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Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Conservation Grants

Grants to USA and Canada Nonprofits for Collaborative Projects
Addressing Forestry Conservation and Management

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Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)

Deadline Date:

09/30/19 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA and Canada nonprofits, such as community organizations, conservation groups, colleges, universities, and tribal groups, for projects addressing conservation issues in forest management. Funding is intended to support collaborative projects involving nonprofits, SFI Program Participants, and other stakeholders, and which support SFI Program objectives.

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Conservation Grants support collaborative projects that involve non-profit organizations, SFI Program Participants and other stakeholders, and which support SFI Program objectives.  

For SFI Conservation Grants 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. Projects which advance communication of these values through the supply chain, and with relevant stakeholders, are also desirable. 

For examples of priority projects, see pages 4-5 of the Instructions and Criteria document in Supporting Documents below. 

Projects must be collaborative and involve at least one Project Partner, in addition to the Lead Organization. Additional non-profit conservation or community partners may strengthen the Proposal.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175540

Estimated Size of Grant:

Most successful conservation grants are in the range of $15,000 to $30,000 per year, though some have been more, and a few have been less.

Term of Contract:

All grants have a maximum allowable SFI funding period of three years. But this funding could contribute to an ongoing project that has a longer timeframe.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

“Lead Organization” is a conservation group, college or university, community organization, SFI Implementation Committee, aboriginal or tribal group, or other non-profit that submits this application.

The Project Lead Organization (i.e. the Applicant) must be a tax exempt, non-profit organization (e.g., a 501(c) (3) in the US 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 outlined in the RFP.

Note: SFI Implementation Committees, Colleges, universities and schools qualify as non-profit organizations; however additional non-profit conservation partners will increase the strength of the application. Indigenous groups are also eligible to apply.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:

- Request for Proposals issued – July 29, 2019
- Proposals due to SFI, Inc. – September 30, 2019 by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (no exceptions)
- Lead Organizations advised of results – By December 16, 2019

Applications are preferred in English, but applications for projects in Canada may be submitted in French.

Project Lead Organization and Project Partners are strongly encouraged to secure matching or in-kind funds for the Project from other organizations and/or other outside funding sources. Applications without matching or in-kind funds may still be considered, however those demonstrating matching or in-kind funds of 1:1 or greater will be given stronger consideration.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_5710/default.asp?SA=SNA&FID=35008&SESID=32643&RL=

For Conservation Projects in Canada:

Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc.
1306 Wellington Street, Suite 400
Ottawa, ON K1Y 3B2
Attention: Darren Sleep
Senior Director, Conservation Strategies
Phone: 613-424-8734
E-mail: Darren.Sleep@sfiprogram.org

For Conservation Projects in the United States:

Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc.
2121 K St. NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20037
Attention: Paul Trianosky
Chief Conservation Officer
Phone: 423-571-2562
E-mail: Paul.Trianosky@sfiprogram.org

For General Program Inquires:

Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc.
2121 K St. NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20037
Attention: Rocco Saracina
Manager, Conservation Partnerships
Phone: 202-596-3459
E-mail: Rocco.Saracina@sfiprogram.org

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 grants@sfiprogram.org.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

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