Chartered by Congress, the National Forest Foundation engages Americans in community-based and national programs that promote the health and public enjoyment of the 193-million-acre National Forest System.
To help advance that mission, the NFF Matching Awards Program (MAP) provides funding for on-the-ground results-oriented projects that enhance forest health and outdoor experiences in national forests and grasslands.
The program has identified two focus areas for 2021:
Outdoor Experiences — Projects should generate tangible conservation outcomes or enhance quality recreational experiences for users of the national forest system and improve or maintain recreation resource connectivity, including but not limited to trail maintenance, bridge and crossing construction or repair, and installation of trail drainage structures; and/or engage youth, volunteers, or diverse, underserved or under-engaged populations in hands-on stewardship activities; and/or employ youth and/or veterans crews in implementing on-the-ground conservation, stewardship, and/or restoration work.
Forest Health — Projects should be consistent with or supportive of identified large-scale conservation initiatives and promote ecosystem structure, function, and diversity; and/or promote forest health through the removal or control of non-native invasive species and/or the reintroduction of native plants and trees.
Applicants may self-select into one of the program areas and/or are encouraged to submit a proposal that cohesively integrates the two. (Examples of integrated projects include engaging community volunteers to complete riparian plantings as part of a watershed-scale restoration project or utilizing youth crews from underserved communities to complete habitat stewardship work and forest stand treatments.)
In addition, the MAP opportunity requires that projects show a strong commitment to civic engagement and community involvement through direct public participation (although it is not necessary for the community engagement piece to occur in the portion of the project receiving MAP funding).
A non-federal, project-direct, 1:1 match is required.
A webinar detailing the opportunity will be held on December 10, 2020.
Eligible applicants include nonprofits with tax exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, universities, and Native American tribes. Organizations may also use an eligible fiscal sponsor.
See the National Forest Foundation website for complete program guidelines, application instructions, and/or to register for the webinar.