Regional Programs Coordinator
The Center's regional strategy and policy programs inform and empower local, state, regional and federal leaders to implement new ideas that can be the foundation of the region's long term economic and environmental vitality. The Regional Programs Coordinator is a new position, which will provide coordination and support to the Center's program staff to implement regional strategy initiatives, public policy activities, research projects and organizational impact tracking, convenings, communications and other activities. The Coordinator will work under the direction of the Center's Vice President and in close collaboration with other Center staff. Open until filled.
Funding Opportunities - Requests for Proposals
Outdoor Recreation Grants Available - Due April 7, 2020
The Northern Forest Center will award $424,000 over the next two years for outdoor recreation infrastructure development through the Destination Development Initiative outdoor recreation grants program. Funding is available in selected counties in northeast Vermont, northern New Hampshire, and western Maine, using funds granted to the Northern Forest Center by the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC).
For applicants from Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, an additional $200,000 is available for projects through a separate NBRC grant awarded to the Northeastern Vermont Development Association.
The program is open to public and non-profit applicants for projects that design, build, maintain or market trails, parks, wayfinding and related outdoor recreation and community infrastructure and amenities. Projects need to be consistent with community-developed plans and priorities. Grants will be from $10,000 to $50,000. This year's application deadline is April 7, 2020.
Future Forest Economy Initiative - Call for Concepts (Ongoing)
The Future Forest Economy Initiative — a cooperative initiative between the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), U.S. Endowment for Forestry & Communities, and the Northern Forest Center — is accepting proposals for funding that respond to a congressional mandate to support the development of markets for wood products. Over the next three years, the Initiative cooperators will provide $2.6 million in sub-grants to projects that deliver regional approaches to:
- Innovate new forest products and the business infrastructure to commercialize them;
- Create market demand for wood and wood products across the Northeast and New York;
- Enable the conditions that allow businesses and communities to benefit from these innovations.