National Forest Foundation

Grant Programs & Resources

NFF Grant 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 and Grasslands can apply for support to complete projects through three distinct grant programs.

Additionally, the NFF provides funding opportunities that address specific strategic initiatives aligned with our mission and goals.

See the table below to find the grant program that is right for your organization or project.

Grant Opportunities

Program Focus Geography Frequency Deadlines Eligibility & Type
Matching Awards Program On-the-Ground Conservation and Restoration Projects that Improve Forest Health and Outdoor Experiences National 2x/yr January 16, 2020 and June 9, 2020 Nonprofits, Universities, Tribes | Open, Competitive Grant Rounds
Community Capacity and Land Stewardship Program Increasing the Capacity of Organizations Implementing Large Scale Restoration Projects Regional (SE Alaska, Oregon/Washington) 1x/Yr/Region Southeast Alaska: December 3, 2019; Oregon/Washington: TBD Nonprofits, Universities, Tribes | Open Competitive Grant Rounds
Ski Conservation and Forest Stewardship Funds On-the-Ground Conservation and Restoration Projects that Improve Forest Health and Outdoor Experiences Multi-local Varies White River NF: December 16, 2019 Nonprofits, Tribes, Universities, State and Local Governments | Open & Closed, Non-Competitive and Competitive Grant Rounds
Treasured Landscapes, Unforgettable Experiences Large Scale Restoration Initiatives At Select Sites Multi-local Varies Invitation-Only Nonprofits, Universities, Tribes, Businesses, State and Local Governments | Invitation-Only

Additional grant opportunity:

Grants from the Innovative Finance for National Forests program, which is administered by partner organization the US Endowment for Forestry and Communities, will support design, development and/or implementation financing mechanisms that both:

  1. Result in conservation benefit to National Forest Lands, and
  2. Attract private investment by the potential to produce significant and measurable financial gain (either money made or money saved) that can be shared with private investors in exchange for their up-front investment in the project.

Note: This program does not fund direct implementation of conservation projects.

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Past Awards

Grantee Resources

Current NFF grant recipients can find resources related to the administration of their award via the link below.

Grantee Work

NFF Grant Supports Rocky Mountain Conservation Crews

In 2014, the Rocky Mountain Conservancy received funding from the National Forest Foundation Matching Awards Program to support additional Conservation Corps crews in the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest.