Kootenai National Forest - Grants Listings
National Forest Foundation Program Schedules:
The National Forest Foundation recently revised its guidelines for the Matching Awards Program, the Wilderness Stewardship Challenge and the Community Assistance Program. The newly revised requests for proposals are posted on the National Forest Foundation's website which is http://www.nationalforestfoundation.org. If you are working with nonprofit partners, you may want to remind them of these programs that are available to them. The dates for submitting pre-applications and proposalsare listed below with the direct webaddress to the individual programs.
Matching Awards Program:
First round of pre-applications are due to NFF by Friday, January 27th, 2006 and the second round of preapplications are due to NFF by July 28, 2006. Nonprofit organizations can apply for matching funding twice a year for hands-on stewardship projects with measurable on the ground benefits to National Forests and Grasslands. Areas of interest include: community-based forestry, watershed health and restoration, recreation, and wildlife habitat improvement. The Foundation has five geographic focus areas: Oregon Coast and Central Cascades, the Central Colorado Rockies, The Selway-Bitterroot Mountains in Montana and Idaho, the Southern Appalachians and the Central Sierra; but funding is available and applications are encouraged nationwide. The web address for the Matching Awards program is: http://www.nationalforestfoundation.org/consp_04_map.html
Community Assistance Program:
First round proposals are due to NFF by April 28, 2006 and second round proposals are due by September 8, 2006. Newly forming organizations can apply for start up grants of $5,000 to $15,000 to meet organizational capacity-building and technical assistance needs over a two-year timeline. Established organizations are ineligible to apply. The web address for the Community Assistance Program is: http://www.nationalforestfoundation.org/consp_05_cap.html
Wilderness Stewardship Challenge:
Proposals are due for receipt by Friday, March 3, 2006. During the 40th anniversary of the Wilderness Act the Forest Service issued a Wilderness Stewardship Challenge, calling for all Congressionally designated wilderness areas to be managed to standard in the next decade. The NFF will increase the resources available to meet this challenge by providing matching grants of up to $50,000 to nonprofit partners to implement restoration-related projects that directly benefit wilderness areas within the National Forest System. The web address for the Wilderness Stewardship Challenge is: http://www.nationalforestfoundation.org/wilderness_stewardship_guidelines.html
2006 Challenge Cost Share Program for the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail:
Applications must be postmarked no later than January 20, 2006. There are no exceptions to the deadline. This program administered by the National Park Service makes available matching funds to nonfederal organizations for projects that provide new or enhanced opportunities for resource protection, interpretation, or recreation at sites or segments on the Lewis and Clark NHT. Guidelines require that NPS funds be matched on a one-to-one basis with nonfederal funds and/or donated in kind services. The maximum amount to be awarded for each project is $250,000 and the minimum is $2,000. General program information, selection criteria and the 2006 application are available from the following web site: http://www.nps.gov/lecl/Administration&Grants/CCS/2006/CCS06info.htm
2006 Linking Girls to the Land Council Grants:
Applications must be received by GSUSA (Girl Scouts of the USA) by January 27, 2006. If you work with the Girl Scouts, or would like to, local girl scout councils can apply for grants up to $2,500 to develop collaborative projects with federal natural resource agencies. The purpose of the program is to work with agencies to provide projects that offer girl scouts opportunities to participate in conservation ed, volunteer service and/or outdoor skills development (and to learn about environmental, science and natural resource career opportunities). Coincidentally, these same goals were discussed at the Forest Service Centennial Forums and Congress. For more information contact Jodi L. Stewart, (212) 852-8076 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: http://www.epa.gov/linkinggirls
Some Important Upcoming Dates and Training Opportunities:
After January 12th: A Web Cast from the 2006 Partners Outdoors meeting will be available on the internal Forest Service web via a link at fs.fed.us/recreation. A preview of the new "partnership toolbox" produced by the American Recreation Coalition and other program information will be available. The webcast will be available for 60 days when posted and should be accessible by the standard media players installed on Forest Service laptops and desktops.
January 17 - 19, 2006: Strategies and Tools for Successful Collaborative Processes will be held in Missoula. The November session of this course received great reviews from attendees about helping them to develop collaborative process management skills and approaches. If you are interested in attending this workshop, contact Cynthia Manning (406-329-3240) as soon as possible. Participants should have some facilitation training and/or experience.
February 27 - March 1, 2006: Montana Communities and Wildfire Conference: Developing Collaborative Solutions to Protect Montana Communities from Wildland Fire. The agenda for this conference looks very good and should be of help to individuals working to develop and implement community protection plans and/or build long term relationships with community partners. The conference begins at 8:00 a.m. on the 27th in Helena. Information is available on-line at: http://www.dnrc.mt.gov (Note: there may be a similar conference in Idaho this fall. It is on the agenda to be discussed by the Idaho advisory committee in January.)
March 5 - 8, 2006: Empowering Partnerships, the Annual Convention of the Association of Partners for Public Lands in Little Rock Arkansas. One of the featured speakers at this year's convention is Richard Louv, futurist and journalist focused on family, nature and community and the author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. This conference also features many workshops for working with partners, cooperative and interpretive associations. For more information, APPL's website is: http://www.appl.org/
March 27 (1:00 p.m.) - March 29 (ending at 11:30 a.m.): Conflict Partnership Workshop (part of the Regional Training Academy in Missoula). The Conflict Partnership Workshop is designed for people and groups from a wide range of service fields including government agencies, community service organizations, education, mediation and management across cultures. It is also excellent for individuals wishing to use the skills of conflict resolution in family, local or workplace situations. The Conflict Partnership Process provides parties with specific proven skills to empower themselves to move beyond impasse, deal effectively with immediate conflicts, and build improved relationships that are sustainable. This process goes beyond traditional “bargaining mediation” approaches and builds within the conflict parties the capacity to deal effectively with the roots of a conflict in a sustainable way rather than “fixing” a particular conflict through making concessions. These skills are useful to individuals who are leading, facilitating or participating in collaborative planning efforts. Registration for this course is through the RTA website (which should be operational by mid-January). There is a tuition for this course ($175). I think you have to have an AGLEARN profile and password to register for RTA workshops these days. If you have partners or community members that you would like to attend, contact me and we can discuss options for having them participate. If you need help navigating the RTA Site, contact Kathy Engstrom at (406) 329-3449. If these dates aren't good for you and you want to attend this workshop, the Montana Consensus Council may be offering this same course in Helena on January 17 through 19th.
April 9 - 11, 2006: Montana Governor's Conference on Tourism and Recreation (in Helena). Watch the Travel Montana Website for conference details and information to be posted in January: http://www.travelmontana.mt.gov/conference/agenda.shtm
May 18 & 19, 2006: Idaho Governor's Conference on Tourism and Recreation is scheduled for Lewiston, Idaho (at the Red Lion Motel). The council is meeting in January to finalize the agenda. However, when information becomes available it should be posted on the Idaho Department of Commerce website, Main Tourism link at: http://tourism.idaho.gov/ConferencesandWorkshops/
June 3, 2006: National Trails Day. Visit the American Hiking Society's website to register an event: http://www.americanhiking.org/events/ntd/
September 30, 2006: National Public Lands Day. For information or to post and event on the website, visit: www.npld.com or the National Environmental Education and Training Foundation at: http://www.neetf.org/
October 19-22, 2006: National Trails Symposium. This year's theme is Trails for America: Every Where, Every Way, Every Day for America's largest gathering of trail supporters, planners and managers. The meeting is in the Quad Cities of Iowa and Illinois and I believe will be showcasing river front greenways, rails to trails and other projects. Details are on the American Trails website at: http://www.americantrails.org/quad/index.html