Apply for Firewood Bank Funding
As of November 13th, 2023, 48 firewood banks have been approved for funding bringing us to the end of this season's available funding.
Applications are closed for the 2023-2024 grant cycle.
Of the $8 million allocated for implementation of the firewood bank grant program, $696,280 will be made available for FY 2024, with more funding released over the following years.
In FY 2024, all firewood banks must have a bank account, or have a local fiscal sponsor, and unique entity identifier (UEI) to receive funding. If your wood bank does not already have any of these, please see the application requirements section for information on how to get them. There will be three different categories of eligibility (renewal grants, new applicant grants, and start up grants). Please choose the appropriate application for your firewood bank.
For-profit firewood businesses are welcome to apply IF they a.) have a firewood bank account separate from their business; b.) donate logs or firewood for heating homes of low to moderate income people; c.) have a demonstrated partnership with a tribe or community organization (civic, faith-based, service group etc.) and engaged volunteers who help process, stack and/or distribute wood.
Forms & Eligibility
This year (FY 2024), there will be three different categories of eligibility, based on the amount of wood processed. Select the application form below that is appropriate for your firewood bank:
Renewal Grant Form. Firewood banks that received funding through the AGH Firewood Bank Financial Assistance Program in FY 2022 that delivered 100+ cords of wood in the 2022-2023 heating season are eligible for up to $20,000
New Applicant Grant Form. Existing firewood banks that have not received funding previously through the AGH Firewood Bank Financial Assistance Program
up to $20,000 for firewood banks giving away 100+ cords
up to $15,000 for firewood banks giving away less than 100 cords
Start-up Grant Form. These grants are aimed at individuals or organizations that are launching new firewood banks in 2023 and plan to deliver 5 cords of wood or more are eligible for grants up to $10,000. Documentation needed for the Start-up Grant application includes such things as:
If you are a established non-profit, church, town or tribe, you just need a bank account and a UEI
If you are applying as an individual, company, tree service, or firewood business we do require you to have a partnership agreement with an established non-profit, church, town, or tribal administration
A mission statement that explains your motivation to start a firewood bank, how it expands on the heating needs in your community, and your ability to start a firewood bank
A safety plan that can ensure the safety of your volunteers/workers
A. Guidelines for Firewood Banks Receiving Funding
Accepting funding for your firewood bank involves having a liability waiver and making some safety and operational commitments that your bank may not already have in place. An important document to review is our guidelines: click here for a list of the things we need firewood banks to agree to, in order to receive funding.
B. Bank Account
In order to receive federal funds to support your firewood bank, a bank account is required to be set up in the name of the organization or a fiscal sponsor. Requirements may vary by state for opening a bank account for an unincorporated organization, but some instructions can be found here for Bank of America and here for Wells Fargo. Note that monthly banking fees may be waived by meeting a minimum balance or spending a certain amount periodically, though it depends on the bank.
If your bank requires an Employer Identification Number (EIN) to set up a bank account, you can easily apply for one from the IRS in minutes. Instructions can be found here. Note that the online portal is only open from 7am – 10pm Monday to Friday, Eastern Standard Time.
C. Unique Entity Identifier
All businesses or organizations awarded federal grants must have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI). This is a 12-character, alphanumeric value assigned by the federal government that identifies your organization’s name and address. This identifier is free to get and can be received after making an account on sam.gov and following the steps to receive your UEI. You’ll have the option of registering your entity or getting a unique entity ID.
Select “Get Unique Entity ID” to receive a UEI. For more information see this Quick Start Guide for getting a UEI. A list of valid documents can be found here. The following video from the General Services Administration has more information and explains in detail how to obtain a UEI.
Almost any items needed to run your firewood bank is an eligible expense except for food & drink, entertainment, lobbying, and items over $5,000.
Eligible expenses include chain saws (electric or gas), splitters, tarps, moisture meters, conveyor belts, trailers, wheelbarrows, safety equipment, first aid kits, equipment repair, building materials for firewood sheds or tool sheds, educational materials/activities, sales tax, signage, travel, gas money, and miscellaneous supplies like small tools that cost less than $20. Firewood banks are invited to add other additional items not listed here that they use or think may be helpful. Click here for a downloadable sample budget.