Funder to Open Conservation, Stewardship Competition

grantsPrivate Funder: Nat’l Forest Foundation; Opportunity: 2017 Matching Awards Program; Funding Focus: Environment; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: Nonprofits (youth-student programs are encouraged to apply); Funding: Past awards ranged from $500 to more than $100,000 each, with most awards in the $20,000-$40,000 range. Deadlines: TBA, with the next round opening soon; last year’s deadline was Jan. 14.

Summary: 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.

Youth and student groups have won grants in the past. For example, the Chattooga (TN) Fen Collaborative Restoration Project won a grant to involve student volunteers in a project to restore hydrological and ecological function of four acres of Chattoga Fen, a rare wetland; the Walama Restoration Project won a grant for a program involving students who restored a recreation site near Marion Lake. To see a complete list of past awardees, go to:   

The program website is at:    

Info: Adam Liljeblad, director of Conservation Awards, 406/830-3357, (questions).

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