National Forest Foundation

Community Capacity Land Stewardship Program


The National Forest Foundation Community Capacity and Land Stewardship Program (CCLS) provides funding to increase the capacity of organizations implementing large scale restoration projects that benefit National Forests and Grasslands.

Desired Outcomes

CCLS has two primary desired outcomes:

  • Community-based and collaborative organizations are successful in coming to agreement on the design and implementation of watershed and/or landscape scale restoration projects.
  • Community-based organizations and collaborative groups have developed plans for facilitating job creation and retention and business development in their region.


CCLS is limited in scope to projects that benefit National Forests and Grasslands in California (USFS Region 5), Oregon/Washington (USFS Region 6), and the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska (USFS Region 10).


The NFF holds one competitive CCLS round for each of the eligible Forest Service regions each year. Organizations may have only one CCLS award open at a time.

Proposal Deadlines and Requests for Proposals

  • California: December 16, 2014
  • Oregon/Washington: Forthcoming
  • Southeast Alaska: Forthcoming

Notifications of funding selection or rejection are typically made within 12 weeks of the proposal deadline.


501(c)3 nonprofits, universities, and Native American tribes are eligible to receive CCLS grants. If an organization does not meet this eligibility requirement, it must utilize an eligible fiscal sponsor, in compliance with the NFF Policy on Fiscal Sponsorship.

Funding Restrictions

Applications will not be considered from:

  • Federal agencies;
  • Regional, state or local governmental entities;
  • For-profit organizations;
  • Consultants;

The following project types are not eligible for funding:

  • Funding for outreach and/or education as a primary project component;
  • Funding for any form of advocacy or litigation;
  • Funding provided to the U.S. Forest Service or any other federal entity.

Match Requirements

CCLS does not require a cash or in-kind match, but all contributions should be documented to show project leverage.

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. Do not submit letters from District Rangers or any additional letters of support.

Application Process

Applications submission is via an electronic submission process. Submission instructions are listed in the RFP.

Funding Type

CCLS awards federal funds provided through cooperative agreements from individual U.S. Forest Service regions and private sources. CCLS award funds cannot be used to meet the matching requirements of any federal award program.

Typical Awards (2013 -2014)

Average Request: $22,104

Median Request: $23,923

Average Award: $20,781

Median Award: $23,500

% of Proposals Funded: 42%

% of Dollars Requested Funded: 39%

Contact information

If you have questions not answered on this website or in available CCLS Request for Proposals, please feel free to contact Adam Liljeblad, Director, Conservation Awards at 406.830.3357 or