SFI Pledges $400,000 in 2013 for Conservation Research

February 7th, 2013 by DWM Magazine

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) will deliver up to $400,000 in 2013 to support research into responsible forestry practices through the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program. Since 2010, SFI has awarded 33 grants totaling more than $1.32 million to support projects that promote sustainable forestry practices and engage communities.

┬á“The decisions we make today regarding research investments and partnerships will better inform our future understanding of how working forests can continue to provide jobs, forest products and a variety of conservation services and benefits,” says Kathy Abusow, president and CEO of SFI Inc.

Up to $250,000 is to be awarded to new grants in 2013, which will bring SFI’s total investment in conservation and community grants in 2013 to $400,000.

SFI Inc. invites applications for conservation research projects that explain or inform the role of sustainable forestry in the following grant categories: Working Forests; Water; Carbon and Bioenergy; Capacity Building; and Wildlife and Biodiversity.

In addition to the conservation research grants, SFI will award five to seven community grants in amounts up to $5,000 to support youth education in forestry, green building and advancing management and awareness of culturally important land.

The complete 2013 RFP and the latest information about the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant program are posted on the SFI website. The deadline for this year’s grant applications is Monday, March 18, 2013.

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