SFI Conservation Grant

Sustainable Forestry Initiative

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

Anticipated deadline: Oct 9, 2019 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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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.

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 2010, SFI has awarded 63 conservation and 63 community grants totaling more than $4.4 million to foster research and pilot efforts to better inform future decisions about our forests. When leveraged with project partner contributions, 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.

Conservation Grants

SFI Conservation Grants focus on the connection between sustainable supply chains and the natural resource values we care about like water quality, biodiversity, species at risk, carbon sequestration and resiliency to climate change.

We are placing a priority on projects with the following elements:

  • Measure, demonstrate, or establish methodologies to demonstrate, the conservation-related values of SFI-certified forestlands, or values promoted by the SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard
  • Utilize previously established methodologies, including those resulting from past or current SFI Conservation Grants, to explore cross cutting conservation values
  • Utilize conservation values associated with SFI certification to engage key market influencers, conservation stakeholders and related interests
  • Other focal topics as noted

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


  • 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 multiple sites or geographies, 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