SFI Conservation Grant

Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Grant amount: US $15,000 - US $30,000

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

Applicant type: Nonprofit College / University Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Research, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Canada, United States

Location of residency: Canada, United States

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For Conservation Grant 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.

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 forest health, 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.

Examples of priority projects which may serve to demonstrate the conservation-related values of SFI certified lands, or SFI Fiber Sourcing activities, may include:

  • Projects which quantify the impact of SFI Program Participant activities relative to improving stream habitat and/or water quality.
  • Studies that quantify the relationship between diversity of age-classes and structure in well-managed forests, and forest ecosystem water storage, and filtering. A related component could include quantifying the value of reforestation in promoting water quality and regulating flow.
  • Studies that quantify the contribution of SFI-certified forests, or SFI Fiber Sourcing, toward the attainment of broadly accepted conservation goals in landscapes of conservation interest.
  • Studies that measure or illustrate the unique role of large blocks of managed forests in contributing to the habitat needs of wide-ranging species, climate change adaptation, contributions to landscape-scale objectives, or other worthy conservation objectives that demonstrate the unique attributes and scale of SFI certified forests.
  • Rapid ecological or biological assessments on selected SFI certified forestlands to quantify their biodiversity-related values, and/or any assessments that could suggest scalable methods to examine the biodiversity-related contributions of SFI’s 283 million acre (114 million hectare) certified forest footprint.
  • Studies that examine the difference in value added of SFI-certified forests versus other forests, in regards to conservation attributes of broad interest (e.g. water, climate adaptation, biodiversity, carbon, etc.).
  • Studies which measure the numbers or percentage of species by group (e.g., reptiles, birds, mammals) that are utilizing SFI-certified forests, at a regional, sub-national or national scale. Of particular interest would be any such studies which focus on the unique benefits of sustainably managed forests toward particular species or groups;
  • Application of any established, internationally accepted methodology for quantifying the carbon sequestered by SFI certified forests

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  • 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; Indigenous groups are also eligible to apply.
        • Non-profit applicants must submit current proof of non-profit status with this application.
      • Projects must be collaborative and involve at least one Project Partner, in addition to the Lead Organization. 
      • Projects must include a SFI Program Participant or a  SFI Implementation Committee (SIC) as a Project Partner, and where applicable must take place in part or in whole on lands/sources certified to the SFI 2015-2019 Forest Management Standard or lands providing fiber through the SFI 2015-2019 Fiber Sourcing Standard”.
      • The project results must have implications or benefits that are applicable to other sites, or which may be adaptable to a larger scale.


      • Additional non-profit Project 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.  
        • 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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