SFI Community Grant

Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $10,000

Anticipated deadline: Oct 10, 2018 8:59pm PDT

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit College / University Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Training / Capacity Building, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Canada, United States

Location of residency: Canada, United States

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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 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.

For the SFI Community Partners Grant cycle, SFI seeks requests in the following six areas, with further information on each provided below. 

  1. Connect youth to forests.
  2. Train and educate current and future practitioners and professionals including, but not limited to: 
    • Loggers
    • Resource Managers
    • Estate Planners
    • Architects
  3. Support and promote Aboriginal, Tribal and Heritage values.
  4. Support underserved communities through forestry, with a focus on urban forestry, rural communities and/or minority landowners. 
  5. 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.
  6. Demonstrate the conservation values of SFI-certified forests through community-related projects. 

SFI is seeking creative approaches to address the following topical categories.

Connect Youth to Forests

We all know that too many of today’s children are disconnected from the natural world. At SFI we want to partner with organizations that will join with us in getting children to appreciate the natural world and get outside and in the woods, or as we like to say, to help them go “from screen time to tree time.” 

Train and Educate Current and Future Practitioners and Professionals

Sustainable forestry and the future of our forests depend on the commitment and expertise of a wide range of future practitioners and professionals. For example, SFI Implementation Committee-recognized logger training programs train thousands of loggers a year. Since 1995, more than *170,000 resource and harvesting professionals have been trained. In 2015 alone, over 10,000 individuals participated in training to promote the understanding of water quality, biodiversity and other sustainable forestry practice requirements. 

Our community grant program seeks to support these efforts as well as training for current and future practitioners and other professional groups including university students, estate planners, resource managers and architects – all of whom have a role to play in advancing sustainable forestry and promoting wood products from certified forests. 

*This total may include individuals who have completed training programs more than once. Data provided by Forest Resources Association.

Support and promote Aboriginal, Tribal and Heritage Values

Across North America, native peoples were the first stewards of our forests. SFI is committed to ensuring that the traditional knowledge that resides in these communities continues to be shared and appreciated. 

Support Underserved Communities 

Everyone has a connection to forests through the air they breathe, the water they drink, the forest-based products they use, and the multitude of other public benefits forests provide. But not all communities have the same access to understanding this relationship, or benefiting from it. Underserved communities can include landowners who may not have ready access to forest management services, indigenous communities suffering from a lack of accessible housing, or urban youth who haven’t had the opportunity to learn about forests, or gain a sense of the value of forests in their lives.

Promote Best Practices for Using Forest Products Certified to the SFI Standard.

Grants in this area should help tell the story of the impact of SFI’s forest certification program from landowner to brand owner to consumer. 

Demonstrate the Conservation Values of SFI-certified Forests through Community-Related Projects.

Forests and the forest sector provide a wide range of values from clean air and water to wildlife habitat to wood products that improve our quality of life. They also provide equally important recreational and educational opportunities. Projects in this category will help illustrate those conservation values through opportunities to connect communities with forest-based products and values.

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  • The Lead Organization in the Project must be a registered, tax-exempt (for example, a 501(c) (3) in the US or registered with the Charities Directorate of the Canada Revenue Agency in Canada), non-profit and/or charitable organization. 
    • Please note: SFI Implementation Committees, colleges and universities qualify as tax-exempt organizations. Indigenous groups are also eligible to apply. 
  • Projects must be collaborative and involve at least one Project Partner, in addition to the Lead Organization. 


  • Additional non-profit conservation or community partners will increase the strength of the application.
  • While not mandatory, Lead Organizations are encouraged to partner with SFI Program Participants or  SFI Implementation Committees where appropriate. 
  • These elements are not mandatory, but SFI Inc. will give preference to Proposals that contain one or more of the following desirable elements:

    • The Project demonstrates how SFI certification complements or engages existing cooperative or government initiatives (including, but not limited to, landscape-scale collaborations) that advance conservation objectives in managed forests, and includes involvement from decision-makers associated with relevant initiatives.  
    • 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. 
    • Organizations are strongly encouraged to speak about the Project in public venues, including the SFI Annual Conference, or other venues identified by SFI Inc. and the Project partners.
      • Proposals that include plans for such project promotion may be given stronger consideration.


  • SFI will not grant funds to cover overhead costs, but such funds could be used to describe “matching” dollars considered essential to the project.

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