Community Capacity and Land Stewardship Program: National Forests in Washington and Oregon

National Forest Foundation (NFF)


Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $24,000

Anticipated deadline: Nov 14, 2018 10:59pm PST

Applicant type: Nonprofit Indigenous Group

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

Location of project: Oregon, Washington

Location of residency: Oregon, Washington

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Overview:

Introduction

The National Forest Foundation (NFF), chartered by Congress, engages America in community-based and national programs that promote the health and public enjoyment of the 193-million-acre National Forest System, and administers private gifts of funds and land for the benefit of the National Forests. The NFF believes that communities should play a significant role in determining the future of our National Forests and Grasslands.

Overview

In Oregon and Washington, the U.S. Forest Service (FS) is supporting collaborative natural resource management through an all-lands approach. The FS believes that it is important to support and build the capacity of collaborative efforts that further enhance natural resource and watershed restoration outcomes while also helping to build sustainable economic capacities in local communities.

The National Forest Foundation offers this grant program in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region to support local collaborative efforts that work toward achieving watershed and landscape restoration objectives. The U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region presently provides all program funding. The program operates with the additional support of implementation partners including Sustainable Northwest, Washington Department of Natural Resources, and Oregon Solutions.

The Community Capacity & Land Stewardship Program provides grants of $5,000 to $24,000 to enable community-based organizations and collaborative groups to build their capacity to facilitate and/or implement watershed or landscape-level restoration. Ancillary goals of the program are to build capacity to help meet other objectives associated with the creation of family wage jobs that contribute to the economic sustainability of communities. Grants are for a period of 12 months. 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. 

Goals

The goals of the program are to ensure community-based organizations and collaborative groups have the capacity and resources to convene, plan, and monitor watershed restoration and landscape-scale restoration projects on National Forest and Grasslands. Work may take place off National Forest and Grasslands if there is a clear benefit to those lands.

As such, this program seeks to fund efforts that will measurably contribute to the following outcomes:

  • Program Outcome 1: Community-based and collaborative organizations within both Washington and Oregon are successful in coming to agreement on the design and implementation of watershed and/or landscape scale restoration projects.
  • Program Outcome 2: Community-based organizations and collaborative groups have developed plans for facilitating job creation and retention and business development in their region.

Applicants should explain how their proposal supports these two primary outcomes and, if successful, provide measurable results at the end of the grant period. Additionally, wherever possible applicants may wish to consider the following outcome as an additional goal:

  • Program Outcome 3: Community-based organizations and collaborative groups are successful in securing additional resources to implement projects and programs leading to job creation and business development.

Use of Funds

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

  • Organizational and staff support, including facilitation, technical assistance, networking and peer to peer evaluations leading to “Lessons Learned”;
  • Travel related to collaborative group activities;
  • Development of action plans, project proposals, etc. as a result of or necessary for collaborative processes;
  • Community outreach that helps support a collaborative group and enables them to be more effective on the ground;
  • 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;
  • Build local support and credibility surrounding the impacts resulting from the restoration or management of federal, state, or private lands.

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

Eligibility:

  • The NFF will accept applications from community-based nonprofit organizations and collaborative groups according to the below definitions.
    • Community-based nonprofit organizations are entities that have a nonprofit tax-exempt status (generally 501(c)(3)), a board of directors, staff, and programs, although some community-based organizations run on volunteers or with very few staff members.
      • These organizations implement projects in the community on their own, through collaborative efforts, or in partnership with other entities, including businesses and county, state, and federal agencies.
      • If the organization does not have 501(c)(3) status, it must utilize a fiscal sponsor with that status.
    • Collaborative groups:
      • are comprised of diverse interests that may represent local, regional, national, and other interests;
      • agree to work together to identify common ground; and
      • agree to advance solutions based on that common ground.
      • Many collaborative groups work out agreements through project development, design, implementation, and monitoring; others simply develop and advance recommendations; and others may do a hybrid of both.
      • If a collaborative group does not have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, it must utilize a fiscal sponsor with that status
    • Federally recognized tribes are the tribal entities recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs by virtue of their status as Indian Tribes, as posted in the federal register. 
  • 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. 

Ineligibility:

  • CCLS funding is not for on-the-ground implementation.
  • These funds cannot fund the personnel or resources of any federal entity.
  • Further, award recipients cannot use funding from grants to lobby or influence any federal, state, or local legislative body or any federal, state, or local legislative proposa


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