SFI Conservation Grants Program – US & Canada
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) is seeking applications for its Conservation Grants Program to support collaborative projects that engage non-profit organizations, SFI-certified organizations and other stakeholders, and that support SFI’s mission of advancing sustainability through forest-focused collaboration.
Since 2010, SFI has awarded 66 SFI Conservation Grants totaling more than $4 million to foster research and pilot efforts to better inform future decisions and best management practices for managing their forests. When leveraged with project partner contributions, total investment exceeds $15 million.
The SFI Conservation Grants Program strives to quantify and demonstrate the value of SFI-certified forestlands, and lands providing fiber through the SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard, toward mitigating climate change impacts, enhancing biodiversity, and protecting water resources. SFI Conservation Grant projects, as part of the SFI Conservation Impact Project, help quantify the impact of the standards and support continual improvement through the identification and implementation of best management practices at scale.
The 2021 SFI Conservation Grants program will seek to address gaps in past Conservation Impact work, identify best management practices toward attainment of existing and new requirements in the SFI standards, and find opportunities to expand or deepen understanding gained from previous project outcomes.
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Grants typically range from $25,000 to $50,000 per project annually, but more extensive projects may be considered based on merit. Projects can be up to three years in duration.
The SFI Conservation Grants Program seeks to build understanding of the value of SFI certification relative to climate change, biodiversity, and water.
Lead applicants must fit into one or more of the following categories:
Registered tax exempt, not-for-profit organization (e.g., a 501(c) (3) in the U.S. or registered with the Charities Directorate of the Canada Revenue Agency in Canada)
Indigenous organization and/or association
Research, academic, or educational institution
Conservation, environmental, or community organization
SFI Implementation Committee
Projects must be primarily located within the United States and/or Canada; projects that reach beyond that geography must demonstrate direct relevancy to the stated hypothesis and requirement, and the project potential to inform understanding of conservation outcomes on lands affected by SFI certification.
For more information, visit https://www.forests.org/conservation-grant-rfp-process/