The NC SFI SIC collaboratively promotes and facilitates sustainable forest management by example and by providing guidance, assistance and education – including grants – to forest industry professionals, private forest owners, educators and others supporting the SFI’s principles. Grant amounts range between $500 and $20,000 and must be submitted by July 1, 2018 for consideration for the next grant cycle.
If you should you have any questions about the grant process, please do not hesitate to contact NC SFI SIC Vice Chair, Glenn Sheehan with Greenwood Resource Inc. at (803) 543-0352 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The NC SFI SIC awards grants are available to fund SFI compatible activities in four categories:
1. Landowner Outreach – For programs that encourage or support sustainable forest management by private, non-industrial forest owners and managers consistent with SFI principles. The objective is to increase the amount of well managed and certified acres in North Carolina
2. Forest Professionals Education and Training – For programs that provide, directly or indirectly, education and training for forestry professionals (e.g., loggers, wood transporters, foresters, technicians) in areas consistent with SFI principles such as sustainable forestry, best management practices, safety, and other topics identified in the SFI Standard. The objective is to increase the knowledge of forestry practitioners to implement sustainable practices on all forestlands in North Carolina
3. Public Outreach – For programs that support forestry education (whether in the classroom or elsewhere, whether formal or non-traditional) or other public outreach activities, which promote sustainable forestry awareness and practices, consistent with SFI principles. The objective is to increase and improve SFI recognition in North Carolina
4. Market Outreach/Recruitment – For programs that increase and improve SFI recognition and increase the number of third party certified organizations in the NC SFI SIC
CLICK HERE for the grant application for next award cycle (2019).
Applicants must use the NC SFI SIC application form. Electronic Submissions must be sent by 11:59 p.m., July 1. Submissions by U.S. Postal Service must be postmarked no later than July 1. Submissions hand delivered or sent by courier (FedEx, UPS, etc.) must arrive at the SIC office by 5:00 p.m., July 1.
Grants Awarded in 2017 for projects to be completed in 2018
Roanoke Economic Development – $10,000 for Sustaining Forestry & African American Land Retention and Youth Steam Summit
Appalachian State University – $5,000 for Carbon Offset Project
Institute of Art, Landscape & Sustainable Spaces – $15,000 for Community Youth Program Focused on Forestry and Natural Resource Education
Forest Education and Conservation Fund – $4,000 for Wildlife Station
Forest Education and Conservation Fund – $7,500 for ProLogger Segment on Soil Productivity and Reforestation
North Carolina Tree Farm Program – $13,750 for Re-Inspection of Tree Farms
North Carolina Tree Farm Program – $7,500 for Forest Landowner Outreach Summit
The NC SFI also approved direct line item funding for the NCFA’s top education initiatives, including $10,000 for the production of Goods from the Woods Boxes, $10,000 for the Forest & Environmental Camps, and $40,000 for the Sustainable Forestry Teachers Experience.
“We appreciate the financial support from the NC SFI committee for our education outreach programs,” stated NCFA Senior Director of Communications Chris Brown. “We rely on our members to provide us with the ideas and direction for all of our programming, especially in the education arena. These funds allow us to reach more with better, allowing us to create attractive and informative materials and workshops for our kids and educators.”
The NCFA’s Sustainable Forestry Teachers Experience (SFTE) reached just over 100 educators this year with stops in New Bern, Asheville and Southern Pines. In addition to a first-hand experience with industry professionals, each educator left with supplies and lesson plans to empower them with the tools to teach their pupils about forestry and the forest products industry.
All totaled, the NC SFI will award $122,750 this year in grants. This marks a high-water mark for the grant program and demonstrates the SFI program’s commitment to sustainable forestry and forestry education.