The National Forest Foundation (NFF) will host an informational webinar on the Matching Awards Program on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm MST to provide an overview and answer questions.
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The NFF is currently soliciting proposals for its Matching Awards Program (MAP), a grant program that provides federal funds for direct on-the-ground projects benefitting America’s National Forests and Grasslands. By pairing federal funds provided through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Forest Service with non-federal dollars raised by award recipients, MAP measurably multiplies the resources available to implement stewardship projects that benefit the National Forest System.
A common thread connecting NFF program areas is an interest in results-oriented projects that enhance the viability of natural resources while benefitting and directly engaging surrounding communities. The NFF accepts applications from non-governmental, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations and Native American tribes working on or adjacent to National Forests and Grasslands throughout the United States. Through MAP, organizations completing on-the-ground conservation work can apply for matching funds up to twice a year, though only one MAP award may be active at any time. MAP funding is available to support specific conservation and restoration projects and does not provide programmatic support. Please note this distinction.
MAP project selection occurs twice each year through single-stage proposal rounds. In each round, the NFF evaluates submitted proposals and provides funding to a subset. The process from proposal submission to notification of funding generally takes about two months.
All MAP awards require a 1:1 nonfederal cash match, with secured and anticipated funding clearly identified in the project Financial Plan. In-kind contributions and federal funds are not eligible to serve as match. Please document these additional contributions to show project leverage. Award recipients cannot provide MAP award funds to the U.S. Forest Service or any other federal entity.
This webinar will review the MAP purpose and goals, submission requirements, important changes to the matching process, best practices, and provide an opportunity for Q&A.
For more information on the Matching Awards Program, visit: nationalforests.org/grant-programs/map