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Sustainable Forestry Initiative: Conservation and Community Partnerships Grants

Deadline: October 10, 2016

Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Inc. is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management. It works with conservation groups, local communities, resource professionals, landowners, and other organizations and individuals who share its passion for responsible forest management.

Grants from SFI 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 resource professionals need 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 Grants: SFI 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. Secondary priority will be placed on innovative projects related to the application of the SFI Forest Management or Fiber Sourcing standards, and particularly in the areas of forest health, wildlife, fish, biodiversity, or which support the growth of SFI certification within the Aboriginal/Tribal community, or which enhance the capacity of this community to assess and manage natural and cultural resources.
  • Community Grants: The purpose of SFI’s Community Partners Grant Program is to elevate and enrich the link between people and forests. Community grants bring communities and forests together to help shape a sustainable future. In addition to projects focused on youth education, SFI is also focused on promoting respect for traditional Indigenous values, helping provide sustainable housing for low-income families, and supporting other projects to build understanding of the importance of responsible forestry.

Amount: Conservation grants typically range from $15,000-$30,000 and community grants from $5,000-$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).

Link: http://www.sfiprogram.org/community-conservation/conservation-community-partnerships-grant-program/grant-rfp-process/

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