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National Forest Foundation matching awards program accepting grant applications

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MONTANA – Please share with our partners. Grant applications for on-the-ground work benefiting National Forests and Grasslands are now being accepted for the National Forest Foundation’s Matching Awards Program. Since 2001, the NFF has awarded over $2.5 million in MAP grants to projects across the country.  

Nonprofit organizations, universities, and Native American Tribes are eligible to receive MAP funding. The deadline for MAP applications is June 13, 2019. Click ahead for full details on NFF’s grant programs.  

Partner organizations will be pleased to note that the program's matching requirements have changed recently. While a 1:1 cash match of nonfederal funds is still required, organizations no longer need to mail a physical check the NFF to document matching funds. Scanned and emailed documentation is all that is needed to release NFF grant funds.

If you have questions about the matching requirements or eligibility, feel free to reach out to Adam Liljeblad via email (aliljeblad@nationalforests.org) or phone - (406) 830-3357.

If you would like to receive direct notice of NFF grant opportunities, webinars, and other resources, sign up for the NFF’s Taproot Conservation eNewsletter.

The National Forest Foundation is the congressionally-chartered nonprofit partner of the USDA Forest Service. The National Forest Foundation was created with a simple mission: bring people together to restore and enhance our National Forests and Grasslands. NFF works with the agency, other partner, and thousands of Americans each year to promote the health and public enjoyment of our National Forest System, connecting communities and organizations to the tools, knowledge, and funding to become active stewards of this incredible public estate.

Group of volunteers in yellow safety helmets work out on a restoration field project
Arroyo Seco Foundation – project funded in 2016 on the Angeles National Forest “To engage and reconnect to nature all Angelinos with access to the Angeles National Forest, through a diversified range of volunteer work, which will help restore watersheds in Southern California.” Photo courtesy of National Forest Foundation.
Volunteers working on a hillside resotration project
Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado – project funded in 2018 on the Arapaho-Roosevelt, Pike-San Isabel, Rio Grande, and Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests “To engage volunteers in making a sweat and muscle investment at 10 sites on four forests throughout Colorado to improve Colorado’s outdoor recreation assets, enhance trail access and connectivity, and promote forest and ecosystem resiliency.” Photo courtesy of Aleks Haugom.