As part of its ongoing efforts toward continuous improvement in sustainable forestry, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) opened its 2014 Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program.
SFI will invest in conservation research projects and collaborative partnerships that explain or inform the role of sustainable forest management in Carbon and Bioenergy; Forest Health; Water; Capacity Building; and Wildlife, Fish and Biodiversity.
The SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant program fosters research and pilot efforts to better inform future decisions about our forests,” said Kathy Abusow, President & CEO of SFI Inc.
SFI announced it will deliver up to $300,000 for forest conservation research projects, bringing total 2014 investments to over $400,000 with previously awarded multi-year research grants. Since 2010, SFI has awarded 40 grants for a total of over $1.65 million that promote sustainable forestry practices and engage communities. Together with project partner contributions, these projects represent leveraged investments of over $5 million.
In addition to the conservation research grants, SFI will award five to seven community grants in amounts up to $5,000 each to support youth education in forestry; green building; and advancing management and awareness of culturally important land. The complete 2014 RFP and the latest information about the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant program are posted at www.sfiprogram.org/community-conservation/conservation-community-partnerships-grant-program. The deadline for applications is Friday, Feb. 21 at 5 p.m. ET.