USAID’s Trees Outside Forests in India (TOFI) Activity

Funding Agency:
US Agency for International Development

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking applications for a Cooperative Agreement from qualified U.S. and Non-U.S. organizations to fund a program entitled “Trees Outside Forests in India (TOFI) Activity”. Eligibility for this award is not restricted. The authority for the NOFO is found in the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended.

The purpose of the Trees Outside Forests in India (TOFI) activity is to expand the planting of trees outside of forests in India for enhanced provision of ecosystem services, especially carbon sequestration, and increased inclusive economic opportunities. Through the TOFI activity, USAID/India will support the Government of India (GoI) and other stakeholders to increase the uptake of trees outside of forests in India by: strengthening an enabling environment that promotes and incentivizes planting of trees; increasing economic opportunities from trees outside of forests; and improving access to information to help scale TOF in the country.

It is preferred that an organization only submits one concept paper as a prime or consortium leader under the NOFO. However, organizations participating as a member of a consortium may elect to participate in another consortium under a different concept paper as a prime recipient.


  • Duke Internal: Interested applicants from within Duke should contact as early as possible.
  • Deadline for Concept Papers: March 2, 2021

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

This funding opportunity is unrestricted and open to all eligible U.S and non-U.S. nongovernmental organizations (other than those from foreign policy restricted countries), including foundations, institutions of higher education, consortiums and public international organizations, etc. Individuals are not eligible to participate.



Funding Type





Environmental & Life Sciences
International Opportunities
Social Sciences

External Deadline

March 2, 2021