2021 National Forest Foundation Matching Awards Program

Opportunity Type: Funding

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.

January 13, 2021: Deadline for Round 1 MAP Applications

Summary of Program Requirements

The MAP program supports action-oriented projects that enhance outdoor experiences, forest and ecosystem health, and engage local communities in caring for their public lands.

  • Geographic Scope: National, must benefit US National Forests and Grasslands
    (Note: some restrictions apply in areas where the NFF operates other grant programs)
  • Funding Source: Federal funds via the US Forest Service
  • Eligible Applicants: 501(c)(3) nonprofits, universities, and federally-recognized Native American tribes
  • Match Requirements: 1:1 nonfederal cash match
  • Program Areas: All MAP applications must align with one or both of the NFF’s strategic focus areas of Outdoor Experiences and Forest Health. Applications that cohesively integrate the two program areas are encouraged.
  • Project Timing: Eligible projects are no more than 12 months in duration, and start roughly two months after the application deadline.
  • Letters of Support: All applications must include a letter of support from the Forest Supervisor of each National Forest or Grassland unit included in a proposal.
  • Environmental Compliance: All permitting and environmental compliance work (including but not limited to NEPA) must be complete before submitting a MAP application.