Appalachian Forest Grants Program

AFNHA is announcing our 2023 Appalachian Forest Grants Program for projects that support AFNHA goals within the 18 AFNHA counties.

Grant requests can be from $1,000 up to $20,000. Recipients must provide non-federal match (cash or in-kind) at least equal to the amount received.

Applications are due July 31, 2023 at 5pm. The expected performance period for projects will be from October 1, 2023 through June 30, 2025.

Notice of Funding Opportunity
Application Portal
Grant projects should fit into one (or more) of these Goals. See Management Plan on for more information on Goals and Themes.

  • Preserve Assets – Identify, Preserve, Conserve, and Enhance the Assets That Reflect Forest Heritage, including natural, recreational, historical, or cultural assets, and to encourage stewardship of such assets.
  • Interpretation – Share the Stories of Forest Heritage through Education, Interpretation, and Experiences. Projects should relate to the America250 program telling diverse stories of America and the development of democracy, and/or relate to one of the AFNHA themes of Forest Abundance, Crucible of Isolation, the Logging Boom Builds the Nation, or the Resilient Forest.
  • Tourism Development – Support Sustainable Tourism and Community Development. Projects should relate to AFNHA assets and themes. Tourism projects should improve tourism attractions or enhance the visitor experience for visitor audiences. Community development projects should show the clear benefits of community improvement and engagement.
  • Partnerships – Connect and support partners. Projects in this category will primarily focus on building networks and collaboration or on providing support and training to be available to partner groups.


  • Non-profit or governmental organizations may apply. For-profit businesses are not eligible.
  • Eligible projects should accomplish or provide new or enhanced activities beyond what the organization already does. The grant project should add something new or improve the experience, not just continue operating fund.
  • The project may include some related promotion, but is not generally for marketing and advertising.
  • For projects involving physical improvements to land or buildings, the grantee is responsible for ensuring all permissions are approved and regulations followed. For projects involving youth, the grantee is responsible for coordination with schools or youth groups involved, including following all of that agency’s requirements for supervision, background checks, etc.
  • Advocacy, legislative agenda, or any presentation or interpretation that is not in accordance with AFNHA Mission, Values, and interpretive standards, are not eligible. Some projects will be expected to submit products for AFNHA review before implementation with grant funds.

Grant projects and products will include acknowledgment of AFNHA program funding.

Budget and Reporting:

Grantees will be responsible for financial reporting, including documentation of expenditures and non-federal match. Grant reporting will include an interim and final narrative of progress, visitation data, outcomes, and financial report. Reporting requirements will be detailed in the Notice of Award.

Awards under this NOFO are subject to funds available to AFNHA as authorized by Sept 30, 2023. We are glad to help organizations with applications if you are not familiar with the grant process. For questions or review of proposal drafts, email