Wilderness Stewardship Challenge

Application Process

Proposals for the Wilderness Stewardship Challenge (WSC) are selected for funding through a one-stage request for proposals. The process, from proposal submission to notification of funding, generally takes about eight weeks.


To Apply:

Please download and review the below documents.  

If you intend to utilize a fiscal sponsor, be sure you understand the NFF Policy on Fiscal Sponsorship.


2014 Deadline

  • January 22, 2014

Please note that all awards made by the NFF in the 2014 Wilderness Stewardship Challenge will be offered contingent on the NFF's receipt of 2014 federal appropriated funds from the U.S. Forest Service.

Who Should Apply?

Applications will be considered from non-federal partners, community-based organizations, Native American tribes and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations implementing action-oriented on-the-ground conservation and citizen-based monitoring projects on or around National Forests or Grasslands.

Who Should Not Apply?

Applications will not be considered from:

  • Federal agencies;
  • Regional, state or local governmental entities;
  • For-profit organizations;
  • Consultants;
  • Educational and research organizations proposing projects that do not show tangible, on-the-ground benefit;
  • Organizations seeking general operating or programmatic support;
  • Organizations seeking funding for litigation or advocacy;
  • Organizations that cannot produce a 1:1 cash match of non-federal, project-directed funds.
  • Organizations considering submitting a proposal for a project that cannot be completed within one year of award.



If you have questions about the program or your proposal after reading the Request for Proposals below, please contact Adam Liljeblad, Conservation Awards Director, via email at aliljeblad@nationalforests.org or by phone at (406) 830-3357.


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