Monday, June 27, 2011

Matching Grants for Nonprofits, Native American tribes, and Universities Doing Conservation Benefitting National Forests or Grasslands in the U.S.

From The Foundation Center...

[For more information on this grant opportunity, click "Link to Complete RFP" at the end of this post].

Deadline: July 18, 2011

National Forest Foundation's Matching Awards Program to Support Community Stewardship Projects

The National Forest Foundation, (NFF) 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 NFF is soliciting proposals for its Matching Awards Program, 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 position their proposed projects within at least one of its areas of programmatic emphasis — wildlife habitat improvement, recreation, watershed health and restoration, and community-based forestry.

The NFF will accept applications from nongovernmental, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, Native American tribes, and universities doing on-the-ground conservation work that benefits national forests or grasslands in the U.S.

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. MAP funding is available to support specific conservation and restoration projects and does not provide general programmatic support. Projects must be completed within one year.

Visit the NFF Web site for complete program guidelines, an FAQ, and the pre-application questionnaire.

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