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Matching Awards Program (MAP)

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Universities, and Tribes
for the Conservation of Forests and Grasslands

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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National Forest Foundation (NFF)

Conf. Date:

04/28/21

Deadline Date:

06/09/21 11:59 PM MST

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, universities, and tribes for projects and initiatives that enhance outdoor recreation and improve the health of public forests and grasslands. Funding is intended for on-the-ground restoration and conservation projects that make a significant impact on the National Forest System. All MAP applications must include direct public participation. Projects must contain significant, legitimate community involvement or civic engagement in the pre-implementation, implementation, or post-implementation phase.

All projects proposed for MAP funding must align with one or both of the NFF’s two strategic focus areas of Outdoor Experiences and Forest Health. There are no funding targets for each program area; however, applications that cohesively integrate the two program areas receive a weighted advantage in the review process.

Outdoor Experiences: The NFF supports results-oriented, on-the-ground projects that improve the quality, condition, and care of Outdoor Experiences on National Forests. Projects supported under this program generate tangible conservation outcomes including enhancing high quality recreational experiences for the users of the National Forest System. Project examples include: 

  • 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 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. Project examples include:

  • 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.

Integrated Projects: 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.  Project examples include:

  • Engaging community volunteers to complete riparian plantings as part of a watershed-scale restoration project;
  • Utilizing youth crews from underserved communities to complete habitat stewardship work and forest stand treatments.

For additional information about the program areas, see: https://www.nationalforests.org/assets/files/MAP-2021-RFP.pdf#page=3

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177799

Term of Contract:

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. Specifically, the performance period for projects funded in Round 1 will begin in April/May 2021 and run for 12 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

501(c)(3) nonprofits, universities, and Native American tribes are eligible to receive MAP grants. If an organization does not meet this eligibility requirement, it must utilize an eligible fiscal sponsor.

The NFF does not consider MAP applications from federal agencies, individuals, for-profit organizations, or regional, state or local governmental entities.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The NFF will hold an informational webinar about the Matching Awards Program on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 11 a.m. MDT.

Register: https://form.typeform.com/to/wIfxZoo5?utm_source=MAPwebpage

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline:

Round 1: January 13, 2021 at 11:59 pm MST
Round 2: June 9, 2021 at 11:59 pm MST

The process from proposal submission to notification of funding generally takes about two months. Organizations may have only one MAP award open at a time and should submit no more than one application per round.

Please contact the NFF well in advance of the application deadline to discuss any eligibility questions. Requesting feedback from NFF staff about eligibility is encouraged to ensure you are submitting a proposal that will not be disqualified.

1:1 match of nonfederal cash funds required. Match must be expended contemporaneously with NFF grant funds and towards completion of the same project. In-kind and federal contributions are ineligible for use as match.

All applications must include a letter of support from the Forest Supervisor of each National Forest or Grassland unit included in a proposal.

Eligibility Questionnaire:
https://www.nationalforests.org/grant-programs/map/eligibility-questionnaire

Webinar Recording: https://vimeo.com/542861796

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Take a quiz to begin the application process: https://nationalforests.typeform.com/to/JAdZzLsK

If you have questions, please contact:
Kerry Morse, Conservation Programs Officer
(406) 830-3358
kmorse@nationalforests.org

National Forest Foundation
Bldg 27, Ste 3, Fort Missoula Rd
Missoula, MT 59804

P: 406.542.2805
F: 406.542.2810

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