SFI Community Grant

Sustainable Forestry Initiative

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

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

Fields of work: Forestry

Applicant type: Government Entity, Nonprofit, 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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Sustainable Forestry Initiative

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Community Grants support and promote collaboration with the SFI Network to support local communities’ understanding of the value and benefits of sustainably managed forests.

Community grants are awarded for collaborative community-based projects, activities or events supporting SFI’s mission to advance sustainability through forest-focused collaborations, across the US and Canada. All projects must be submitted by an SFI Implementation Committee (SIC) or non-profit organization. If the proposal is submitted by a non-profit organization, the project must include an SFI Implementation Committee or SFI Program Participant as an active project partner.

Community Grants Criteria

For SFI Community Grants applications in this grant cycle, SFI Inc. seeks proposals addressing one or more of the following priorities in the 2020-2024 SFI Strategic Direction:


Strategic Priority #2– Grow certification across all three SFI Standards in existing and emerging markets through the standard revision process, technology and innovation, and strategic partnerships.


Strategic Priority #10– Develop a sustainable PLT program built on a learning framework that uses trees and forests as a window on the world, delivered through curriculum and an engaged network.

Strategic Priority #11– Grow professional development for educators, loggers, architects, and other influencers to enable them to make informed decisions and take responsible actions.

Strategic Priority #12– Strengthen outdoor opportunities as well as green career pathways for youth.


Strategic Priority #5– Generate, measure, and communicate conservation outcomes (water purified, biodiversity maintained/recovered, carbon stored) that demonstrate the contribution of SFI’s footprint to overall ecosystem health and sustainability.


Strategic Priority #7– Communicate with and leverage the SFI network to build mutual understanding in the communities where they operate about the benefits of sustainably managed forests and products.

Strategic Priority #8– Grow meaningful relationships with Indigenous, African American, and underserved communities to advance social, economic and environmental opportunities.

Strategic Priority #9– Focus partnerships, grant giving, and communications to build greater understanding of the role of forests and trees in our everyday lives.

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.


This page was last reviewed August 05, 2020 and last updated August 05, 2020