SFI Announces RFP for Conservation PartnershipsFebruary 3rd, 2012 by DWM Magazine
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) forest certification program is seeking applications for its Conservation and Community Partnerships Grants program, which is now in its third year.
“SFI Inc. has invested over $1.1 million in 24 projects since 2010,” says SFI resident and CEO Kathy Abusow. “With the help of the over 125 partners involved, the SFI Conservation and Community Grant Program has directly supported activities and community events which improve forest management activities and engage the younger generation in responsible forestry.”
With its 2012 request for proposals (RFP), SFI is seeking “applications for projects that illustrate or inform the role of SFI in supporting water resources.” The announcement notes that projects must illustrate the role of SFI Standard requirements in protecting water quality and quantity. In addition to the topic of water resources, SFI Inc. will accept exploratory research proposals on projects relating to the role of SFI certification in mitigating or adapting to climate change, in expectation that these exploratory projects will result in expanded projects in 2013, when additional funds will be available, according to the announcement.
Of the 24 projects which have received support from the SFI Grant Program since 2010, many were multi-year projects which are still ongoing, reducing the funding available for grants in 2012. As a result, there is $85,000 available for funding in 2012 for conservation projects and SFI will direct up to $35,000 for already identified community grants focusing on supporting young people’s involvement in forestry and natural resources activities and careers, according to the announcement.
The complete 2012 RFP and the latest information about the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant program are available through the group’s website. The deadline for 2012 grant applications is Wednesday March 14, 2012.