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    Foundation Grants

    • General Mills Champions for Healthy Kids

The General Mills Champions for Healthy Kids initiative is a partnership of the General Mills Foundation, the American Dietetic Association Foundation, and the President's Council on Physical Fitness. The goal of the initiative is to encourage U.S. communities to improve the eating and physical activity patterns of young people, ages 2-18. In 2009, the initiative will award 50 grants of $10,000 each to nonprofit organizations, schools, and government agencies throughout the country that offer innovative programs to help youth develop both good nutrition and fitness habits. Local organizations that work with children, including park districts, health departments, government agencies, Native American tribes, municipal organizations, schools, YMCAs, Boys & Girls clubs, etc., are encouraged to apply. Online applications must be submitted by January 15, 2009. Visit the website listed above for program details and application information. http://www.generalmills.com/corporate/commitment/champions.aspx

National Fish and Grants Program



Five-Star Restoration


The Five-Star Restoration Matching Grants Program, an initiative of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by supporting wetland, riparian, and coastal habitat restoration projects. Grants ranging from $10,000 to $40,000 are provided to projects that build diverse partnerships and foster natural resource stewardship through education, outreach, and training activities. Partnerships should include at least five organizations that contribute to project success through funding, land, workforce support, technical support, and/or other in-kind services. Projects that can leverage the amount of funds requested with significant cash or in-kind contributions from project partners are given priority. The application deadline is February 16, 2009; an online webinar for potential applicants will be offered on December 5, 2008. Visit the website listed above for detailed program information. http://www.nfwf.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Grants

  • National Forest Foundation

The National Forest Foundation, a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3)organization, chartered by Congress, engages America in community-based and national programs that promote the health and public enjoyment of the 192 million acre National Forest System, and administers private gifts of funds and land for the benefit of the National Forests. The NFF believes that communities should play a significant role in determining the future of National Forests and Grasslands. By matching federal funds (provided under a cooperative agreement with the Forest Service) to non-federal dollars, the NFF’s Matching Awards Program (MAP) is able to effectively double the resources available to nonprofit partners to implement projects that directly benefit our National Forests and Grasslands.

  • American Hiking Society

This web site has an overview of various funds for trails, including federal appropriations, state funds, grants, and private donations. Regardless of administration or funding source, most trails are founded on public-private partnerships and include some form of cost- sharing or leveraging.

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