National Forest Foundation Matching Awards Program Solicitation

Please see the full solicitation for complete information about the funding opportunity. Below is a summary assembled by the Research & Innovation Office (RIO).

Program Summary 

The Matching Awards Program (MAP) provides funding for results-oriented on-the-ground projects that enhance forest health and outdoor experiences on National Forest and Grasslands. The current NFF strategic plan focuses on the Program Areas of Outdoor Experiences and Forest Health. Organizations may self-select into one of these Program Areas, or choose to submit a proposal that cohesively integrates the two Program Areas. Projects that strongly integrate the program areas are highly encouraged. The NFF does not have funding targets for the Program Areas, and strongly encourages applicants to integrate the programs areas cohesively in their proposals. In addition to focusing on the above Program Areas, MAP requires projects show a strong commitment to civic engagement and community involvement through direct public participation.

MAP awards federal funds provided through a cooperative agreement from the U.S. Forest Service. Neither MAP funds, nor the funds used to match MAP funds may be used to meet the matching requirements of any other federal award program.


CU Internal Deadline: 11:59pm MST April 16, 2019

Sponsor Application Deadline: 11:59pm MST June 13, 2019

Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

  • Project Summary (up to 2 pages)
  • PI CV / Biosketch
  • Budget Overview (up to 1 page): A basic budget outlining project costs is sufficient; detailed OCG budgets are not required. Please include the source of the required matching funds.

To access the online application, visit:


In order to be eligible for MAP funding, projects must contain significant, legitimate community involvement or civic engagement in the pre-implementation, implementation, or post-implementation phase.

The NFF will not consider MAP applications from educational and research organizations proposing projects that do not show tangible, on-the-ground benefit.

Limited Submission Guidelines

CU Boulder is limited to submitting one application.

Award Information

Average Award Amount: $25,032

% of Proposals Funded: 52%

Award Duration: 12 months

MAP requires a 1:1 cash match of secured nonfederal funds. In-kind contributions are not eligible for use as match but should be documented to show project leverage.