Community Capacity and Land Stewardship Program: Southeast Alaska (Tongass National Forest)

National Forest Foundation (NFF)

Grant amount: Up to US $24,000

Deadline: May 1, 2019 8:59pm PDT

Applicant type: Nonprofit Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Counties in Alaska: Haines Borough, Hoonah-Angoon Census Area, Juneau City and Borough, Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area Expand all

Location of residency: United States

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As one component of the economic diversification strategy, the Alaska Region (R10) of the USDA Forest Service (USFS) and the NFF launched a program to support collaborative natural resource management, benefitting the watersheds of the Tongass National Forest. This Community Capacity and Land Stewardship (CCLS) grant program supports and builds the capacity of organizations that help build sustainable economic opportunities in local communities through natural resource management and watershed restoration.

The NFF offers this program with the financial support of the USFS. It provides one-year grants of up to $24,000 to enable organizations and collaborative groups to build their capacity to convene, plan, and monitor watershed and landscape projects. Additionally, the program strives to help organizations build internal and community capacity to meet objectives associated with the creation of jobs that contribute to the economic sustainability of communities.

This year, there is additional emphasis on projects that support the transition to young growth-based forest management. Work may take place off the Tongass National Forest, but there must be a clear benefit to its watersheds. Organizations are not required to match CCLS Program award funds, but are encouraged to leverage additional private and local, state, or governmental resources to illustrate broad support for the project.

Use of Funds

Recipients may use grant funds for the following categories of work:

  • Outreach and plan development that supports a collaborative group and improves on-the-ground effectiveness;
  • Workshops and training related to facilitation, contracting, and other topics that will assist groups in building their capacity to meet the program goals;
  • Dissemination of best practices and tools to assist community-based nonprofit organizations and collaborative groups in project development, implementation, and monitoring;
  • Organizational and staff support, including facilitation, technical assistance, networking, and peer to peer evaluations leading to shared learning;
  • Travel related to collaborative group activities; and
  • Development of action plans, project strategic documents, or other similar documents as a result of or necessary for collaborative processes.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Applications will be considered from:
    • 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations;
    • regional, state or local governmental entities;
    • colleges and universities; and
    • Native American tribes
  • Applicants must be implementing activities that lead to forest or watershed enhancement activities benefitting the Tongass National Forest.
  • Organizations may have only one CCLS award open at a time.
  • All awarded grants must support the protection, restoration, or enhancement of fish and wildlife habitat and other resources on public or private land, or reduce the risk of natural disaster that upon these resources when public safety is threatened.


  • Applications will not be considered from:
    • Federal Agencies;
    • For-profit organizations;
    • Consultants;
    • Educational and research organizations proposing work that does not advance watershed or landscape-scale improvement;
    • Organizations seeking funding for litigation or advocacy; 
    • Organizations seeking general operating or programmatic support unrelated to the scope of this program; or
    • Organizations considering submitting a proposal for work that cannot be completed within one year of award
  • 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.
  • CCLS funding is not for on-the-ground implementation.

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