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    • 09 Jan 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (MST)
    • Audio Conference Details: Conference Number(s): 1-800-576-6614 To join the web conference:


    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[1]. 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:

    • 17 Apr 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (AKDT)
    • Audio Conference Details: Conference Number(s): 1-800-576-6614 To join the web conference:


    The NFF will host an informational webinar on the Community Capacity & Land Stewardship (CCLS) program on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm AKDT to provide an overview and answer questions.

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    As part of a broader economic diversification strategy for Southeast Alaska communities, US Department of Agriculture (USDA) agencies are collaborating with business leaders, state and federal agencies, and other partners to support sustainable job growth and healthy communities. Strengthening the capacity of rural communities to respond to new economic opportunities and be responsible stewards of their rich natural resources is essential to achieving these goals.

    As one component of the economic diversification strategy, the Alaska Region (R10) of the USDA Forest Service (USFS) and the NFF launched a program to support collaborative natural resource management, benefitting the watersheds of the Tongass National Forest. This Community Capacity and Land Stewardship (CCLS) grant program supports and builds the capacity of organizations that help build sustainable economic opportunities in local communities through natural resource management and watershed restoration.

    The NFF offers this program with the financial support of the USFS. It provides one-year grants of up to $24,000 to enable organizations and collaborative groups to build their capacity to convene, plan, and monitor watershed and landscape projects. Additionally, the program strives to help organizations build internal and community capacity to meet objectives associated with the creation of jobs that contribute to the economic sustainability of communities. This year, there is additional emphasis on projects that support the transition to young growth-based forest management. Work may take place off the Tongass National Forest, but there must be a clear benefit to its watersheds. Organizations are not required to match CCLS Program award funds, but are encouraged to leverage additional private and local, state, or governmental resources to illustrate broad support for the project.

    This webinar will review the CCLS purpose and goals, submission requirements, best practices, and provide an opportunity for Q&A.

    For more information on the CCLS program, visit

If you have any questions about the above NFF Events please contact 

Emily Struss at or 406-830-3360, or

Emily Olsen at or 406-830-3369

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