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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 this competitive small grants programme, we encourage 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. Since we began, we have awarded over 800,000 Swiss Francs and leveraged co-funding of more than one million Swiss Francs to 36 projects in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

The 2018 PEFC Collaboration Fund is now closed, thank you for all your submissions! We will be announcing the winners later in the year.

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

Grant Amounts

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% additional co-funding from other sources within the overall project budget. In-kind contributions may exceptionally be accepted as co-funding.

PEFC Certified

Forests area: 313 million ha
Forest owners: > 750,000
Companies (CoC): > 20,000

(as of December 2017)
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PEFC Collaboration Fund over the years

We have awarded over 600,000 Swiss Francs to 36 projects...

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