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SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program


Request for Proposals

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI Inc.) is pleased to announce the opening of the Request For Proposals for the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program. The application period opens August 10, 2015, with applications being accepted through Friday, October 2, 2015.

Since 2010, SFI has awarded 66 Conservation and Community Partnership Grants totaling more than $1.9 million to foster research and pilot efforts to better inform future decisions about our forests. When leveraged with project partner contributions that total exceeds $7.1 million. SFI is looking forward to another successful and productive year for the Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program. This year SFI will award up to $400,000 in new Conservation and Community Partnership projects. You may download the application and supporting information for each program here:


Grant RFP Timeline

SFI Inc. opens RFP:
August 11, 2015
All proposals due to SFI Inc.: October 2, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. ET
(no exceptions)
Applicants advised on decision: December 18, 2015


Grant Application Forms

Conservation Grants

Details: Priority for projects which measure, demonstrate, or establish methodologies to demonstrate, the conservation-related values of SFI-certified forestlands (lands certified to the SFI Forest Management Standard), 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.). 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 climate change, forest health, water, 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.
Download the Conservation grant application:
  - Word document (English)
  - PDF document (English)
  - Visit process page here



Community Grants

Details: The purpose of SFI’s Community Partners Grant Program is to elevate and enrich the link between people and forests. We award grants to collaborative conservation and community-based programs, to include projects, activities or events, of non-profit and/or charitable organizations, SFI program participants and other stakeholders who support SFI’s core mission to connect communities to forests and to educate the next generation of future forest leaders. 
SFI seeks requests in the following six areas: connect youth to forests; train and educate current and future practitioners and professionals; 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; promote best practices for using forest products certified to SFI standards, including programs such as “It Starts at Home” and partnerships with Habitat for Humanity; and or demonstrate the conservation values of SFI-certified forests through community-related projects.
Download the Community grant application:
 - Word document (English)
 - PDF document (English)
 - Visit process page here


Related Documents:

In preparation for your submission, you may want to review the following documents:



The grant RFPs include a wide range of information likely to be required by most applicants, so interested parties are encouraged to review the RFP before submitting questions. 

General questions:
(202) 596-3450

For any additional information, please contact:

For Conservation Grants: USA

Paul Trianosky
Vice President of Conservation & External Affairs
Tel: 423-571-2562

For Conservation Grants: Canada

Andrew de Vries
Vice President, Conservation &
Indigenous Relations
Tel: 613-424-8734

For Community Grants

Amy Doty
Manager, Community Outreach
Tel: 202-596-3458




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