National Forest Foundation


The purposes of the National Forest Foundation are to encourage, accept, and administer private gifts of money, and of real and personal property for the benefit of, or in connection with, the activities and services of the Forest Service of the Department of Agriculture; undertake and conduct activities that further the purposes for which units of the National Forest System are established and are administered and that are consistent with approved forest plans; and undertake, conduct and encourage educational, technical and other assistance, and other activities that support the multiple use, research, cooperative forestry and other programs administered by the Forest Service.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: Forest Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Direct Payments for Specified Use
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
National Forest Foundation Act, Public Law 101-593-Title IV-Nov. 16, 1990, as amended by Public Law 103-106 Oct. 12, 1993. Omnibus Consolidated and Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, Public Law 105-277, Title II, Oct. 21, 1998.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Program is authorized for the National Forest Foundation under National Forest Foundation Act, Public Law 101-593 as amended by Public Law 103-106.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Potential beneficiaries include non-governmental, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations and Native American tribes working on or adjacent to National Forests and Grasslands throughout the United States.
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. National Forest Foundation shall submit a Federal Financial Assistance application SF-424 annually based on the amount of Congressionally appropriated funds.
Award Procedure
Not Applicable.
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Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not Applicable.
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How are proposals selected?
Not Applicable.
How may assistance be used?
To aid conservation partnership projects in support of the Forest Service mission, without regard to when the Foundation incurs expenses, for administrative expenses or projects on or benefitting National Forest System lands or related to Forest Service programs: Provided, That the Foundation shall obtain, by the end of the period of Federal financial assistance, private contributions to match on at least one-for-one basis funds made available by the Forest Service: Provided further, That the Foundation may transfer Federal funds to Federal or a non-Federal recipient for a project at the same rate that the recipient has obtained the non-Federal matching funds.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Accomplishment reports as set forth in the annual award letter are required. Quarterly performance reports are required. In addition, NFF is required to submit quarterly Federal Financial Reports (SF-425s). These documents are to be submitted on the same schedule (within 30 days of the close of each quarter). The Forest Service program manager shall conduct monitoring activities to track program accomplishments. No cash reports are required. No progress reports are required. Actual expenditures are detailed on each request for reimbursement and/or advance liquidation request. The Forest Service program manager shall conduct monitoring activities to track program accomplishments.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements.
National Forest Foundation shall maintain programmatic and accounting records applicable to each annual award for a period of not less than 3 years after the completion of all activities thereunder.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 50.%. 50% matching funds to be provided from private contributions.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Not Applicable. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Ellen Shaw 201 14th Street SW, Suite 4NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20250-1158 Phone: 202-205-8336
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
12-1103-0-1-302 - Capital Improvement and Maintenance; 12-1115-0-1-302 - Wildland Fire Management; 12-1104-0-1-302 - Forest and Rangeland Research; 12-1105-0-1-302 - State and Private Forestry; 12-1106-0-1-302 - National Forest System.
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 14 $3,000,000; FY 15 est $3,000,000; and FY 16 est $3,000,000 - 1:1 matching requirement.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not Applicable.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not Applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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