Foundation / Corporation
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
06/13/19 11:59 PM MDT
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, universities, and tribes for projects and initiatives that improve outdoor experiences and the health of public forests and grasslands. Funding is available for on-the-ground restoration and conservation projects that yield an immediate and 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. Organizations may self-select into one of the Program Areas defined below, or choose to submit a proposal that cohesively integrates the two Program Areas. Projects that strongly integrate the program areas are highly encouraged. The NFF does not have funding targets for the Program Areas, and strongly encourages applicants to integrate the programs areas cohesively in their proposals.
Outdoor Experiences Program Area:
The NFF supports results-oriented, on-the-ground, projects that improve the quality, condition, and care of Outdoor Experiences on National Forests. Projects should generate tangible conservation outcomes or enhance high quality recreational experiences for the users of the National Forest System.
Forest Health Program Area:
The NFF supports results-oriented, on-the-ground, citizen-involved projects that maintain and/or restore ecosystem resiliency on National Forests. Projects should be consistent with or supportive of identified large-scale conservation initiatives.
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.
Civic Engagement and Community Involvement:
In addition to focusing on the above Program Areas, MAP requires projects show a strong commitment to civic engagement and community involvement through direct public participation. In order to be eligible for MAP funding, projects must contain significant, legitimate community involvement or civic engagement in the pre-implementation, implementation, or post-implementation phase.
More information about the program areas can be found at:
GrantWatch ID#: 177799
For reference purposes, the following details are from the 2018 Awards:
- Average Request: $25,066
- Median Request: $24,775
- Average Award: $24,271
- Median Award: $25,000
Requests from new applicants should come in at or below the average.
The proposed project period should be no more than 12 months long and start at least 2 months after the application deadline for the round.
- The award period for projects funded in Round 1 will begin in April/May 2019 and run for 12 months.
- The award period for projects funded in Round 2 will begin in August/September 2019 and run for 12 months.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
If you have questions not answered on the website or in the MAP Request for Proposals, please contact:
Adam Liljeblad, Director, Conservation Awards
National Forest Foundation
Bldg 27, Ste 3, Fort Missoula Rd
Missoula, MT 59804
Although they are technically eligible for funding, the NFF currently funds very few projects that do not physically take place on National Forest System lands.
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