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SFI Grant Program Request for Proposals Process

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The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) announces its annual request for proposals (RFP) for the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program in early fall of each year. 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 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. You can find details on the 2017 RFP below. To request inclusion on the RFP distribution list and for general inquiries, please contact Rocco Saracina, Manager, Conservation Partnerships at Rocco.Saracina@sfiprogram.org, or by phone at 202-596-3459.


2017 Application Instructions 



The proposal must be submitted via SFI’s Online Application Form by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.  Applicants will be notified via email that their application was received.  Late proposals will not be considered. 

SFI’s online application imposes text limits within requested fields. However, you are welcome to upload supporting documents as needed. To help you prepare for submission, you can view a sample of the application attached to the Application Instructions and Criteria Document as Appendix I. You can save progress while working on the online application, and do not need to complete the entire process in one sitting. Applications are preferred in English, but applications for projects in Canada may be submitted in French.  If you have any difficulty with the online application process, SFI staff would be happy to assist you, or to provide alternative application options. Please contact us at grants@sfiprogram.org


Links and Supporting Documents:

Click here to access SFI’s Online Grant Application Portal

Click here to download the Application Instructions and Criteria Document

Click here to download the Application Budget spreadsheet



Event Date
Request for Proposals issued August 7, 2017
Proposals due to SFI, Inc. October 10, 2017 by 11:59 pm Easter Time (no exceptions)
Lead Organizations advised of results By December 18, 2017


Following is a brief description of the Conservation and Community Grant focal areas. Please consult the complete Application Instructions for more details. 

  • 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.
  • The purpose of SFI’s Community Partnerships Grant Program is to elevate and enrich the link between people and forests. SFI awards grants to 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.


For the SFI Community Partnerships Grant program, SFI seeks requests in the following five areas:

  1. Leverage the engagement of Sustainable Forestry Initiative Implementation Committees (SICs) to enrich the link between people and forests.
  2. Engage and educate youth to encourage understanding, appreciation and hands-on interaction with the natural world.
  3. Train and educate current and future practitioners who are engaged in actions affecting the future of our forests.
  4. Support and promote Aboriginal, Tribal and Heritage values.
  5. Support underserved communities through forestry, with a focus on urban forestry, rural communities and/or minority landowners.



Inquiries regarding the Conservation and Community Partnership Grants Program are to be directed to the persons identified below. Information obtained from any other source is not official and should not be relied upon.

Request for inclusion on the RFP distrubtion list and general inquiries:
Rocco Saracina, Manager, Conservation Partnerships
Rocco.Saracina@sfiprogram.org | 202-596-3459

Conservation Grants: USA
Paul Trianosky, Chief Conservation Officer
Paul.Trianosky@sfiprogram.org | 423-571-2562

Conservation Grants: Canada
info@sfiprogram.org | 613-747-2454

Community Grants: USA and Canada
Amy Doty, Manager, Community Outreach
Amy.Doty@sfiprogram.org | 202-596-3458




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