Funding Opportunities for Late May

Land and Water Conservation Fund Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program through the National Park Service State and Local Assistance Division announced the availability of $15 million set aside for Land and Water Conservation Fund State Assistance grants for a nationally competitive grant program. Eligible U.S. state and local government agencies and federally recognized Indian tribes are invited to submit proposals for matching grants to support projects that would acquire or develop public land for outdoor recreation purposes located within or serving Census-delineated "urbanized areas.” Applications are due by May 20, 2016. More information can be found on the funding announcementpage.

The National Forest Foundation Matching Awards Program is offering Challenge Grants to nonprofits, universities and native tribes for results-oriented on-the-ground projects that enhance outdoor experiences and forest health on National Forests and Grasslands. To learn more, review the Matching Awards Program details. An eligibility questionnaire will determine access to the Request for Proposals (RFP). Grants are awarded for one year, with a match requirement of at least a 1:1 nonfederal cash match. Submission deadline: June 16, 2016. For more information about National Forest Foundation grant programs visit:

The U.S. Forest service has announced the 2017 U.S. Forest Service National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost-Share Grant Program Request for Pre-Proposals (RFP). The Request for Proposals addresses the following priority issues: Developing a National Urban Forestry Funding Assessment and Methodology and Understand Urban Forest Ecosystem/Ecological Services. Proposals are due June 17th, 2016. More information can be found at the National Urban and Community Forest Advisory Council website

The National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Programextends and expands the benefits of the National Park Service to communities throughout the nation. To be considered for technical assistance in 2017 for your community-led conservation and outdoor recreation projects submit your project idea. Project ideas can include a bike path, a water trail, or a park. Apply by June 30th, 2016. See the NPS website for the application and additional information.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Wetlands for Wildlife Program has announced their 2016 REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS (RFA). Competitive Grants for Wetland/Riparian Restoration, Enhancement, & Creation. Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) seeks applications for wetland and riparian restoration, enhancement, and creation projects to support its Wetlands Program Strategic Plan.The intent of this funding is to support the two primary goals of the program: 1) Improve the distribution and abundance of ducks, and opportunities for public waterfowl hunting, 2) Improve the status of declining or at-risk species.  The application deadline is Friday, June 17, 2016. For further information or to provide feedback on any aspect of the Wetlands Program or this RFA, please contact Brian Sullivan, Wetlands Program Coordinator, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Tel. 970-472-4306 or