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.

Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
National Forest Foundation $ 3,000,000   2012-04-022015-09-30
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Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

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.

Eligibility Requirements

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.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

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 Procedures

Not Applicable.


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.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

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.

Post Assistance Requirements


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.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-1106-0-1-302 - National Forest System; 12-1103-0-1-302 - Capital Improvement and Maintenance; 12-1105-0-1-302 - State and Private Forestry; 12-1104-0-1-302 - Forest and Rangeland Research; 12-1115-0-1-302 - Wildland Fire Management.


(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 16 Not Available; FY 17 est $3,000,000; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available - 1:1 matching requirement.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not Applicable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Ellen Shaw 201 14th Street SW, Suite 4NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20250-1158 Phone: 202-205-8336

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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