Ski Conservation Fund (SCF) and Forest Stewardship Fund: White River National Forest

National Forest Foundation (NFF)

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Anticipated deadline: Dec 12, 2019 10:59pm PST

Applicant type: Nonprofit College / University Indigenous Group Elementary / Secondary School

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Colorado: Eagle County, Garfield County, Gunnison County, Mesa County, Moffat County Expand all

Location of residency: United States

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The National Forest Foundation Ski Conservation Fund (SCF) and Forest Stewardship Fund (FSF) provide funding for action-oriented on-the-ground or citizen-based monitoring projects that improve forest health and outdoor experiences on National Forests and Grasslands. Award funds come from guest contributions at ski areas and lodges operating on or adjacent to National Forest System lands, with added National Forest Foundation federal funds for SCF.

SCF and FSF support the implementation of on-the-ground conservation and restoration projects that have an immediate, quantifiable impact on the National Forest System. These projects provide a lasting impact to the lands, waters, and wildlife of the National Forest System through the alteration of the physical environment.

SCF and FSF supports the strategic focus areas of Forest Health and Outdoor Experiences.

Outdoor Experiences

SCF and FSF support 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 (15-25), volunteers, or diverse, underserved or under-engaged populations in hands-on stewardship activities; and/or
  • Employing youth (15-25) and/or veterans crews to implement on-the-ground conservation, stewardship and/or restoration work.

Forest Health

SCF and FSF support results-oriented, on-the-ground, citizen-involved projects that maintain and/or restore forest resiliency 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.

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  • Funds are geographically restricted to White River National Forest, Colorado.
  • 501(c)3 nonprofits, universities, and Native American tribes are eligible to receive SCF and FSF 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.
  • CF and FSF projects must show a strong commitment to civic engagement and community involvement through the direct involvement of the public.
    • In order for a project to be eligible for funding, it must have significant, direct community involvement or civic engagement in the pre-implementation, implementation, or post-implementation phases. 
  • SCF and FSF awards require a 50% nonfederal match of cash or in-kind contributions.


  • Outdoor Experiences: Projects that generate tangible conservation outcomes while enhancing high quality recreational experiences for the users of the National Forest System will receive weighted advantage.
  • Forest Health: Projects that are consistent with or supportive of large-scale conservation initiatives will receive weighted advantage.


  • Outdoor Experiences:  Funds cannot support improvements of hardened facilities including, and similar to: campgrounds, parking lots, restrooms, visitor centers, and major signage.
  • SCF funds may not be used to meet the matching requirements of any other federal award program.
  • Applications will not be considered from: 
    • Federal agencies
    • Regional, state or local governmental entities
    • For-profit organizations
    • Consultants
    • Educational and research organizations proposing projects that do not show tangible, on-the-ground benefit
    • Organizations that cannot produce a 50% cash match of non-federal, project-directed contributions
    • Organizations considering submitting a proposal for a project 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;
    • General operating or programmatic support;
    • Funding for any form of advocacy or litigation;
    • Funding provided to the U.S. Forest Service or any other federal entity.