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Ski Conservation Fund (SCF) and Forest Stewardship Fund (FSF) Grant - Lincoln National Forest

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Universities, Agencies,
and Tribes for Environmental Preservation Projects

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National Forest Foundation Ski Conservation Fund (SCF) and Forest Stewardship Fund (FSF)

Deadline Date:

04/17/19 11:59 MDT


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Grants to USA nonprofits, IHEs, agencies, and tribes for environmental conservation projects in the Lincoln National Forest. Funding is intended to involve the community in outdoor experiences and projects that improve forest health. Organizations may select one program area - Outdoor Experiences or Forest Health - or combine them. Projects that strongly integrate the program areas are highly encouraged. In addition, funding preference will be given to projects that directly engage disadvantaged or underserved populations within local communities proximate to the Lincoln National Forest.

In addition to focusing on the program areas above, SCF requires projects show a strong commitment to civic engagement and community involvement through direct public participation. In order to be eligible for SCF funding, projects must contain significant, legitimate community involvement or civic engagement in the pre-implementation, implementation, or post-implementation phase. Typically, this involves the use of volunteers in project implementation, or the implementation of projects selected as an outcome of a formal collaborative-planning process.

Outdoor Experiences: The NFF supports results-oriented, on-the-ground, projects that improve the quality, condition, and care of Outdoor Experiences on National Forests by:
- Improving, or maintaining recreation resource connectivity including, and similar to: trail maintenance, bridge and crossing construction or repair, and installation of trail drainage structures; and/or
- Engaging youth, volunteers, or diverse, underserved or under-engaged populations in hands-on stewardship activities; and/or
- Employing youth and/or veterans crews to implement on-the-ground conservation, stewardship and/or restoration work.
- Projects should generate tangible conservation outcomes or enhance high quality recreational experiences for the users of the National Forest System.

Forest Health: The NFF supports results-oriented, on-the-ground, citizen-involved projects that maintain and/or restore ecosystem resiliency on National Forests by:
- Promoting forest structural complexity, function and diversity over time; and/or
- Promoting forest health through the removal or control of non-native invasive species, and/or reintroduction of native plants and trees.
- Projects should be consistent with or supportive of identified large-scale conservation initiatives. The NFF will only consider monitoring projects focused on determining the long-term effectiveness of NFF funded on-the-ground work.

Examples of integrated projects include, but are not limited to:
- Engaging community volunteers to complete riparian plantings as part of a watershed-scale restoration project;
- Utilizing youth crews from underserved communities to complete habitat stewardship work and forest stand treatments.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169187

Term of Contract:

The proposed project period should be no more than 12 months long and start at least 6 weeks after the application deadline for the round.

The award period for projects funded in the 2019 Lincoln SCF Round will likely begin in June 2019 and run for 12 months. All activities funded by the NFF grant and its associated matching funds must occur within the award period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

501(c)(3) nonprofits, universities, state and local governments, and Native American tribes are eligible to receive SCF grants.

Funds for the Outdoor Experiences program area cannot support improvements of hardened facilities including, and similar to: campgrounds, parking lots, restrooms, visitor centers, and major signage.

Applications will not be considered from:
- Federal agencies;
- 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 50% cash or in-kind match of non-federal, project-directed funds.
- Organizations considering submitting a proposal for a project that cannot be completed within one year of award.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by April 17, 2019 at 11:59 PM MDT.

All applications must include a letter of support from the District Ranger of each Ranger District included in a proposal.

Funds are awarded on a rolling basis as contributions accrue, via competitive and noncompetitive grant processes. Notifications of funding selection or rejection are typically made within 12 weeks of the proposal deadline.

All SCF awards require a 50% nonfederal cash or in-kind match. Federal funds are not eligible to serve as match, but should be noted to show project leverage.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register and apply online:

Email Letters of Support to:

Contact the NFF with additional questions regarding SCF or the grant application process:
Adam J. Liljeblad, Director, Conservation Awards
National Forest Foundation
(406) 830-3357

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