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PEFC Collaboration Fund

PEFC Collaboration Fund v02 300dpi transparent backgroundThe PEFC Collaboration Fund is our competitive small grants programme. It supports efforts to advance sustainable forest management and forest certification around the world by PEFC members and partner organizations.

Since it began in 2011, the PEFC Collaboration Fund has become an increasingly successful way of providing financial support to a range of projects within the field of forest certification. These projects not only accelerate sustainable forest management but also foster collaboration amongst a variety of different actors.

Over the last eight years, we have awarded over 900,000 Swiss Francs and leveraged co-funding of more than one million Swiss Francs to 39 projects around the world.

The next opportunity to submit a project to the Fund will be in 2019.

To stay informed, sign up to our newsletter for news of the next call for proposals. However, you can sign up the join our Technology and Innovation Platform at any time.

Collaboration Fund objectives

  • Stimulate new innovative approaches that contribute to our strategic priorities;
  • Act as a catalyst for innovations that will enable us to further the progress wheel of certification;
  • Encourage the establishment of new partnerships amongst organizations and/or strengthen existing partnerships;
  • Provide co-funding that leverages additional financial sources.

Who can submit a project?

PEFC members, both national members and international stakeholder members, are eligible to apply and must be the main project applicant. Project partners may include all kinds of organizations, including private and public sector organizations.

Proposals can request a contribution of up to 50,000 CHF and must have a maximum project timeframe of three years. The fund will support new and additional activities rather than existing, ongoing work and running costs. Grantees must provide evidence of at least 35% co-funding from other sources within the overall project budget.

Not a PEFC member?

Then join our online Technology and Innovation Platform. This platform provides ongoing interaction between PEFC International, PEFC members, solution providers and other stakeholders who are interested in supporting and contributing to purposeful innovation within forest certification.

Whether you are looking for opportunities to pilot test your solution within PEFC, or simply general interaction and discussion with PEFC and partners on innovation, sign up now to get involved.

If you have any queries, let us know at, you can also find more information in our 2018 Call for Proposals.

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Forest owners: > 750,000
Companies (CoC): > 20,000

(as of December 2018)

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PEFC Collaboration Fund over the years

We have awarded over 900,000 Swiss Francs to 39 projects...


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