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PEFC Collaboration Fund

The PEFC Collaboration Fund seeks to support efforts to advance sustainable forest management and forest certification around the world by members and partner organizations.

Through the competitive small grants programme, PEFC encourages locally relevant advancements in the sustainable management of forests.

New and independent projects which embody and stand to deliver on the Fund’s objectives through the eligible means will be considered. PEFC awarded over 450,000 Swiss Francs to 21 projects through the Collaboration Fund in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

The 2015 PEFC Collaboration Fund competition is open and accepting proposals. Make sure you send in your proposal before 4 April 2015!

Collaboration Fund Objectives

  • Stimulate new innovative approaches which contribute to PEFC strategic priorities;
  • Act as a catalyst for locally relevant projects which embody PEFC’s vision of “a world in which people manage forests sustainably”;
  • Encourage the establishment of new partnerships among organizations and/or strengthen existing partnerships;
  • Provide co-funding that leverages additional financial sources.

Eligible Activities

  • New approaches or activities that raise awareness, communicate and promote certification or certified products;
  • Capacity building that enables the expansion of forest certification;
  • Research relevant to PEFC International's Sustainability Benchmarks or the implementation of national standards;
  • Research and exploration to further integrate new products, services and/or approaches into PEFC certification schemes.

Eligible Grantees

PEFC members and other non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. Project partners may also include private and public sector organizations. If the lead grantee is not a PEFC member, it is desirable for a PEFC member to be a project partner (find out more about current PEFC members and how to become a PEFC member).

Grant Amounts

Proposals requesting a PEFC Collaboration Fund contribution of up to CHF 40,000 with a project timeframe up to 2 years are currently under consideration. The fund will support new and additional activities rather than existing, ongoing work and running costs. Grantees must provide evidence of at least 35% additional co-funding from other sources within the overall project budget. In-kind contributions may exceptionally be accepted as co-funding.

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