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Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program

Grants to USA and Canada Nonprofits to
Promote Responsible Forest Management

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)

Deadline Date:

10/09/18 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA and Canada nonprofits to support sustainable forest management and to involve communities in efforts to build understanding of the value of forests and biodiversity. The research generated by these projects is intended to assess conservation values and improve forest management.

There are two types of grants available: Community Partnerships Grants and Conservation Grants.

Community Grant Program Criteria

The purpose of SFI’s Community Grant Program is to elevate and enrich the link between people and forests. SFI awards two types of Community-based grants:

1. Community Partnership grants are awarded for collaborative community-based projects, activities or events which support SFI’s core mission to connect communities to forests. Applications which feature creative partnerships, and/or high degrees of leverage (e. g. matching funds, scale of impact, etc.) are preferred.

2. SFI Inc. also offers competitive grants to SFI Implementation Committees (SIC) through an SFI Board-designated fund – the SFI Implementation Committee Community Engagement Fund. These grants are intended to help SICs with their capacity to support SFI’s strategic direction. Eligible entities for application are limited to SFI Implementation Committees. Funds will be granted to SICs who:

- Illustrate best practices for SIC engagement (e.g. logger training, government and local leader outreach, university relations, indigenous groups, etc.);
- Expand SIC involvement in critical work areas (e.g. getting youth outdoors, green careers, African American land retention, PLT State Network collaboration, etc.);
- Pioneer new partnerships to facilitate scale and impact.

For both categories of Community grants, SFI seeks requests in the following five areas:

- Leverage the engagement of Sustainable Forestry Initiative Implementation Committees (SICs) to enrich the link between people and forests.
- Engage and educate youth to encourage understanding, appreciation and hands-on interaction with the natural world.
- Train and educate current and future practitioners who are engaged in actions affecting the future of our forests.
- Support and promote Aboriginal, Tribal and Heritage values.
- Support underserved communities through forestry, with a focus on urban forestry, rural communities and/or minority landowners.

Conservation Grant Program Criteria

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. Projects which advance communication of these values through the supply chain, and with relevant stakeholders, are also desirable.

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.
- Studies that examine the value added by SFI-certified forests or forests subject to SFI Fiber Sourcing in regards to conservation attributes of broad interest (e.g. water, climate adaptation, biodiversity, carbon, etc.).
- Studies that demonstrate the climate change mitigation value of SFI managed forests and/or which demonstrate how mitigation initiatives may be incorporated as an element of multiple-objective forest management regimes.
- Collaborative approaches toward increased understanding of conservation values in managed forests, that build from previously established methodologies, including those resulting from past or current SFI Conservation Grants, especially as they may be applied in new landscapes, and/or in refinement of metrics.
- Projects that utilize previously established methodologies, including those resulting from past or current SFI Conservation Grants, to explore cross cutting conservation values (e.g. utilizing established spatial data or analytical methods previously applied to water quality to calculate biodiversity or carbon values).
- Innovative projects that utilize established conservation values associated with SFI certification to engage key market influencers, brand owners, conservation stakeholders and related interests.

All proposals must meet the core requirements listed here. Projects which do not meet these core requirements will not be considered:

- Projects must be collaborative and involve at least one Project Partner, in addition to the Lead Organization. Additional Project Partners may strengthen the proposal.

- 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”. Letters of support from Program Participants or Implementation Committees should be included with the application.

- 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.

- 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.

- All Project Partners involved in the Project must agree to authorize SFI Inc. to publicize the Project and to use their names, images, logos and information about the Project in such publicity. All Organizations listed in the application will be required to sign a Communications Agreement to this effect. 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. Any additional Project Partners joining the Project after an application is accepted by SFI Inc. will also be required to sign the agreement. To the extent possible, SFI Inc. will work cooperatively with Project Partners on any publicity associated with the project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175540

Estimated Size of Grant:

Most successful conservation grants are in the range of $15,000 to $30,000 per year.
Community grants are typically in the range of $2,500 to $10,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

All grants have a maximum allowable SFI funding period of three years. But this funding could contribute to an ongoing project that has a longer timeframe.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility for Community Proposals

All proposals must meet the core requirements listed here. Projects which do not meet these core requirements will not be considered:

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. Additional non-profit conservation or community partners may strengthen the Proposal.

Eligibility for Conservation Proposals

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; however, additional non-profit conservation partners will increase the strength of the application. Indigenous groups are also eligible to apply.
- Applicants must submit a tax identification number as proof of tax-exempt status within the Online Application Form.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline
Request for Proposals issued: August 6, 2018
Proposals due to SFI, Inc.: October 9, 2018 by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (no exceptions)
Lead Organizations advised of results: By December 19, 2018

Applications are preferred in English, but applications for projects in Canada may be submitted in French.

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.

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/default.asp?SA=SNA&FID=35008&SESID=32643&RL=

Request for inclusion on the RFP distribution list and general inquiries:
Rocco Saracina, Conservation Coordinator
Rocco.Saracina@sfiprogram.org
202-596-3459

Conservation Grants: USA
Paul Trianosky, Chief Conservation Officer
Paul.Trianosky@sfiprogram.org
423-727-7222

Conservation Grants: Canada
Darren Sleep, Senior Director, Conservation Strategies
Darren.Sleep@sfiprogram.org
613-424-8734

Community Grants: USA and Canada
Amy Doty, Manager, Community Outreach
Amy.Doty@sfiprogram.org
202-596-3458

Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc.
2121 K St. NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20037

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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