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Deadline: September 30, 2019

Sustainable Forestry Initiative: Conservation Grants Program

The 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 Sustainable Forestry Initiative’s (SFI) 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.

For Conservation Grant applications in this cycle, 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. Projects which advance communication of these values through the supply chain, and with relevant stakeholders, are also desirable.

Examples of priority projects which may serve to demonstrate the conservation-related values of SFI certified lands, or SFI Fiber Sourcing activities, may include:

  • Studies that calculate ecosystem service values (e.g., carbon sequestration, water filtration, and/or quantity control) by adapting established methods to quantify the impact of SFI Program Participant activities
  • Studies that quantify the relationship between diversity of age-classes and structure in well-managed forests and forest ecosystem water storage and filtering
  • Studies that quantify the contribution of SFI-certified forests, or SFI Fiber Sourcing, toward the attainment of broadly accepted conservation goals in landscapes of conservation interest
  • Studies that measure or illustrate the unique role of managed forests in contributing to the habitat needs of wide-ranging species, climate change adaptation, contributions to landscape-scale objectives, or other worthy conservation objectives that demonstrate the unique attributes and scale of SFI certified forests
  • Studies: 1) that increase understanding of conservation values in managed forests; 2) build from previously established methodologies, including those resulting from past or current SFI Conservation Grants, especially as they may be applied in new landscapes, and/or in refinement of metrics; or 3) explore cross cutting conservation values (e.g., utilizing established spatial data or analytical methods previously applied to water quality to calculate biodiversity or carbon values)
  • Innovative projects that utilize established conservation values associated with SFI certification to engage key market influencers, brand owners, conservation stakeholders, and related interests
  • Pilot efforts or studies which help fulfill sustainability data gaps associated with corporate responsibility commitments (e.g., research that illustrates forest carbon values relative to a specific product line – projects that feature collaboration with consumer-facing brands would be highly desirable in this category)
  • Pilot efforts or studies that take previously funded Conservation Impact investigations to scale
  • Studies that assess conservation values associated with the footprint of mills or facilities certified to the SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard

Amount: Conservation Grants typically range from $15,000-$30,000.

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) whose scope encompasses expertise in improved forest management, forest conservation, wildlife habitat, water resources, or other areas that would support a project related to one or more of the topics of interest.

Link: https://www.sfiprogram.org/conservation-grant-rfp-process/

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