Grant Programs

Working Together with Our Partners

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Volunteers from Chelan-Douglas Land Trust Help build trail on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

The National Forest Foundation (NFF) is the only conservation organization solely focused on addressing the challenges that face America's National Forests and Grasslands. The NFF stands apart from similar organizations through its commitment to facilitating local involvement and encouraging grassroots participation in the stewardship of our public lands.

The NFF provides financial and technical support to our partner organizations and raises funds to measurably multiply the total contributions to local conservation initiatives. Involving a variety of stakeholders in forest stewardship provides further leverage by expanding the number and quality of skills dedicated to ensuring successful outcomes.

The NFF provides a suite of grant programs supporting place-based organizations to accomplish on-the-ground conservation work and build internal capacity, in order to increase the impact and benefits to their community, environment and economy. This "Continuum of Assistance" is designed to assist communities, through grants and technical assistance, to launch and grow collaborative efforts engaging their local stakeholders in the stewardship of our National Forests and Grasslands.

On-the-Ground Conservation Programs

Through its on-the-ground conservation programs, the National Forest Foundation supports action-oriented projects that directly enhance the health and well-being of America's National Forests and Grasslands and that engage the public in stewardship. Nonprofit organizations dedicated to addressing natural resource issues on National Forests can apply for matching funds to complete projects through three distinct grant programs.

Read more about the NFF's On-the-Ground Programs .

Capacity-Building Programs

Through our work in the field of collaborative conservation over the past decade, we have increasingly appreciated the importance and effectiveness of a "full package" approach to support community-based conservation (funding, technical assistance, mentoring, capacity-building workshops, and facilitation of peer learning opportunities to enable sharing of stories and best practices).

The National Forest Foundation supports the field of collaboration to meet the needs of collaborative efforts at various stages of growth and capacity. We seek to nurture groups along their path with capacity-building grants , technical support and resources , and access to peers in the field to enhance the groups' knowledge and skills.

Read more about the NFF's Capacity-Building Programs .

The Barrett Foundation Prize

The Barrett Foundation Business plan challenge aims to provide an integrative learning experience for participating undergraduate, graduate, or post-doctoral students. The BPC challenges academic teams to work in a cross-disciplinary effort to develop business plans that focus on the challenge of finding market-based incentives to address forest stewardship challenges on National Forest System lands. A total of $100,000 is available to be shared among wining academic teams.

Read more about The Barrett Foundation Prize

Unsure which program fits your group? Check out our Continuum of Assistance chart.

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