SFI COMMUNITY GRANTS RFP PROCESS

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) Community Grants supports collaborative projects between local communities and the SFI network to increase understanding of the values and benefits provided by sustainably managed forests.

Community Grants are awarded for collaborative community-based projects, activities or events supporting SFI’s mission to advance sustainability through forest-focused collaborations, across the US and Canada.  All projects must be submitted by an SFI Implementation Committee (SIC) or non-profit organization.  If the proposal is submitted by a non-profit organization, the project must include an SFI Implementation Committee or SFI Certified Organization as an active project partner.

2023 APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

PROCESS

The proposal must be submitted via SFI’s Online Application Form by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on March 17, 2023.  Applicants will receive email notification upon application receipt. No consideration will be given to proposals received after the deadline.

TIMELINE

Request for Proposals issued – January 9, 2023

Proposals due to SFI, Inc. – March 17, 2023 by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (no exceptions)

Lead Organizations advised of results – By April 21, 2023

Project Start Date – May 1, 2023 (or later, per project timeline)

LINKS AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

COMMUNITY GRANTS PRIORITIES

Proposed SFI Community Grant Projects must specify how they will address and lead to positive outcomes in at least one of the following SFI priorities:

  1. SFI Implementation Committee (SIC) coordination on SFI 2022 standard requirements related to Climate Smart Forestry, Fire Resilience and Awareness, Conservation of Biological Diversity, and Recognize and Respect Indigenous Rights, with focus on training and best practices that can be replicated.
  2. Community uptake of the new SFI Urban and Community Forest Sustainability Standard, to further equitable access to human health and climate benefits, through support to municipalities, universities, and other entities that are preparing for certification audits or seeking progress on select objectives in the standard, such as Climate Smart Management or Human Health and Well-being.
  3. Indigenous community uptake of the SFI Small-Scale Forest Management Module for Indigenous Peoples and Families through tool kits, administration support, training, and other methods.
  4. SIC coordination with PLT partners on implementation and distribution of PLT resources and tools (e.g., the Forest Literacy Framework, Journeys of Black Professionals in Green Careers, and PLT Activity Collections, such as Nature of Fire) and SFI standards.
  5. Outreach to the architecture, engineering, and construction community about the environmental and social benefits associated with building with SFI-certified forest products.

The Lead Organization in the Project must be one of the following:

  • SFI Implementation Committee (SIC)
  • Registered, tax-exempt non-profit, and/or charitable organization (for example, a 501(c) (3) in the US or registered with the Charities Directorate of the Canada Revenue Agency in Canada). Applicants must submit a tax identification number as proof of tax-exempt status within the Online Application Form.
  • Indigenous Organization/Community
  • College/University

If an SIC is not the lead organization, Projects must include an SIC or SFI-certified organization as a Project Partner (see links below). Letters of support from an SIC or SFI-certified organization should be included with the application. You are encouraged to reach out to the SIC or SFI-certified organization with whom you intend to partner AT LEAST two weeks prior to the proposal deadline to ensure sufficient time to collaborate on the proposal.

Community Grants are typically completed within a year of the initiation of the SFI funds but may be allowed for up to a two-year timeframe. Community Grants are awarded in the range of $5,000 to $20,000 dollars per project. Projects must be located within Canada or the United States.

INQUIRIES

The RFP Application Instructions provides all information potential applicants need. Direct any additional inquiries related to this Request for Proposals to:

Gordy Mouw
Director, Network Relations
Phone: 715-220-4132
E-mail: gordy.mouw@forests.org

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