Lands
March 31 AnnuallyHazard Mitigation
Forest Sustainability Fund for Local GovernmentDOFLocal GovernmentStatewiden/aOctober 1 - November 15 AnnuallyForest Land Use
Hardwood Initiative Cost-Share ProgramDOFPrivate Landowners
Nonprofit Organizations
StatewidePrivate LandsContinuous Sign-up
Approvals April-May Annually
Forest Improvement
Invasive Plant Control
Prescribed Burning
Hardwood Initiative Tax Credit ProgramDOFPrivate Landowners
Pass-Through Entities
StatewidePrivate LandsContinuous Sign-upForest Improvement
Invasive Plant Control
Prescribed Burning
Tree Planting
Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Treatment Cost-Share ProgramDOFPrivate Landowners
Communities
Statewide
Private Lands
Public Lands
Communities
Continuous Sign-upInsect/Disease
Logger Best Management Practice (BMP) Cost-Share ProgramDOFLogging ContractorsStatewide
Private Lands
Forested Lands
Water Resources
Continuous Sign-upTimber Harvesting
Stream Crossings
Pine Bark Beetle Prevention Program (PBBPP)DOFPrivate Landowners
Logging Contractors
Statewide
Private LandsContinuous Sign-upTimber Harvesting
Insect/Disease
Tree Planting
Pine Thinning
Longleaf Pine Restoration
Reforestation of Timberlands Program (RT)DOFPrivate Landowners
Forest Industry
Companies
Statewide
Private Lands
Harvested Forestlands
Pine Plantations
Open Lands
Continuous Sign-up
Approvals April - May
Tree Planting
Pine
Forest Improvement
Riparian Buffer Tax Credit Program (RFBTC)DOFPrivate LandownersStatewide
Private Lands
Harvested Forestlands
Water Resources
Continuous Sign-upTimber Harvesting
Streamside Management Zones (SMZs)
Temporary Bridge Cost-Share ProgramDOFLogging ContractorsStatewide
Private Lands
Forested Lands
Water Resources
Continuous Sign-upTimber Harvesting
Stream Crossings
Urban and Community Forestry Grant ProgramDOFCivic Groups
Communities
Local Government
Neighborhood Associations
Nonprofit Organizations
Public Educational Institutions
State Agencies
Tribal Organizations
Volunteer Groups
StatewidePrivate Lands
Public Lands
Tribal Lands
November 3, 2023Urban Forestry
Tree Care
Community Planning
Stormwater Management
Education
Virginia Trees for Clean Water Grant ProgramDOFCivic Groups
Communities
Local Government
Neighborhood Associations
Nonprofit Organizations
Public Educational Institutions
State Agencies
Tribal Organizations
Volunteer Groups
StatewidePrivate Lands
Public Lands
Tribal Lands
December 1 AnnuallyTree Planting
Urban Forestry
Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant ProgramDOFFire DepartmentsStatewiden/aMarch 31 AnnuallyFire Suppression Equipment
Training

Get help from a local forester to find financial assistance programs to meet your needs.

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Some DOF programs are administered through an on-line system – learn more about our System Access Portal for Forestry Grants.

System Access Portal for Forestry Grants