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Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Conservation Grants

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Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)

LOI Date:

09/15/21

Deadline Date:

10/22/21 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Description:

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Grants of up to $50,000 to USA and Canada nonprofit, indigenous, environmental, and conservation organizations and research and academic institutions for environmental conservation projects. Focus areas include enhancing biodiversity, climate change resilience, and protecting water resources. Funding is intended to identify and implement best forestry management practices.

Projects should endeavor to test and prove the specific hypotheses below. However, SFI will entertain conservation grant submissions that seek to expand or build upon past conservation grant projects and SFI Conservation Impact research to deepen understanding of critical outcomes or practices relative to the SFI standards on climate-smart forestry, fire resiliency and awareness, biodiversity maintenance and recovery, and water quality.

Climate Change

  • Hypothesis 1: Implementation of the SFI Forest Management Standard and/or SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard, or best management practices that support the new Climate Smart Forestry Objective (2022 SFI Forest Management Standards, Objective 9) and/or the SFI Fire Resiliency and Awareness Objective (2022 SFI Forest Management Standards, Objective 10) result in forests that are more resilient to climate change impacts.
  • Hypothesis 2: Implementation of the SFI Forest Management Standard and/or SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard (2015-2019 or 2022 standards) employ best management practices toward climate change adaptation and/or mitigation. Projects should specify the best management practices relative to climate change that are employed in these forests.

Biodiversity

  • Hypothesis 3: Implementation of the SFI Forest Management Standard and/or the SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard result in greater climate change resiliency for species at risk, and/or promote attainment of the biodiversity objectives of the SFI standards (SFI Forest Management Standard, Objective 4, and SFI Fiber Sourcing Objective 1), including recovery and maintenance of species at risk. Projects that enumerate the results of past certification activities should consult the 2015-2019 SFI standards.
  • Hypothesis 4: The SFI Forest Management Standard promotes best management practices that contribute to the maintenance and recovery of species at risk—projects should seek to enumerate the degree to which such practices support species at risk, and the specific practices that contribute to biodiversity outcomes. Projects may enumerate past practices (2015-2019 SFI standards) or seek to inform best management practices under the new standard (2022 SFI standards).

Water

  • Hypothesis 5: Implementation of the 2022 SFI Forest Management Standard will better ensure the maintenance of water quantity as compared to forestlands not certified to the SFI Forest Management Standard, or as compared to aggregated data across all forestlands.
  • Hypothesis 6: Lands certified to the SFI Forest Management Standard and/or lands providing fiber through the SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard effectively mitigate climate change impacts on water quality and quantity—projects should seek to enumerate specific practices and their anticipated or proven impact on water resources. Projects may enumerate past practices (2015-2019 SFI standards) or seek to inform best management practices under the new standard (2022 SFI standards).

For more information, see https://www.forests.org/wp-content/uploads/2021-SFI-CGP-RFP-Instructions-and-Criteria.pdf#page=2

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175540

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants typically range from $25,000 to $50,000 per project annually, but more extensive projects may be
considered based on merit

Term of Contract:

Conservation grants have a maximum allowable SFI funding period of three years, but funding could contribute to projects with a longer timeframe, provided that specific outcomes relative to SFI funding are clearly identified and reported.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

1. Lead applicants must fit into one or more of the following categories:
• Registered tax exempt, not-for-profit organization (e.g., a 501(c) (3) in the U.S. or registered with the Charities Directorate of the Canada Revenue Agency in Canada)
• Indigenous organization and/or association
• Research, academic, or educational institution
• Conservation, environmental, or community organization
• SFI Implementation Committee

2. Projects must be primarily located within the United States and/or Canada; projects that reach beyond that geography must demonstrate direct relevancy to the stated hypothesis and requirement, and the project potential to inform understanding of conservation outcomes on lands affected by SFI certification.

Projects must include project partners. Projects must be collaborative and involve at least one project partner, in addition to the Applicant. Additional partners may strengthen the proposal.

SFI will not grant funds to cover overhead costs, but such overhead costs could be used to describe matching dollars considered essential to the project.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for the optional Letter of Inquiry is September 15. SFI will respond to LOIs within five business days of receipt.

The final proposal must be submitted via SFI’s online application form by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on Friday, October 22, 2021.

Successful grantees and all other applicants will be notified of the status of their request no later than December 31, 2021. Grant recipients of the 2021 conservation grant RFP will commence their projects in the 2022 calendar year.

Conservation Grants: https://www.forests.org/conservationgrants/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online: https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_5710

Email LOI to:
Rachel Hamilton
Senior Coordinator, Conservation Partnerships
rachel.hamilton@forests.org
343-803-0590

Any additional inquiries related to SFI’s Conservation Grant RFP can be directed to:
Leo Viana
Senior Director, Conservation Impact
Sustainable Forestry Initiative
Email: Leonardo.viana@forests.org

SFI Canada
1306 Wellington Street West, Suite 400
Ottawa, ON KIY 3B2
Phone: 613-747-2454

SFI USA
2121 K Street NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20037
Phone: 202-596-3450

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

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