Sustainable Forestry Initiative: Conservation and Community Partnerships Grants
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative’s (SFI) annual request for proposals (RFP) for the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program provides grants that contribute to understanding the critical linkage between forests and communities across the range of American and Canadian forests, and represent SFI’s long-standing commitment to forest research. These projects provide the science-based data needed by resource professionals to improve forest management and to assess conservation values. SFI community grants build engagement at the intersection of sustainable forestry, responsible procurement, and thriving communities.
Conservation Grant Program Criteria: For Conservation Grant applications in this grant cycle, SFI Inc. is placing a priority on projects which measure, demonstrate, or establish methodologies to demonstrate, the conservation-related values of SFI-certified forestlands, or such values which result from application of the SFI Fiber Sourcing standard. Ideally such projects will be scalable to a regional, or bio-regional scale (e.g., Ponderosa Pine forests, Boreal Plains, Longleaf Pine ecosystem, the central hardwood forest, etc.). Particular attention will be paid to applications focused on conservation values in the areas of water, climate change (including both carbon attributes and forest resiliency), and biodiversity. Projects which advance communication of these values through the supply chain, and with relevant stakeholders, are also desirable.
Community Grant Program Criteria: The purpose of SFI’s Community Grant Program is to elevate and enrich the link between people and forests. SFI awards two types of community-based grants:
- Community Partnership grants are awarded for collaborative community-based projects, activities, or events which support SFI’s core mission to connect communities to forests. Applications which feature creative partnerships, and/or high degrees of leverage (e. g. matching funds, scale of impact, etc.) are preferred.
- SFI Inc. also offers competitive grants to SFI Implementation Committees (SIC) through an SFI Board-designated fund – the SFI Implementation Committee Community Engagement Fund. These grants are intended to help SICs with their capacity to support SFI’s strategic direction. Eligible entities for application are limited to SFI Implementation Committees. Funds will be granted to SICs who:
- Illustrate best practices for SIC engagement (e.g. logger training, government and local leader outreach, university relations, indigenous groups, etc.)
- Expand SIC involvement in critical work areas (e.g. getting youth outdoors, green careers, African American land retention, PLT State Network collaboration, etc.)
- Pioneer new partnerships to facilitate scale and impact
For both categories of Community grants, the SFI Community Partnerships Grant program and the SFI Implementation Committee Community Engagement Fund grant program, SFI seeks requests in the following five areas:
- Leverage the engagement of SFI Implementation Committees (SICs) to enrich the link between people and forests.
- Engage and educate youth to encourage understanding, appreciation and hands-on interaction with the natural world.
- Train and educate current and future practitioners who are engaged in actions affecting the future of our forests.
- Support and promote Aboriginal, Tribal, and Heritage values.
- Support underserved communities through forestry, with a focus on urban forestry, rural communities, and/or minority landowners.
Amount: Conservation Grants typically range from $15,000-$30,000 and Community Grants from $2,500-$10,000.
Eligibility: Nonprofit, tax exempt organizations (e.g., a 501(c)(3) in the U.S. or registered with the Charities Directorate of the Canada Revenue Agency in Canada).
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