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National Forest Foundation: Matching Awards Program

Deadline: January 17, 2017

The National Forest Foundation (NFF) Matching Awards Program (MAP) provides funding for results-oriented on-the-ground projects that enhance forest health and outdoor experiences on National Forests and Grasslands. MAP supports the implementation of conservation and restoration projects that have an immediate, quantifiable impact on the National Forest System. These projects provide a lasting impact to the lands, waters, and wildlife of the National Forest System through the alteration of the physical environment.

The current NFF strategic plan focuses on the Program Areas of Outdoor Experiences and Forest Health:

  • Outdoor Experiences: The NFF supports results-oriented, on-the-ground, projects that improve the quality, condition, and care of Outdoor Experiences on National Forests by: improving, or maintaining recreation resource connectivity including, and similar to: trail maintenance, bridge and crossing construction or repair, and installation of trail drainage structures; and/or engaging youth, volunteers, or diverse, underserved or under-engaged populations in hands-on stewardship activities; and/or employing youth and/or veterans crews to implement on-the-ground conservation, stewardship and/or restoration work.
  • Forest Health: The NFF supports results-oriented, on-the-ground, citizen-involved projects that maintain and/or restore ecosystem resiliency on National Forests by: promoting ecosystem structure, function and diversity; and/or promoting forest health through the removal or control of non-native invasive species, and/or reintroduction of native plants and trees.

The NFF encourages projects that cohesively integrate Outdoor Experiences and Forest Health program areas. Ideal projects will have a strong connection to each of the individual program areas, and effectively integrate both in a clear, direct manner.

Amount: The average award size for the past two years was $28,522. MAP requires a 1:1 cash match of secured non-federal funds.

Eligibility: 501(c)(3) nonprofits, universities, and Native American tribes are eligible to receive MAP grants.

Link: https://www.nationalforests.org/grant-programs/map

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