National Forest Foundation’s Matching Awards Program

Deadline: July 18, 2011
The National Forest Foundation, the nonprofit partner of the U.S. Forest Service, is committed to facilitating local involvement and encouraging community participation in forest stewardship to enhance the viability of natural resources.


The Matching Awards Program is a grant program that provides matching funds for direct action-oriented on-the-ground conservation and citizen-based monitoring projects on or around national forests and grasslands. The NFF encourages organizations to focus their projects within at least one area of programmatic emphasis: wildlife habitat improvement, recreation, watershed health and restoration, and community-based forestry. In addition to focusing on one or more of the above four veins of stewardship, the NFF requires projects to show a strong commitment to civic engagement and community involvement through the direct involvement of the public in on-the-ground conservation, restoration, and monitoring projects.
Eligible applicants are non-federal partners, community-based organizations, Native American tribes and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations implementing action-oriented on-the-ground conservation and citizen-based monitoring projects on or around National Forests or Grasslands.
Past awards have ranged from $500 to over $100,000, with a mean of $30,000 and a median of $25,000. All awards require at least a 1:1 cash match of non-federal funds.

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