Funding Opportunity: Community Capacity Land Stewardship Award Program

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There is a long history of collaboration associated with watershed restoration in the Pacific Northwest states of Oregon and Washington to address both local natural resource and rural economic development challenges. By working together, USDA agencies (U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), and Rural Development (RD)) are demonstrating their commitment to supporting collaborative efforts that further enhance natural resource and watershed restoration outcomes while also helping to build sustainable, economic capacities in local communities.

Through this new Community Capacity Land Stewardship grant program in Oregon and Washington the U.S. Forest Service and NRCS Oregon State Office will provide capacity building support for local collaborative efforts that work toward achieving watershed restoration objectives. The purpose of this grant program is to provide the tools and support necessary to achieve watershed and landscape scale restoration while also furthering goals that contribute to the economic sustainability of communities.Working collaboratively, these USDA agencies (USFS, NRCS, RD) are partnering with Sustainable Northwest, Oregon Solutions, and the National Forest Foundation to create and implement this innovative capacity building grant program in support of collaboratives and community based organizations throughout Region 6.

Through this grant program the National Forest Foundation will administer funds to help collaboratives and community-based organizations address their capacity building needs that further their on-the-ground watershed restoration goals. Grants will be awarded for a one-year period and are available from $5,000 - $24,000.

2011 Deadlines
Round 1 : Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Round 2 : Friday, April 29, 2011

If you have questions about the program or your proposal, please contact Adam Liljeblad via email or at (406) 830-3357.

To Apply:
Download and review the following documents:

CCLS Request for Proposals Revised 4/7/11
CCLS Coversheet
CCLS Financial Plan

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have any intention to expand the program to other areas or in other years?
We would love to be able to expand the program in the future, but we presently only have funding to run the program for two grant rounds, and in the states of Oregon and Washington.

I’m interested in applying for another grant from the NFF. Can I apply for both this CCLS grant and another NFF grant?
Absolutely, partners can have multiple active NFF grants, as long as they are from different grant programs. Partners cannot have multiple grants open within the same grant program at any point in time.

Can you better explain how things work with the two grant rounds?
The two rounds are separate grant processes which require separate applications. If you’re turned down in the first round, you can reapply in the second, but, as mentioned above, if you’re approved in the first round, you’re not eligible to receive a grant again in the second round.

What’s the active timeframe for these grants?
The grants are valid for one year, beginning on the official date of award, which is typically six to ten weeks after the proposal deadline for that round. All grant activities must occur within that time frame.

Does my organization need to have 501(c)(3) status to apply for a grant to the NFF?
Typically, Yes. If your organization does not have 501(c)(3) status you will need to utilize an organization with that status as a fiscal sponsor, and they will need to apply on your behalf. The only exceptions to this are for universities or Native American tribes, who are eligible to receive funding under other sections of the IRS code. If you would like to utilize a fiscal sponsor, be sure you understand the NFF’s policy on fiscal sponsorship.

What sort of match is required?
CCLS grants do not require a formal match, but we always like to see grant funds leveraged. If you have other private or federal funds, or in-kind contributions that you expect to be contributed to the project, be sure to show them on the financial plan form.

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