Foundation Highlight: National Forest Foundation

Grant Advisors Ray Sweeney and Frank Klimko are constantly on the lookout for good opportunities offering vigorous funding streams. Regularly, our site will highlight a foundation or federal agency which may fall under the radar, but provides funding that can help you achieve your programming goals.

Over the past few weeks, we highlighted the the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the Unitarian Universalist Association, Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, the Office Depot Foundation and Ronald McDonald House Charities and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Emerging Teacher-Leaders in Elementary School Mathematics for Grades Pre-K–5 grants.

This week we want to talk about a group you probably never thought would be giving out grants: the National Forest Foundation. The foundation’s 2015 Matching Awards Program, which focus on the environment will open this fall it’s next round of competition. Expect a January deadline. Past awards ranged from $500 to more than $100,000 each, with most awards in the $20,000-$40,000 range.The last round of funding for this year will open soon, Zia Maumenee, NSF conservation awards associate, tells us. Funding supports projects addressing community-based forest stewardship. MAP focuses on “action-oriented” projects that serve to demonstrate and evaluate measurable outcomes. The competitive program provides challenge/cost-share grants to community-based nonprofits. NFF’s efforts also fund projects for watershed health and restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and recreation/education. All grants require a cash 1:1 match. Federal funds and in-kind contributions should be noted to show leverage for a project, but cannot be matched by MAP funds. Projects must be completed within one year of the award date.

Here is a complete list of past awardees.

Contact: Maumenee,; Adam Liljeblad, director of Conservation Awards, 406/830-3357,

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education.

Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government.

Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.

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