USDA Funding and Technical Assistance Programs for Small Wood

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					USDA Funding and Technical
Assistance Programs for Small
 Wood Products Businesses
                 By
   Larry Swan, U.S. Forest Service
    and John Jebian, USDA Rural
           Development
                     Background
   Forest Products Utilization
    and Mktg Specialist,
    “stump” to “markets”
   Focus on forest mgt. and
    mfg. residues, and use of
    lower value wood
    products
   Primarily OR and CA
    (lately);
   OR, Business
    Development Dept.
   CA, USFS;
   International and Fire
    Assignments
            Presentation Outline

   Purpose: Brief overview
    of agency grant & loan
    programs designed for
    small businesses.
   How to figure out what
    you might want to do?
   How to find an
    appropriate program and
    who to talk to?
   Examples of USFS grant
    programs.
   Available for individual
    consults afterwards.
       Key Points About Government
              Grant Programs
   Public purpose.
   Often administered by
    local offices and
    organizations.
   Loans are preferred.
   Seldom for operating
    capital.
   Nothing is “free”.
        Examples of Who to Contact?
   Local economic
    development districts
    and departments
   Resource
    Conservation &
    Development Districts
   Non-profits
   State econ.
    development dept.
    and agencies
   Federal agencies
       Key Questions For Company
   What specifically
    do I want to do to
    improve economic
    viability of
    company?
   What is purpose
    and evaluation
    criteria of grant or
    loan program?
      How to Find Out About Relevant
                Programs?
   Trade association
    members
   Media
    announcements
   Speak to appropriate
    offices, organizations
    and agencies
   Attend local economic
    development
    conferences
      USDA Forest Service Grant
             Programs
   Woody Biomass
    Utilization Grants
    (WBUG)
   Congressional
    earmarks
   Sometimes partner
    or try to leverage
    other existing
    grant programs.
    Specific Example – WBUG Program

   Purpose?
   Grant size and # of
    applicants?
   How many winners
    and how much?
   Successful examples?
   Evaluation criteria?
   Timing and effort?
         Congressional Earmarks


   Pacific NW and
    NSO
    Midwest and EAB
   S. CA and
    drought/MPB/fires
   Colorado and MPB
        Hot Button Grant Topics


   Job creation and
    retention
   Renewable energy
   Sustainability
           Contact Information
   Larry Swan
    USDA Forest Service
   Email
    lswan01@fs.fed.us
   Cell
    541/891-7752

				
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