Sustainable Forestry Initiative Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI Inc.) is pleased to announce that the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program Request For Proposals (RFP) will open Monday August 8, 2016, and applications will be accepted through Monday October 10, 2016. The RFP document containing all the details for application will be available on our website beginning August 8 and will be announced in a news release by SFI on that day. Though 2016 program requirements may differ slightly, you may wish to review last year’s application forms:

Through the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program, SFI invests directly in forest related research and community initiatives that broaden our understanding of the conservation attributes of well managed forests, link our communities to future forests, and help improve the quality of life for the communities that depend on them.

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

  • American Bird Conservancy is showing how sustainable forest management can benefit habitats for bird species at risk in the U.S. Southeast and Pacific Northwest. Building on a 2014 SFI Grant, ABC will spearhead pilot projects to quantify and improve the value of forests certified to SFI for bird species of conservation interest.

SFI Community Grants bring communities and forests together to help shape a sustainable future. In addition to projects focused on youth education, SFI is also focused on promoting respect for traditional Indigenous values, helping provide sustainable housing for low-income families, and supporting other projects to build understanding of the importance of responsible forestry. Examples of Community Grants include:

  • Cornell University is engaging at-risk youth to build bird nest boxes using SFI-sourced lumber and developing a free online curriculum to engage more youth in bird conservation.
  • An SFI grant will help Earth Rangers deliver their School Assembly Program to over 200,000 students across Canada, bringing forest conservation to life by bringing live animals and high quality forest-related content to student education. 

The grants program is available to academic institutions, non-profit organizations and indigenous groups. If you have any questions, or would like to be included in the RFP notification, please contact Rocco Saracina, Conservation Coordinator at or (202) 596-3459