Matching Awards Program

Agency: National Forest Foundation
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About The Program

The National Forest Foundation (NFF) Matching Awards Program (MAP) provides funding for results-oriented on-the-ground projects that enhance forest health and outdoor experiences on National Forests and Grasslands. MAP supports the implementation of on-the-ground conservation and restoration projects that have an immediate, quantifiable impact on the National Forest System. These projects provide a lasting impact to the lands, waters, and wildlife of the National Forest System through the alteration of the physical environment.

The current NFF strategic plan focuses on the Program Areas of Outdoor Experiences and Forest Health. Organizations may self-select into either the Outdoor Experiences or Forest Health Program Areas, or choose to submit a proposal that cohesively integrates the two Program Areas. The NFF does not have funding targets for the program areas, and strongly encourages applicants to integrate the program areas cohesively in their proposals. In addition to focusing on these program areas, MAP requires projects show a strong commitment to civic engagement and community involvement through direct public involvement.

501(c)(3) nonprofits, universities, and Native American tribes are eligible to receive MAP grants. If an organization does not meet this eligibility requirement, it must utilize an eligible fiscal sponsor. MAP projects do not necessarily need to occur within the boundaries of a National Forest or National Grassland, however, all projects must be able to show direct benefit back to these lands. However, the vast majority of funded projects take place directly on National Forests or Grasslands.

Contact Info

Adam Liljeblad Director, Conservation Awards (406) 830-3357

Agency Contacts

National Forest Foundation National Office
(406) 542-2805

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