The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® is inviting applications for its Conservation and Community Partnerships Grants program. The program, now in its third year, supports research and outreach on responsible forestry. The 2012 Request for Proposals invites applications for projects that illustrate or inform the role of SFI in supporting water resources. Proposed projects should illustrate the role of SFI Standard requirements in protecting water quality and quantity, such as effectively applying BMPs and demonstrating how the SFI standard supports their implementation.
In addition, SFI 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. Of the 24 projects which have received support from the SFI Grant Program since 2010, many have been multi-year projects which are still ongoing. The complete 2012 RFP and the latest information about the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant program are posted at www.sfiprogram.org/conservation-grant/index.php. The deadline for 2012 grant applications is Wednesday March 14, 2012. For more information, contact SFI’s Allison Welde, Director, Conservation Partnerships, 202-596-3452.