Aug 9, 2017 - 2 years ago
By Supply Post
Sustainable Forestry Initiative Opens Request For Proposals: Seeks New
Partners For Conservation And Community Projects In The U.S. And Canada
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) has announced that the opening of its annual request for proposals (RFP) for the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program. The grants program supports SFI’s work to promote sustainable forest management through partnerships with conservation groups that are contributing to the understanding of critical links between forests and communities across the range of American and Canadian forests, and community groups working at the intersection of sustainable forestry, responsible procurement and thriving communities.
"SFI is proud to stand with so many partners that lead the way on positively impacting the future of our forests. This new grant cycle allows us to reassert our role as a sustainability leader that is working beyond supply chain assurances to elevate conservation value and foster community engagement,” said Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of SFI Inc. “We look forward to this round of proposals and how they will contribute to our scientific understanding, long-standing commitment to forest research, and shared quality of life.”
Since 2010, SFI has awarded more than 100 grants to foster conservation and community-building
projects across North America. When leveraged with project partner contributions, the combined
investment exceeds $13.2 million. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 pm EST, Tuesday,
October 10, 2017. SFI grants are available to academic institutions, non-profit organizations and
Download this year's RFP instructions and criteria.
For SFI Conservation Grant applications, SFI Inc. is placing a priority on projects that measure,
demonstrate, or establish methodologies to demonstrate, the conservation-related values of SFI-certified forestlands, or values promoted by the SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard. 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.
SFI’s Community Partnerships Grant Program is focused on elevating and enriching the links
between people and forests. SFI awards grants to collaborative community-based projects, activities or events that support SFI’s core mission to connect communities to forests. Applications that feature creative partnerships or high degrees of leverage (e.g., matching funds, scale of impact, etc.) are preferred.
In 2016 and 2017, SFI provided 13 conservation grants to academic and non-profit institutions, including the American Bird Conservancy, Foothills Research Institute, Laval University Faculty of Forestry - Geography and Geomatics, Nature Conservancy of Canada, Saskatchewan Research Council, The Nature Conservancy - Georgia Chapter, University of Georgia, University of Northern British Columbia, The Boreal Avian Modelling Project, GreenBlue, Manomet, NatureServe, and Saskatchewan Research Council.
And, in 2016 and 2017, SFI provided 16 community grants to partners including Cornell University, Earth Rangers, Muckleshoot Tribe, National Wild Turkey Federation, San Carlos Apache Forest Resources Program, Black Family Land Trust, Cree First Nation of Waswanipi, Forests Ontario, Fraser Basin Council Society, Maine SFI Implementation Committee, Scouts Canada, South Carolina Forestry Foundation, South Dakota Project Learning Tree, The Greening of Detroit, Trees for Tomorrow, and Whitefish
Montana School District.
Several highlights of these grants include:
• The Canadian Forest Carbon Assessment, led by the Saskatchewan Research Council,
is building a roadmap to conduct a comprehensive carbon-stock assessment for well-managed
forests, including those certified to SFI. This project will quantify carbon storage in different
forest ecosystems using national and regional data and examine forest management practices
that influence carbon stocks.
• The Conservation Values of Forests Project, led by NatureServe, will help consolidate and
illustrate the biodiversity-related conservation value of forests certified to SFI, ultimately helping
stakeholders to understand and communicate conservation outcomes. Findings will also help
forest managers improve wildlife habitat across large landscapes.
• A Tree, Is A Tree, Is A Tree 101, led by the Black Family Land Trust, is engaging African
Americans in Southside Virginia to turn family forest assets into performing assets for today,
tomorrow and for generations to come.
• Marten Monitoring and Youth Knowledge Transfer Program, is an effort led by the
Cree First Nation of Waswanipi in Quebec to evaluate the impact of wildlife management
guidelines on marten populations and transfer knowledge to Cree youth in the community by
combining science and traditional knowledge.
• A Guide to Harvesting Family Woodlands, being developed by the Maine SFI
Implementation Committee, will be a key tool to conserve forests, educate forest owners and
build partnerships among family woodland owners and forest managers.
Learn more about the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program, read about current and past grant projects, and review the RFP process on our website. For additional questions, please contact Rocco Saracina, Manager of Conservation Partnerships.