Current Projects

Landscape Scale Restoration

Through funding from the USDA Forest Service, First Nations is providing technical assistance and capacity support grants to tribal entities interested in pursuing the US Forest Service’s Landscape Scale Restoration grant opportunity.

The Landscape Scale Restoration Program is a competitive federal grant opportunity that seeks to promote collaborative, science-based restoration of priority forest landscapes. Projects funded through this opportunity are meant to cross multiple jurisdictions to address large-scale issues such as wildfire risk reduction, watershed protection and restoration, and invasive species management.

Basic Funding Opportunity Information:

  • Tribes, tribal organizations as defined in 25 USC 5304 (I) 2, and Alaska Native Corporations are eligible to submit projects, among other eligible entities;
  • Funds can only be used on nonindustrial private forest land or state forest land in rural areas. Rural land is defined as lands located outside of urbanized areas that have a population of less than 50,000 people;
  • Projects can be conducted on rural non-industrial land, rural State Forest land, and/or Indian trust lands. Tribal lands include Tribal trust land held both by Tribes and individuals and Tribally-owned fee lands. Funding cannot be used for work on Federal lands;
  • Matching is encouraged, but federally recognized tribes and Alaska Native Corporations/villages may request a match waiver or reduced match for this funding opportunity;
  • Funding minimum is $50,000 and the funding maximum is $300,000, but cross-boundary projects that span more than one tribe may be considered for up to $600,000 per project.

Applications are due on December 15, 2023.

Detailed information on this grant opportunity along with a link to the USDA Forest Service application can be found here. 

First Nations can provide technical assistance to tribal entities including tribes, Alaska Native Corporations and villages, tribal organizations, and Native-led non-profit organizations. Technical assistance can come in the form of proposal development, proposal feedback or editing, and support locating matching funds, if applicable. If you have questions regarding this funding opportunity or are interested in technical assistance support, please contact Mary Adelzadeh at madelzadeh@firstnations.org.

 

Capacity Support Grants

Tribes, Alaska Native Corporations/Villages, tribal organizations, and Native-led nonprofit organizations interested in applying for the Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program or Landscape Scale Restoration Program grant opportunities can apply for up to $5,000 in capacity support funding from First Nations. These grants can be used to cover the cost of staff time or consultants (such as grant writers) to develop a proposal for these opportunities.

Apply here!

Tribal Funding for Landscape Scale Restoration Webinar

This first episode in First Nations' Tribal Land Stewardship Funding Opportunity Webinar Series provides an overview of the Landscape Scale Restoration Program and how tribes have benefitted from this funding.

Access the recording and presentation materials.