SFI Community Grant

Sustainable Forestry Initiative

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

Anticipated deadline: Jan 31, 2021 8:59pm PST

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit College / University Indigenous Group

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

Location of project: Canada, United States

Location of residency: Canada, United States

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SFI Conservation & Community Grants

The SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program fosters partnerships between organizations interested in improving forest management in the United States and Canada, and responsible procurement globally.

Projects address topics of current importance such as improving wildlife habitat management and conservation of biodiversity, avoiding controversial sources of fiber such as those resulting from illegal logging, and assisting local communities through forest education programs and green building projects for low-income families.

Since the program began in 2010, SFI has awarded 63 Conservation and 63 Community Partnership grants totaling more than $4.4 million to foster conservation and community-building projects. When leveraged with project partner contributions, that total investment exceeds $16 million.

The grant program builds on the fact that SFI is the only forest certification standard in North America that requires participants to support and engage in research activities to improve forest health, productivity and sustainable management of forest resources, and the environmental benefits and performance of forest products. Since 1995, SFI program participants have invested more than $1.6 billion in forest research activities.

Community Grants

SFI Community Grants bring communities and forests together to help shape a sustainable future by encouraging a variety of initiatives including youth outreach, forest education programs, supporting tribal and Indigenous values, and green building projects for low-income families.

Priority projects :

  • Growing certification across all three SFI standards.
  • Generating, measuring, and communicating conservation outcomes that demonstrate SFI’s contribution to overall ecosystem health and sustainability.
  • Communicating with and leveraging the SFI Network to build mutual understanding of the benefits of sustainably managed forests and forest products.
  • Growing meaningful relationships with Indigenous, African American, and underserved communities to advance social, economic, and environmental opportunities.
  • Focusing partnerships, grant giving, and communications to build greater understanding of the role of forests and trees in our everyday lives.
  • Developing a sustainable Project Learning Tree (PLT) program built on a learning framework that uses trees and forests as a window on the world.
  • Growing professional development for educators, loggers, architects, and other influencers to enable them to make informed decisions and take responsible action.
  • Strengthening outdoor opportunities as well as green career pathways for youth.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • 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.
    • Applicants must submit a tax identification number as proof of tax-exempt status within the Online Application Form.

    • Please note:
      • SFI Implementation Committees are considered nonprofit entities and are strongly encouraged to apply for grant funding from the SFI Implementation Committee Community Engagement Fund, utilizing this Community Grant Application. 
      • 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. 
  • The applicant must agree to authorize SFI Inc. to publicize the Project and to use their name, images, logos and information about the Project in such publicity. The Lead Organization will provide electronic signature of the Communications Agreement within the Online Application Form. A copy of this agreement is provided as Appendix II in this instruction document. To the extent possible, SFI Inc. will work cooperatively with Project Partners on any publicity associated with the project.


  • Additional non-profit conservation or community partners may strengthen the Proposal
  • 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.
    • Lead Organizations are strongly encouraged to partner with SFI Program Participants or SFI Implementation Committees where appropriate.
    • 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.