Forest Sustainability Fund for Local Government

×There is currently no additional funding available for the Forest Sustainability Fund for the 2024 Fiscal Year. However, we remain hopeful that the program will be funded in future years. DOF will keep localities updated as appropriate.
Who is Eligible

Local county and city governments with forest use value assessment may apply.

To Apply

An application notice will be sent to each locality with forest use value taxation in October. Applications are generally accepted from October 1 through November 15 each year.

The information required is:

  • Basic locality contact information, including a W-9 tax form
  • A copy of the local ordinance that established forest use taxation
  • The amount of forgone revenue due to forest land use taxation

Localities may apply October 1 – November 15 through the DOF’s Forestry Grants System Access Portal.

Fund Distribution

 

Applications are reviewed and fund distribution is calculated after November 15 and applicants are notified.

Forgone revenue from forest land use reported by applying localities and the Forest Sustainability Fund amounts awarded are available in the Resource Library below.


Additional Resources

Code of Virginia Forest Sustainability Fund

DOF’s Forestry Grants System Access Portal

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Forest Sustainability Fund Awards FY2023
Forest Sustainability Fund Awards FY2023

This document presents the forgone revenue from forest land use reported by applying localities and the Forest Sustainability Fund amounts awarded for fiscal year 2023.

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System Access Portal for Forestry Grants User Guide - Contract Signing
System Access Portal for Forestry Grants User Guide – Contract Signing

System Access Portal User Guide for application and administration of forestry grants. This guide assists with contract signing.

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System Access Portal for Forestry Grants User Guide - Filing a Claim
System Access Portal for Forestry Grants User Guide – Filing a Claim

System Access Portal User Guide for application and administration of forestry grants. This guide assists with filing a claim.

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System Access Portal for Forestry Grants User Guide - Registration User Guide
System Access Portal for Forestry Grants User Guide – Registration User Guide

System Access Portal User Guide for registering to use the grants system.

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System Access Portal for Forestry Grants User Guide - Requesting a Contract Amendment
System Access Portal for Forestry Grants User Guide – Requesting a Contract Amendment

System Access Portal User Guide for application and administration of forestry grants. This guide assists with requesting a contract amendment.

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A variety of financial assistance programs are available through DOF and partner agencies for forest management activities.

Explore All Financial Assistance Programs


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